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Cosy: The British Art of Comfort

Laura Weir, illus. by Rose Electra Harris. HarperOne, $19.99 (176p) ISBN 978-0-06-294816-8

In this delightful celebration of British coziness, Weir, editor-in-chief of the London Evening Standard’s ES Magazine, provides readers soothing ways to escape everyday stresses by luxuriating in one’s home. She explains that this “paean to retreating” arose from her attempts to seek comfort from “politically dark winters and the relentlessly bleak news cycle.” Advising readers to give themselves “permission to seek solace and comfort in harsh times,” she recommends feasting (included are recipes for cottage pie and apple crumble, among other homy dishes), knitting, watching a cozy movie (such as Little Women or Dead Poets Society), and (of course) brewing a strong tea. Chapters on “Cosy Clothing” and “Home and Hearth” teach readers how to dress for the indoors (sweaters, socks, and a shawl are necessary) and to bring the proper lighting and temperature (if readers are lucky enough to have a fireplace) to a home. “Whether your home is humble or hefty, shabby chic, or flashy, or bleak; your home is your castle, your domain, your space.” Weir’s winsome, particularly British riff on the hygge craze will aid readers wishing to bring more comfort into their lives and homes. [em](Nov.) [/em]