Cookbook Review: Comfort

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Comfort: Recipes to Warm the Heart and Feed the Soul by Carolyn Caldicott is a small book filled full of hearty, wholesome and warming quick and easy favourite meals.  Carolyn and her husband Chris (who is photographer for the bool) owned the World Food Cafe in Covent Garden in London for many years, where they cooked and served delicious vegetarian food from recipes that they collected on their travels. I have reviewed another of their cookbooks, the World Food Cafe Vegetarian Bible, in the past and you can read that review here.

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The book is divided into seven sections as follows;

  • Breakfasts worth getting up for
  • Hearty meals for friends and family
  • Simple suppers
  • Perfect puddings
  • Snack attack
  • Bake the blues away
  • Drinks to pick you up and put you to bed

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There are lots of things I would cook in this book. It’s completely full of hearty, wholesome traditional favourites like shepherds pie, fish pie and cauliflower cheese, bread and butter pudding – the title of the book doesn’t lie – this book is utter comfort food from start to finish.

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Everyone will be familiar with the recipes detailed in this book – for me that could go two ways. This would be a great book for someone who doesn’t own many cookbooks or who is just starting out as a home cook but for someone like myself (who has an excessive cookbook library) Comfort does’t really offer me anything new. When buying a new cookbook that is something I tend to look for – is it different enough from everything else on my shelves? What is it going to teach me? For me, it falls a little short in that area but as said, don’t get me wrong, if you’re not a cookbook hoarder this is a great little book offering quick and easy favourites with clear methods and little fuss!

Comfort by Carolyn Caldicott is available now with an RRP of £9.99 and is published by Frances Lincoln.

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