How to Hygge
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?
A fully illustrated lifestyle book that shares the secrets of Scandinavian living and explores the concept of hygge.
Uplifting, heart-warming, life-enriching. I wish I could have read this book years ago Nigel Slater
Signe Johansen is a Norwegian cook and author of Scandilicious and Scandilicious Baking. A longtime whisky enthusiast, she is the co-founder of 'Spirited Women', a project to get more women into whisky and other spirits. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in archaeology and anthropology from the University of Cambridge, she trained at Leiths School of Food and Wine in London, worked in several of the UK's top restaurants and went on to do her masters in the anthropology of food at SOAS Food Studies Centre at the University of London. She has appeared on Kirstie's Handmade Christmas, What's Cooking and Sunday Brunch. She lives in Bloomsbury, London.
* Introduction - 1: Introduction* Chapter - 2: Nature & the Seasons* Chapter - 3: Outdoor Pursuits* Chapter - 4: The Spirit of Self-Suficiency* Chapter - 5: The Joy of Fika* Chapter - 6: The Nordic Kitchen* Chapter - 7: Healthy Hedonism* Chapter - 8: Design & Home* Chapter - 9: kinship, Conviviality & Openness* Chapter - 10: How to Hygge - At a Glance* Index - 11: Index* Section - 12: Further Reading & Nordic Resources* Section - 13: About the Author