I picked up this little cookbook because it’s the time of year when I become obsessed with hygge. Hygge is a Danish word that basically means coziness, but seems to be describing a mindset or way of life that is enjoyed in Scandinavia. At this time of year, when it’s so cold and the weather is often terrible, all I want to do is stay wrapped in a blanket, drink some tea, and read a good book or watch some Netflix. But I still have to eat, and sometimes even see other people! So Tasting Hygge by Leela Cyd is full of recipes for that state of mind.
Here’s my verdict:
To Read: Yes. Just reading about these recipes made me feel cozy, even if I knew I wasn’t going to make most of them. The author describes the idea of hygge and has personal stories to go along with the recipes. She organizes the chapters into warm, spiced, smooth, calm, and bright. I don’t know if those categories make complete sense when describing recipes, but I think it gives you the sense that these are all important hygge concepts.
To Look At: Yes. It’s a very pretty book, lots of photos of cozy scenes, with a photo for every recipe.
To Cook From: I only marked a handful of recipes that I was super interested in trying. But the recipes I did try turned out well, and I think you can find some recipes, like Spiced Glogg that would be fun to try out.
Overall, this is a fun little book if you (like me) are fascinated by the Danish concept of hygge. But if you are truly interested in authentic Danish cooking, this is probably not the best starting place. If you just want to learn more about hygge, I recommend The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living.
See you later in the week with a couple of recipes!