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Comfort and Spice does just what it says!,
This review is from: Comfort & Spice (New Voices in Food) (Paperback)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!