Have you been following along with Jamie Oliver’s new Comfort Food series over the past couple of weeks? Both Jason and I have loved it so far- it’s easily my favourite series of Jamie’s for a very long time, perhaps since all those beautiful Christmas specials he did a few years ago!
Earlier this week I caved and treated myself to the recipe book that goes along with the series, and have been so impressed by it that I thought I’d share a snippet or two of the book here. In the introduction, Jamie describes the book as being the antithesis of his 15 and 30 minute meals. It’s designed to encourage slow, indulgent cooking; cooking for the love of cooking, not just eating. Though the eating to be had from Comfort Food looks pretty great too! The recipes are more involved than in many of his other books, and it’s kind of refreshing to go through a recipe book that isn’t full of shortcuts and time-saving tips.
Both the artworking and photography in the book are divine- David Loftus is one of my favourite food photographers, and his work in Comfort Food is incredible. Jamie’s recipes look pretty amazing too! Jason and I made the Insanity Burgers a couple of weeks ago (right after seeing the recipe on the show!) and it didn’t disappoint. Next on my ‘to make’ list are ricotta ‘gnudi’ with sage butter sauce, gyoza with crispy wings, the hot smoked salmon club sandwich, and the cheddar-filled baked meatballs with onion and ale gravy.
When a recipe book really captures me, I’ll sit down and read it like a novel instead of just dipping into it now and now and again when searching for culinary inspiration, and Comfort Food looks set to be one of those special sorts of cookbooks.
Serve alongside your favourite comfort food, and devour cover to cover…