Synopses & Reviews
"We want to go back to a time when life was not so complicated -- or, at least, when we look at it from a distance, it was one that seemed much simpler. One ofthe few ways most of us can get there together is through our food."
-- from the Introduction
In these turbulent times, bestselling author and acclaimed New York Times columnist Marian Burros felt the change in America's eating habits. More and more, Burros noticed that people were setting aside their salads and instead reaching for foods like meat loaf and mashed potatoes, while others longed for the cookies, cakes, and pies their moms used to bake. In Cooking for Comfort, Burros shares more than 100 recipes for comfort food. Some are classics, some are streamlined for modern tastes, some have a contemporary twist, and some are unabashedly indulgent. But all are stuff from which taste memories are made.
Known for her ability to create deeply flavorful food and foolproof recipes, Burros shares mouthwatering recipes for dishes like classic Maryland Crab Cakes, Cream of Tomato Soup, the ultimate Toasted Cheese Sandwich, the Perfect BLT, Picnic Fried Chicken, Meat Loaf and Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes, and Great Roast Chicken. They will soothe your mood and satisfy any craving. To calm that sweet tooth, Burros has included more than forty recipes for delectable sweets. Among them are rich and creamy Michael's Chocolate Pudding; no-fail Lemon Meringue Pie; luscious Coconut Cake; and Giant Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Ganache, all of which will feed your soul as well as your stomach.
The recipes are as stress-free and enjoyable to prepare as they are to eat, and they will appeal to any level of home cook. Burros has also provided wine suggestions and special notes on ordering specific ingredients, as well as extensive cook's notes that offer helpful hints and variations on recipes. With Cooking for Comfort, Marian Burros has turned out yet another cookbook that is destined to become a classic.
"Even finicky cooks will delight in dishes long on the Grandma-factor with a dash of nouvelle cuisine....It's too bad the book has no pictures, but blithe prose detailing each recipe largely makes up for the lack." Publishers Weekly
"Just paging through this book already brings a level of comfort....Burros' precision and good humor make the book enjoyable and practical." Mark Knoblauch, Booklist
"[A]n appealing collection of recipes....Most of the dishes are simple, but preparation has been streamlined where appropriate, and thoughtful 'Help Notes' are included throughout." Library Journal
"Who wouldn't enjoy eating a great home-cooked macaroni-and-cheese gratin, a simple but delicious quesadilla, or biting into juicy barbecued spareribs? Cooking for Comfort is full of simple, unpretentious, yet super-tasty recipes. Finally, the perfect gift for my wife!" Eric Ripert, chef-owner, Le Bernardin; coauthor of A Return to Cooking
"Cooking for Comfort not only has great, simple-to-make recipes, but wonderful stories, too. Don't pass up this book, even if you don't go into the kitchen!" Marion Cunningham, author of The Supper Book
"In this beautiful collection of all-American dishes, Marian Burros again proves what a brilliant cook she is. Her winning way of combining America's favorite ingredients and tastes into thoroughly modern, easy-to-execute dishes will fill older cooks with nostalgia and instill in younger ones the impetus we need to demand and use natural farm foods. For Marian's message is clear; what she wants for all Americans is fresh attractive food, prepared with ingredients that have been grown under the light of the sun, in naturally cared-for soil, so that our peaceful kitchens will continue to resound with the laughter of healthy children." Madeleine Kamman, author of The New Making of a Cook: The Art, Techniques, and Science of Good Cooking
Marian Burros's column "Having Your Gravy and Eating it, Too," which appeared in the fall of 2001, struck a chord with readers everywhere. It reminded us why we often turn to familiar foods for comfort, and featured recipes with a contemporary twist on American classics. Cooking for Comfort was inspired by the overwhelming response to that column. In this collection, Burros, who is known for her deeply flavorful food, shares savory variations for perennial favorites like Arkansas fried chicken, luscious buttermilk mashed potatoes, a fool-proof lemon meringue pie, and the ultimate toasted cheese sandwich with cream of tomato soup. All the dishes have been tested and retested to ensure that they are simple and stress-free to make. Whether cooking for family or cooking for friends, these recipes make the process as satisfying as the end result. Cooking for Comfort is the book you'll reach for again and again.
About the Author
is the bestselling author of twelve previous books, including The New Elegant but Easy Cookbook
(with Lois Levine), 20-Minute Menus,
and Eating Well Is the Best Revenge.
A columnist and writer for The New York Times
since 1981, she lives in New York City and outside Washington, D.C. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org