The Danish concept of hygge is SO much more than just woolen socks and mugs of steamy cocoa (though those are definitely hygge-inspiring). Coziness, the closest English translation of the word hygge, is only the beginning. Take a deep dive into the world of hygge by reading The Hygge Life: Embracing the Nordic Art of Coziness Through Recipes, Entertaining, Decorating, Simple Rituals, and Family Traditions by Gunnar Karl Gíslasen and Jody Eddy. By the end of their Introduction, if you’re anything like us, you’ll want to embrace the practice immediately. It’s life-affirming and good for the soul. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself wanting to invite friends to gather at your place for an impromptu grilled cheese party. Build a fire. Watch the sunset. Sip a glass of wine. It’s all hygge.
Gunnar and Jody were kind enough to share a few recipes from the book. Cook them for friends or family and bring a sense of hygge to your own kitchen:
Bratwurst with Sauerkraut and Smashed Potatoes (Chris Prosperi made this for our pre-show meal. A knock-out!)
Fennel Salad with Blue Cheese and Walnuts (made us want to invite people over)
Bonus recipe: Braised Lamb Shanks with Bok Choy