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American Cozy: Hygge-Inspired Ways to Create Comfort Happiness

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  685 ratings  ·  97 reviews
The wildly popular phenomenon of hygge gets a warm American twist with this gifty, illustrated guide from bestselling Danish-American author Stephanie Pedersen.  
With their overscheduled lifestyles, Americans can’t always find time for the people and things they love. Enter American Cozy, which uses the Danish phenomenon of hygge—comfort, togetherness, and well-being—to
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Sterling
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Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it
It was good, but I didn’t love-love it. I have been exploring Hygge for a couple of years and was excited to find “an American version”, but her concepts didn’t seem all that new, and with a lot of focus on minimalism. I did rather enjoy her chapter on Cozy Entertaining: Tapping Into Togetherness.
Hygge has taken the world by storm, and I love it. I'm third generation Swedish, and fika was a big thing for my grandparents (a concept closely married to hygge).

While this book had some helpful tips, some of it was impractical. Candles, blankets, mindfulness... this book has that, but also recommendations like raising ceilings so rooms are less oppressive and mounting all your lamps on walls so the room is less cluttered. Which just made me feel stressed about the money I don't have to correc
Juli Anna
Apr 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: yule-imbolc
I found this book to be unfocused and lacking in depth. It neither fully embraced the Danish concept of hygge nor truly defined an American alternative. Much of the information was annoyingly self-help-ish. The practical, lifestyle advice offered was sparse, undeveloped, and dogmatic. And the conclusions drawn from "research" were reaching at best. Not worth spending time with. ...more
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Quick read about how the Danes are happy and how we could be happier too if we cleaned the house more (a little everyday) and stopped worrying about how to buy everything on the face of the earth. Really bummed that I have to clean my house more to be happy.
Amanda Knox
Feb 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: home
Fair warning, I did not read "The Little Book of Hygge" so I can't make a fair comparison (though I'm picking it up next as a direct result of reading this American version). That said, this book seems to highlight worst case scenarios of particular organizational (or not) schemes and habits and then suggests we do the exact opposite. I am a well organized and clean person so I did not find much new or surprising information in here and I think for people who struggle in those areas this title c ...more
Elizabeth Lucas
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
About once a year I read a self help, hygge, improve your life and happiness sort of book it helps me focus on what’s important to me and inspires me to look around my home for what I can improve. My husband and kids probably get a little irritated because it usually means purge things I find unnecessary. It is generally for all of our sake but it in honesty it makes me feel lighter, relieved and calm so that’s what really matters. This book was one that made me look around and say “how can I ma ...more
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found this gem while browsing through the world’s biggest bookstore - Powell’s last weekend. They had a section dedicated to minimalism and I found this book there. The title intrigued me and it was worth reading. The author tries to combine Hygge with minimalism while also describing how one can apply hygge while leading an American lifestyle. There were lot of interesting tips which I plan to make use of. Good book to read if you are interested in adopting a minimalistic lifestyle.
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very fitting for a North American lifestyle. It provided the reinforcements and validation I needed in initializing new positive habits.
Amanda Kendall
Jan 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nonfiction
I feel like either the author doesn’t understand hygge or an attempt at Americanizing it ruins the concept, because this was not hyggelig.

Some of the science just presented as fact is shaky at best, there’s an odd personal vendetta against the color gray, and most of the book was aimed at the upper middle class (hire help. Use a clothes rental service. Choose specific types of dinnerware, because for some reason, your forks must be this way to have a hygge kitchen.”

I’m going to stick with the D
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I have now read several books on the Danish concept of hygge and picked this one up since it seemed to have an American twist. As with the others I’ve read, I came away with the idea of “conscious coziness.” As I was reading, I was under a cozy blanket with a fire going and a dog curled up next to me. My house was picked up due to an earlier chapter on getting rid of clutter, and I was reminded to just pause and be conscious of the hygge-feel I had going on right at that mom ...more
Ana-shea Fann
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is very well written; the language is concise and warm, which I appreciated very much considering the subject matter. It is something of a primer. I would recommend this book to someone who is at the very beginning of a complete life overhaul. Her statistics and stories are compelling as well as transparent- there isn’t any skewing to be found, which is something I appreciate deeply.
Do the things she recommends; your life will be dramatically changed for the better. You may end up needing
Kelly Darnell
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an incredibly aesthetically pleasing book with lots of great ideas for implementing the Danish Hygge lifestyle. Pairs well with a hot cup of tea and a simple, organized home.

