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Fine Cooking Comfort Food: 200 Delicious Recipes for Soul-Warming Meals Paperback – November 8, 2011
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Any day of the year can be the right time to make a favorite, warm-the-cockles-of-your-heart dish. But the winter season, inclement weather or not, is the time when our taste buds often crave the hearty and homey. A one-source compendium of such coziness is the softcover "Fine Cooking Comfort Food "(The Taunton Press, $19.95), from the editors of "Fine Cooking "magazine. Liberally scattered color photographs call attention to recipes from the Soups and Chowders section to Desserts. The book is geared for home cooks looking for flavor variations on old-fashioned favorites such as Rustic Bean and Farro Soup or something different, like Lamb Tagine With Honey, Prunes, Onions & Toasted Almonds, or Transylvanian Goulash. Although this isn't a "how-to-cook" book, there are the added "Fine Cooking "series' cooking tips (Making the Perfect Omelet) and interesting ingredient asides. --The Los Angeles Times
This is the kind of book you lazily skim through, pausing on things that make your mouth water like mashed sweet potatoes with mango chutney, or things you'd just like to try, like an Italian souffle called a cauliflower sformato. The book contains lots of comfort casseroles and one-pot meals, and selections run the gamut from classic chicken pot pie to slow cooker osso buco and Brazilian chicken and shrimp stew. With spring parsnips now available, the parsnip risotto with pancetta and sage would be a good choice. The breakfast and brunch items alone will make you want to run to the kitchen. Warm maple and cinnamon bread pudding? Baked cheddar grits with bacon? Remind me to pull this book out next winter, when frost is on the window pane and hibernation is the only plan for the day. -Meredith Goad, Portland Press Herald (ME)
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There are tips about freezing, preparation techniques and information about the ingredients interspersed with the recipes. There are pictures for most and each recipe has per serving calories, protein, carbs and other nutritional information. There is a chart for metric equivalents and an index.
Our family has enjoyed several of these dishes, especially the sides and desserts have been successful, such as the sour cream coffee cake with brown sugar streusel. None of the recipes seem that challenging and would be suitable for beginning cooks and even those more experienced who wish to have some good wholesome everyday recipes in their collection.
The book offers a wide selection of recipes which are colourful and tasty. I feel it would even be suitable for vegetarians as there are quite a number of meat-free dishes. I also love the hints and tips dotted throughout the book which are very useful. Thankfully for my husband, it is likely to turn me into a good cook.
This is quickly becoming my main cookbook. I have also recommended it to my friend who is an excellent cook to help extend her repertoire.
In any case here is an interesting book that promises a couple of hundred recipes that should help "prop up the spirits" and act as a comfort. Perhaps of particular use within the colder, more inclement times of the year but many of the recipes can also be of interest year-round.
Split into several sections - soups & chowders, stews & chills, pasta & grains, one-pot meals, casseroles & more, breakfasts & brunch, sandwiches, sides and deserts, the reader is able to flip through the book with ease and find something of inspiration. A sub-index may be found at the start of each section.
Each recipe is simply laid out and accompanied by a nice picture of the finished dish to help you get an idea of how it should look and, perhaps, provide an additional means of inspiration during times of indecision. The cooking instructions are factual and to the point and do not labour any point through flowery or overly-complex text. This is a good thing.
For those who care about this sort of thing, each recipe includes nutritional and calorific information for every serving.
It was pleasing to note that the book is full of additional tips, hints and guides that are not specific to the recipe to which they accompany. The reader who just picks this book up and skips through it might miss a lot of otherwise useful information. The selection of recipes seems to be quite broad so that one should not tire of a particular style of food easily. The quality of the recipes can be applauded as well.Read more ›
The illustrations within this work are clear and well-done photos, although some of the chosen illustrations could be a bit larger to aid the full affect each dish. There is no set format size of the photos at all. Where other cookbooks might choose one of two sizes for a collection's illustrations, such a rule is not followed within this text. The fact is, many of the internal photos would have been more appetizing looking than the one chosen for the cover of the collection.
The text itself is too small for either digital or print formats in many cases and fairly good in others. Some recipes maintain a devoted page, and others share with another recipe. However, parts of the collection cover half a page and are set alone. Again, such formatting issues show a lack of attention on the creators' part and just as little on the publishers' part for not catching such problems. Such a lack of attention to a work tells readers that the project was either a last-minute project or a try at an idea that was not felt to warrant much attention.
The sad fact is that with a name like "Fine Cooking Comfort Food," and brag of "200 delicious recipes" the book fails to produce the welcoming presentation, which every cook knows is of high importance. Frankly, it looks as if it is a conglomeration of recipes pulled from the magazine and not even reformatted to fit the larger publication needs. The other problem is the "200 delicious recipes".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book made me hungry. The pictures made the book lose 1 star because they didn't do justice to the recipes. I now have a few recipes to try and some that I've made. Read morePublished on July 22, 2013 by Rosanita
This is a mouthwatering cookbook....sooo many good recipes with a lot of variations and plenty of "tips and tricks" to help along the way. Read morePublished on June 23, 2013 by Bookaholic
Into one cookbook are gathered some two hundred recipes (although some are merely variations on a theme), that should appeal to every taste. Read morePublished on March 19, 2013 by david l. poremba
"Fine Cooking Comfort Food" is a wonderful "everyday" cookbook that contains an impressive collection of recipes for just about every taste. Read morePublished on June 11, 2012 by C. Hill