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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (5 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849490120
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849490122
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 314,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With thousands of followers every day for her blog, Eat Like A Girl, Irish ex-pat Niamh is already a powerful voice among those who have a passion for eating well.

She loves to travel, eat and cook, and is a role model for her generation of young adults whose mothers did not cook. (Her mother still doesn't, but she loves to eat!)

Self-taught, apart from the help of school home economics, Niamh is on a mission to bring her gastronomic passions from near and far, canny kitchen tricks and sparkling food to all those who love to eat.

Niamh won the Best Food blog award at the Observer Food Monthly Awards in October 2011.

http://www.eatlikeagirl.com

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'There is something jaunty, fresh and homely about the first cookbook by Niamh Sheilds.' --Imagine, Interiors and Living Magazine

'Lively writing and delicious, doable recipes'
--Mail on Sunday (YOU), September 24, 2011

'Packed full of recipes which are easy to make, taste delicious and always turn out right' --Irish Tatler, June

'She cleverly blends and matches ingredients to produce a wealth of flavours' --BBC Good Food, December 20122

'This collection of recipes for brunch, speedy suppers, slow-cooked dinners for long-weekends and sweet things will have you heading straight for the kitchen' for Comfort and Spice --Delicious magazine, Dec 2011

'This is an appetising book, with pretty photography and bags of youthful appeal' for Comfort and Spice --The Daily Telegraph, Dec 2011

About the Author

With thousands of followers every day for her blog, Eat Like A Girl, London-based Irish ex-pat Niamh is already a powerful voice among those who have a passion for eating well. She loves to travel, eat and cook, and is a role model for her generation of young adults whose mothers did not cook. (Her mother still doesn't, but she loves to eat!) Self-taught, apart from the help of school home economics lessons, Niamh is on a mission to bring her gastronomic passions from near and far, canny kitchen tricks and sparkling recipes to all those who love food.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J.R.Hartley VINE VOICE on 18 Jun. 2012
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I enjoyed a lot of the recipes in this book that I've tried and generally found the directions easy to follow, although a little more blunt clarity for a duffer like me might help, but I have to say that a lot of these recipes seem somewhat familiar and I have seen probably at least half in other books. Now there's nothing wrong with that as we all like our old favourites but nothing really struck me as being a brilliant new take on an old favourite. I also often find that in that quest to be original some cooks will put things together that simply don't belong together. Nothing I have tried from this book has been like that but a few have left me thinking that it was okay at best. It's a nice book to have and maybe provide inspiration to lift you out of a moribund diet, or to give as a gift, but I'd say there are better books out there if you want to look.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marand TOP 100 REVIEWER on 13 Nov. 2011
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This is the third of these 'New Voices in Food' books that I have tried, and this is by far the best, being neither pretentious like one was nor designed for those who don't really cook like the other (I am still recovering from the idea of using tinned fried onions and tinned aubergines!). To a degree this book is also aimed at the novice or inexperienced cook, with the aim of dispelling the notion that cooking has to be complicated.

The book is divided into four chapters (Brunch; Speedy Suppers; Long Weekends; Sugar & Spice) plus a final one for drinks. There are some recipes for which an experienced cook would have no need of a recipe, but there is still plenty to enjoy. For brunch, by way of example, there are lemon & ricotta pancakes with raspberries; chorizo, potato & egg hash; home-baked beans. Speedy suppers include halloumi & pomegranate salad; a really lovely lentil soup with harissa croutons; sesame-crusted salmon with tomato & almond salad; crab linguine with chilli, parsley & lemon; gremolata spatch-cocked chicken; breaded lemon & sage chicken; chicken & chorizo pies; spiced roasted duck legs with potatoes and pancetta; sumac lamb meatballs with couscous. All these speedy suppers are just that.

For the weekend the recipes aren't any more complicated and are well-suited to preparing a spread for informal entertaining. There is grazing food, and lunch and dinner suggestions. I particularly liked the celeriac croquettes and cannellini bean dip. You'll also find a range of nice soups - wild garlic & potato; potato with chive flowers; a truly lovely cauliflower soup with (home-made) spiced butter tortelloni.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Oct. 2011
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This is a consolidation of tasty and innovative recipes from the blog of Niamh Shields (eatlikeagirl.com). There is a strong Mediterranean bias, and chorizo features in a reasonable percentage of the recipes (perhaps as many as 5%). There are some pleasant twists to recipes that I thought I knew (eg addition of pomegranate to moutabal, green tea to tofu and egg noodles, etc) as well as some old favourites (well, assuming you like Mediterranean, middle eastern and Asian food!).

Most of the recipes are pretty straightforward for a reasonably confident cook (ie, none where a split-second timing error will be your undoing or similar). My only criticism would be that there aren't enough "simple but surprising" recipes - by this I mean flavour combinations of say no more than four ingredients. The closest she comes is with the beetroot and horseradish burgers - most of the other recipes have about ten ingredients, and some as many as twenty or more.

Another small caveat is that this may not be the best choice for a gift, as only about 25% of the recipes are accompanied by photos. As a plus (well, in my opinion anyway), there are a reasonable number of vegetarian recipes - and these have the advantage of focussing on the merits of the vegetables, rather than featuring meat-substitutes (as is sometimes the case in intentionally-vegetarian recipes)

Overall, a very nice collection of interesting and tasty recipes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pompom VINE VOICE on 15 Feb. 2012
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I accept that Comfort & Spice is a lovely cookbook - I won't quibble on that. The title is a good description of the contents - pretty simple comforting food with a touch of spice. Other reviewers have provided a number of recipe examples, so I won't expand there further. My major quibble is the lack of photos - I wish they were there. I would feel so much more inspired. That is where Niamh's book falls down for me - I love cookbooks, but this one just does not do it for me, and I can't quite say why. Photos would help - but I suspect it's more than that. I will re-visit in a few months and hope that the inspiration arrow hits.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Skeadugenga TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Feb. 2012
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This is the first of the "New Voices in Food" series that I've reviewed and I agree with a lot of the comments on here that its a bit disappointing. I understand that its based on a food blog by Niamh Shields and the tone of the book is warm and individual, but a cookery book stands or falls on its recipes - however beautifully presented they may be.

The intention of the author is to show us how to cook comfort food. I don't know about other readers, but for me one of the requirements of comfort food is that it isn't fiddly and doesn't take ages to prepare. A lot of these recipes are not simple and some of the ingredients are unfamiliar so that while I've read the book and enjoyed the pictures, I've not been inspired to cook anything yet. And while spices are used in the book, I expected them to feature more prominently.

There is a lot of competition in the cookery writing world and I didn't find this book sufficiently different or inspiring enough to stand out from the crowd.
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