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The Consolation of Food

by Valentine Warner

Cookery, Food and Drink Gift Books

LoveReading View on The Consolation of Food

Is it a cookbook? Is it a memoir? No, it’s a super genre-defying anthology that eloquently exemplifies the notion of “comfort food” in its most elemental form. As the author sets out in his introduction, “this is a story book with food in it, and, of course, that other essential embroidery for life, music.”


What follows is a set of personal vignettes - stories about the author’s family, his food travel experiences, his professional insights - peppered with recipes that have accompanied pivotal life moments. One such recipe is “Pleasure and Pain Soup” that follows Warner’s recounting of a strange hangover experience that came in the gloomafter his father’s death.


Sizzling with self-deprecating wit (“I just hope you find at least one thing, maybe two, that make the purchase worth it”, he addresses the reader) and humour (“If God is a vegan, well that’s me screwed”), this is a book to relish in a single cover-to-cover sitting, and to return to when in need of food-based consolation.

Joanne Owen

The Consolation of Food Synopsis

In The Consolation of Food Valentine Warner presents a collection of stories with recipes to read and make in troubled times. A book of `comfort' food in the truest sense of the word, this book is unlike any other food memoir.

Following a personal tragedy, Val began to take note of his grief in culinary form, documenting meals that made him feel good. 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 recognises 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.

Organised chronologically and 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.

The Consolation of Food Press Reviews

`A great soother of a book, ideal for our troubled times.' -- Sue Baker - The Bookseller

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ISBN: 9781911624035
Publication date: 03/10/2019
Publisher: Pavilion Books
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781911624035
Publication date: 3rd October 2019
Author: Valentine Warner
Publisher: Pavilion Books
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 256 pages
Genres: Cookery, Food and Drink, Gift Books,
Categories: General cookery & recipes, Cooking for one, Main courses,

About Valentine Warner

Valentine Warner is a cook, food writer and broadcaster. He was a chef in London's kitchens for five years before running his own catering company. Valentine's deep love of cooking, nature and travel has seen him make eight series whilst contributing to others - his appearances have spanned BBC2, UKTV, Nat Geo and Fox International. His TV travels have seen him journey across Scandinavia, Canada and Europe. Valentine has written four cookery books, three of which he illustrated. He is also the co-founder of the Hepple distillery, the producers of Hepple Gin and Douglas fir Vodka.

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