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Marie Claire Comfort by Michele Cranston

Marie Claire Comfort

by Michele Cranston

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We are assured that this is “a book about simple-to cook, great-tasting food that will bring wholesome, real ingredients to life… “

But ‘Simple’ does not equal cheap, or quick, or easily available: these recipes feature rhubarb, crab meat, smoked river trout, blue-eyed cod, shittake mushrooms, oysters, pomegranates and Jerusalem artichokes – all fresh and, preferably, all organic.

So forget the simple comfort foods of the nursery: you won’t find Macaroni Cheese, Cottage Pie or Bread and Butter Pudding anywhere in this book: the closest you’ll come is an exotic alternative to sardines on toast.

As a starter, most of us could whip up a Bread Salad with Fried Sardines as a starter – it requires a bit of imagination and a willingness to substitute, but is certainly do-able.

Follow this with either a Poached Chicken or a Chicken and Vegetable Pot Roast – depending on the season – and finish off with Orange Soda Bread served with Citrus Curd and you have a first class three course meal.

Beautifully illustrated with poetically pretentious purple prose, Comfort contains some decent basic recipes and many good food ideas despite itself: the lyrical psychobabble and arty photographs of rural scenes, designer shack kitchens, chipped crockery and wormwood – together with artworks in the form of food – make this book every armchair cook’s dream. ( )
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