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Practical and appealing,
This review is from: Comfort & Spice (New Voices in Food) (Paperback)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)With recipes from her native Ireland, but often with other influences and presented in her own way, this unassuming little cookbook offers some real gems. A self-taught and obviously passionate cook Niamh Shields aims to provide delicious tasting food that does not require deep pockets or an extensive larder of spices. The result is a collection of solid hearty dishes that will warm the coldest of winter nights along with some lighter dishes suitable for any time.
Among the most appealing of the recipes are the overnight or twelve hour cook dishes, such as overnight shoulder of pork with spiced apple relish and which includes good crackling, there is also a recipe for an overnight shoulder of lamb, and a six hour pork belly, and spiced slow roast beef ribs. But these are just a few of the wide range of recipes included here, which include the likes of aubergine crumbled fritters with pomegranate and tahini, lentil shepherds pie, haricot bean and sausage casserole, beetroot latkes, Beijing dumplings with chilli and soy dipping sauce, several cheese based dishes, a number of potato dishes, salads, and a few desserts and much, much more.
The recipes are well laid out and include introductory comments, sometimes quite extensive - an appealing feature. A few of the recipes are accompanied by full colour illustrations, but while thoughtfully and well produced this is not a fancy cookbook, but certainly a very attractive and practical one.