“Of course, life has s***ty moments,” she continues. “My life absolutely has s***ty moments, too, but I try to deal with those s***ty moments in the kindest way that I possibly can, and in a way that actually has positive solution.”
Fleming is now bringing that positivity into homes with her first English-language cookbook, Cook Yourself Happy. It’s a celebration of her Danish heritage, filled with personal anecdotes and family memories -- from her mom and dad’s unique culinary skills (he was into making broth, she was into homemade vinegar) -- to traditions, including mushroom hunts and crab fishing.
“The Danes have been known to be the happiest country since 1973,” Fleming says. “I think a lot of that has to do with, in Denmark, people do stuff as a family. School finishes quite early, normal work finishes quite early. So, once you do your school, you do your sports, you come home, you're with your family.”
“A lot of that time is actually spent around preparing food,” she adds. “And then sitting down and enjoying meals, together as a family … I think that really has got a lot to do with your inner happiness at the end of the day.”