Scandinavians are the coolest people on the planet—Danes in particular. Part of the reason is due to hygge—a mostly untranslatable word that Danes live by. How to Hygge provides advice on how to make your home, work, and lifestyle more minimal and cozy. Plus, there are 50 Scandinavian recipes to try (think rich, warm food and drinks—and lots of cake). Learn how to enjoy the simple things in life!
The “Danish coziness” philosophy is fast becoming the new “French living” in terms of aspirational lifestyle books and blogs. There are countless viral articles comparing the happiness levels of Americans versus Danes. Their homes are more homey; their people are more cheerful. It’s an attitude that defies definition, but there is a name for this slow-moving, stress-free mindset: hygge (pronounced “hoo-ga”). Hygge values the idea of cherishing yourself: candlelight, bakeries, and dinner with friends; a celebration of experiences over possessions, as well as being kind to yourself and treasuring a sense of community.
How to Hygge by chef and author Signe Johansen is a fresh, informative, lighthearted, fully illustrated how-to guide to hygge. It’s a combination of recipes, helpful tips for cozy living at home, and cabin porn: essential elements of living the Danish way—which, incidentally, encourages a daily dose of “healthy hedonism.” Who can resist that?