However I do feel the need to tell the author that if she really needs to have throw pillows on hand to cover up stains on her couch when company is over, she needs to get rid of her high-maintenance friends. I don’t think my friends even notice the stains on my couch, let alone care that they’re there...
Jun 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
I've read several other 'hygge' books, and this one just didn't measure up. I disagreed with a lot of her ideas. They didn't translate well to American culture the way she presented it. I was left disappointed. ...more
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good follow-up to The Little Book of Hygge, with good comparisons between American and Danish norms . Lots of good ideas (and recipes) I can't wait to try out. ...more
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it
This was fine but nothing revolutionary. It felt like a repeat of a lot of the other Hygge books I’ve read. It was well written and I enjoyed the cozy vibe it generated.
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfic, ebook
An enlightening guide for incorporating Danish hygge vibes to an overstimulated American lifestyle.
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A fun read! Love hygge. Will definitely return to this book whenever I am in a rut.
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Some good practical ideas for living a simpler/better life. Nothing ground breaking, but a good easy read with some good ideas.
Natalie Carbery
I've been interested in hygge for a while now and have read a few books on the subject. While The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well remains the best resource on the subject, Stephanie Pedersen makes a contribution to the trend greatly with American Cozy.

I'd also like to make something explicitly clear upfront. Unlike most books of this sort, Pedersen actually advocates for people feeling constant and sustained unhappiness to seek professional treatment. Therapy is nothing to b
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I picked it up because of the topic and the cute cover that is puffy like a quilt, to treat myself to some cozy reading. ^_^

There was pretty much nothing I didn't already know, but I love the simple recipes for easy homemade cleaning formulas and beauty products--will try soon! There's also a simple list for a curated wardrobe, and some recipes for basic meals. This would be a good introduction for people just encountering hygge, with sections on cozy homes, cozy social life, cozy schedules, coz
Leah Belicio
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Good tips and information, however I feel that most of it is common knowledge and repeated several times in the book. For example the author mentions gray is a bad color in every chapter.
Apr 23, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: homemaking
I have to admit immediately that the bibliography of other works by the author at the front of the book gave me zero confidence starting out; anyone who uses "superfood" unironically post 2010 instantly can't be trusted in my eyes and should be socially ostracized as both a shill and a snake; self professed "superfood author and food educator" my arse, honestly.

The book starts out ok enough, though, despite all of this nonsense. It almost gives me a little bit of hope... Of course, the author is
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
I adore the danish concept of hygge, so I was intrigued to see how this book would incorporate elements of hygge through American culture. I had envisioned the author pulling from our own American ways of togetherness and comfort, from summer barbecues to cozy family traditions during the holidays. There was so much potential to expand the idea of hygge into our own American traditions and adding our own take on it, but this read more as... just copying from hygge altogether and slapping "Americ ...more
Marlana Williams
First of all, I enjoyed this book. I enjoy anything that talks about hygge and the pleasures of being comfortable and cozy.

Secondly, I wish I was this author's friend in real life. She does not mince her words when it comes to her thoughts on social media and how much of a hygge-killer it is. She also is saying what I've been saying for years. You're not so busy. You're just on Facebook. People who are toting the excuse that they are so busy these days are the worst at scheduling a coffee with b
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I've read "The Little Book of Hygge" and loved it so much I bought it, so when I discovered this near-companion book, I had to check it out.

Pedersen takes the concept of Hygge and Americanizes it, which could be offensive and irritating to Danes, or flattering and entertaining. In a way it was a bit embarrassing and awkward that we Americans are so desperate to pretend we're Scandinavian, especially since it feels like a trend now. I feel like Hygge is nearly the new St. Patrick's Day, appropri
Lindsay G.
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
[[[ AMERICAN COZY by Stephanie Pedersen • 4 stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️]]]

While we are all in the habit of staying home right now, it seemed fitting to read about keeping your home cozy. I think hygge living was more of a fad in years past, but I thought I’d give this one a go when I was perusing my local library options. In the same vein as “koselig” (Norway) or “lagom” (Swedish), “hygge” (Denmark) has been a buzz word in American society for several years. As the over-stressed workaholics we tend to be, a
May 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I have mixed feelings about this.

I think everyone who reads this can take something from it. But I think this book was geared toward people who have money and peopke who have jobs where they are allowed to take a walk around the block if they want. How about hygge for fast food workers?

One of here tios was if you don't want to cook a Thanksgiving dinner, have it catered. Yeah because EVERYONE has the money for that. She also suggested hiring cleaners to help you clean. Again....MONEY!

I don't wa
Lexee Klamer
Jun 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
Im not even half way through and I hate it. It's not any more informative than a magazine honestly. I don't like the way it's written either. It's like the author thinks she's better than other people.

She has no idea what Hygge really is. She's a minimalist boomer.

"Now that I am an adult, I am surprised at how many dirtied bowls and plates I see on people's bedside tables--or worse--the floor around their beds." Like okay???? That's just rude. I would hate to have this lady come to my house be
Cora Piper
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
With being stuck at home as a student during COVID-19 this was a book that I needed in my life to put my daily habits into a different perspective. Although this book pointed out things most of us know that we should do, it was a cozy read. The illustrations in the book are adorable and the aesthetic of the book screams cuddle up next to a fire with a blanket and some tea. The positive of the book is that it has given me the motivation to make my home and life more cozy and calm. The book is als ...more
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