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The Consolation of Food

Stories about life and death, seasoned with recipes

Valentine Warner



ISBN: 9781911624035

Price: £20.00

Publication date: 3 October 2019

Category: Cookery

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. 


Valentine Warner is a food writer and cook with a passion for nature, the seasons and being outdoors. His first hit series ‘What to Eat Now’ in 2008 saw him seeking out the best food and dishes that the four seasons have to offer was quickly followed up by a second series in 2009. Valentine appears regularly on Countryfile and has written for The Times, the Mail on Sunday, the Guardian, the Independent, Olive, Waitrose Kitchen, Delicious and many more. His books What to Eat NowWhat to Eat Now – More Please and The Good Table were published by Mitchell Beazley. In 2013 he co-founded the Moorland Spirit Company, whose Hepple Gin won double gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.



‘A great soother of a book, ideal for our troubled times.’