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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (5 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849490120
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849490122
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pompom TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE 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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sue Vickers-Thompson on 5 Sep 2011
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This book comes from Quadrille's great series "New Voices in Food" and is by the equally great food blogger, Niamh Shields (Eat Like a girl - follow her on twitter). All four books are beautifully designed, with a useful wrapover cover and are intended to bring young cooks to the attention of a wider public.
Comfort and Spice has five main sections - Brunch, Speedy Suppers, Long Weekend and Sugar and Spice, plus a Drinks section. Most of these are subdivided again - Speedy Suppers, for example into Veg, Fish, Poultry and Meat. Long Weekend includes a useful section on what to do with leftovers - roast pumpkin and chilli soup for example. The recipes are clearly laid out, as is the index, on decorated pages, which enhances the appearance without becoming confusing, as can happen when less care and attention is paid to the details, as Quadrille's books always have. Lovely photographs too, showing off the food without glamorising it and some recipes labelled "Passion" which are clearly special to the author. Ones which jumped out were:
Lemon and ricotta pancakes with raspberries (Brunch)
Crab linguine with chilli
Chicken and chorizo pie
Lentil shepherd's pie
Orange and cardamom jelly
Simplish recipes but using good ingredients and with a twist very much of the author's own.
I loved this book - it will lead any cook to gentle experimentation and has lots of unexpected recipes - vinegar, bread, preserves - as bonuses. It's generous and warming - a brilliant debut and well done to Quadrille for supporting and encoraging these younger writers!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Constant Reader 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Soo Broo VINE VOICE on 6 Feb 2012
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I agree with a number of reviewers on here, in that this is a slightly disappointing cookery book. I too had never come across Niamh Shields, but the book is nicely presented and the recipes seemed interesting and different.

However, they are not as simple as suggested and I agree with a lot of others that the ingredients are unusual, sometimes difficult to source and relatively expensive and therefore not terribly frugal. I like to experiment with cookery and try something new, but I don't really have the time to travel to independent delis and the like to find some of these ingredients, which means I really actually couldn't be bothered to try very many of the recipes.

Not bad, but in an area positively groaning with other titles, authors need to come up with an original idea or concept and stick to it, otherwise readers will simply turn off.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mimi Moor VINE VOICE on 23 Dec 2011
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Food is wonderful, but it's all to easy to settle into a rut with your tastes. Comfort & Spice rattles the cage of the soporific foodie and tosses a simple palette of spices up into the air and lets them land in unexpected places. Niamh also reminds us that in these days of budgeting, that making your own condiments and cheeses can be straightforward. And self made food is much more satisfying than a pack from Sainsburys.

My favourites out of the book are the lamb and aubergine stew -- I love aubergines and always happy to try a new recipe with them.. Lamb and Aubergine is just such a perfect combination. Prawn curry is on the stove right now. Anyone know where I can buy sumac??
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