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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice recipes, not enough of the lovely pictures., 4 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Comfort & Spice (New Voices in Food) (Paperback)
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'Comfort and Spice' is from the 'New Voices in Food' series of books which feature mainly lesser-known, but up-and-coming chefs or food-bloggers. Niamh Shield's book from this series seems to feature the fairly random themes of warming comfort food (slow-roast short ribs, pork belly dumplings in broth, home cooked beans, and baked apples) vs dishes with a bit of a kick (piri piri chicken, chilli crab cakes and chilli chocolate truffles). There are also lots of delicious-sounding puddings that don't quite seem to fit either genre (chocolate mousse with honeycomb, rhubarb and blood-orange meringue pie, raspberry and rose ripple ice-cream, and pistachio creme brulee). Plus a couple of pages of drinks and cocktails, such as the elderflower bellini.

The styling is in keeping with the rest of the series, with a matt brownish paper cover with a sort of 'recycled' feel, handprinted effect borders to many of the pages, plus gorgeous photographs of the food. But mouthwatering as they are, there aren't nearly enough pictures of the dishes themselves.

Overall, I think I just preferred 'Small Adventures in Cooking' by James Ramsden from the same publisher, but that's not to take away from the fact that 'Comfort and Spice' is a perfectly decent cookery book. I was originally going to give this 3 stars (against James Ramsden's 4), but it's nearly Christmas, I've just put up the tree and I'm feeling charitable!
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