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Comfort and Spice (New Voices in Food) Paperback – September 1, 2011
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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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When I look at cookbooks I want clearly laid out instructions, with ingredients I can easily find with relatively straightforward preparation and a tasty end result. This cookbook ticks all the boxes, clear instructions, no unobtainable ingredients and tasty food. The book is divided into five main sections - Brunch, Speedy Suppers, Long Weekend, Sugar and Spice, and finally a Drinks section. Whilst I have not read and prepared every dish in the book, everything I have tried has been wonderful.
The author, Niamh Shields, who I believe has been a blogger for many years on this subject, injects a passion into the book. Whilst I do not agree with everything she says, I do like her style and emphusiasm. Overall it is a book that contains unique and straightforward recipes which produce tasty food and drink. The book ticks all the right boxes, which is why I am happy to give it 5 stars.
Well worth buying.
There is much to commend this book. Niamh's approach to food is unfussy and uncomplicated, thus allowing the quality of ingredients and their flavours to shine through. I make all of her suggestions for brunch already (not via her blog recipes), so it was like greeting tried and trusted friends before exploring other parts of the book.
I particularly like the dinner party suggestions and the emphasis on more unusual and cheaper cuts of meat which require slow cooking to tenderise and draw out their flavour. Quick preparation followed by a slow cooking time is a welcome topic - what can be better than slaving away at work all day to come home and find your evening meal is ready? I also liked the leftover recipes suggestions in the dinner party chapter.
I'm also intrigued by the instructions for making your own butter and cheese, just two of Niamh's featured Passions and something I've not seen in any cookbook elsewhere. I'm looking forward to experimenting!
There's a hefty dose of Niamh's Irish roots in the shape of recipes like soda farls, but she's not afraid to mix in influences from all over the world into her recipes.
One thing I would have liiked to see more of is in the section where she extolls the virtues of making ham or rosemary salt. I would have liked a few more ideas on how these could be used. I felt abandoned rather than encouraged to explore these further.
Overall, a good book which just falls short of the five star treatment.
Originally reviewed on Amazon.co.uk under the Vine programme