Author(s): Valentine Warner
A collection of stories with recipes to read and make in troubled times--"comfort" food in the truest sense of the word--this book is unlike any other food memoir.
This is a memoir grounded in the solace of food and drink. Following personal tragedy--the death of his father and uncle, his divorce and separation from his children, and serious substance abuse--Valentine Warner began to take note of his grief in culinary form, documenting meals that made him feel good, bad, and indifferent. In this book, he takes us on a journey, from the aching simplicity of toast with butter to the isolation of cooking for one, and the pleasure of returning to heart-warming, wholesome slow-roasts, one-pot suppers, and more.
This is a cookbook for the modern world that recognizes the affirmative powers of cooking; to hearten us in times of need, and to cheer us in days of uncertainty or sadness, to soothe the soul, to lift our spirits, and to celebrate the pure life-changing, and life-affirming joy of good food. Featuring 75 recipes, including illustrations and photography alongside personal stories, this is an incredibly insightful book, wonderfully idiosyncratic, and beautifully written. It is a uniquely modern classic.