Hygge. It’s a Danish thing.

Hygge. It’s one of those words that seems completely made-up—or at least radically misspelt, however you will soon discover, most likely on one of those lists of ‘untranslatable foreign words we should all know’, that it is in fact real.

The Danish practise of hygge finds its closest English equivalent in the concept of cosiness. Pronounced ‘Hue-gah’, a small clue serendipitously resides in its phonetic similarity to the word ‘hug’. While our idea of cosiness often conjures up images of the warm yellow glow of candles and an abundance of woollen blankets and socks, the traditional idea of hygge is more expansive.

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You can make friends with salad.

BBQ’s are a staple in the scorching Australian summer however there is nothing quite like a fresh and filling salad on a sweltering day. We are lucky here at Paperchain where there is no shortage of inspiration in our cooking section, and we get to peek at the most delicious recipes before we head off to our next potluck. Here are a few titles that we think you should look out for next time you are visiting us.

  1. For a series of hilarious expletive-ridden recipes check out Thug Kitchen: The official cookbook. They deride you for giving up on good food and are here to implore you to step up your ‘veggie game’.
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Little Brown Books, Hachette Book Group, 2014

2. According to our staff the food in Community and Neighborhood by Hetty MacKinnon is “tasty AF!” The dishes keep really well over time and they are excellent for batch cooking and unsurprisingly there is a staff cult forming around these titles.

3. The Forest Feast For Kids by Erin Gleeson is an eye-catching vegetarian cookbook adorned with bright watercolour illustrations and equally vibrant photographs which are just perfect for attracting children’s attention. Simple recipes with only a few steps means there is only a small amount of attention needed for making each of these delicious meals.

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Abrams books for Young Readers, New York, 2016

Savour the delightful and varied flavours of each recipe and remember that they are best served with company.

 

Curiosity House and other stories

It is a beautiful moment indeed when, browsing along the bookshelves, I come across an unfamiliar novel, when an intriguing cover draws me in and I find within a story that matches it perfectly. Though we are all aware of the proverb ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’, it is an inevitably unconscious act for many people and often as good a basis as any for selecting which book, out of millions, is going to be the next world that we enter.

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