Books: Cooking by Cuisine -> Cooking British
Delia Smith's Winter Collection : Comfort Food
Published: November 4, 1997
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From Library Journal
Smith has been called "England's Julia Child," and this lively, opinionated book introduces her to American readers (as will her first PBS series, of the same title, airing this fall). Her recipes are written in a conversational
style and her comments are indeed often reminiscent of Julia herself ("It will look rather stodgy and unpromising at this stage but not to worry"), though she certainly has her own charming, authoritative voice. Her comfort food includes both homey
dishes like A Bit of the Irish Stew and more rarefied ones like Poached Pheasant with Celery. The only caveat is that a number of British terms have been left in the text (perhaps to avoid tampering with Smith's tone?). That aside, this is recommended
for any library where there is an interest in food trends/personalities, as well as for other larger collections.
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Delia Smith is a British phenomenon--her books have sold
millions of copies, her BBC specials have endeared her to thousands of viewers, and her name is as recognizable as Julia Child's. She is the master of sophisticated home cooking, and, as her millions of fans have come to expect, Delia Smith's Winter
Collection is written to reassure the least experienced cooks while offering inspiration to the more adventurous. Her recipes are inventive and elegant yet utterly trustworthy and easy to follow. Once they are shared here in the United States, her name
will surely become synonymous with the pleasures of a warm house on a winter's night, comfortable rooms aglow with firelight, and the unmistakable smells of home.
This delectable Winter Collection is a joyful celebration of the season, rich with
autumn fruits and winter vegetables, fish and game, soups and roasts, casseroles and comfort food. With fragrances and flavors from all over the world, these recipes are guaranteed to bring a little sun into your kitchen and add an elegant flair to
winter's cozy foods: Bread and Butter Pudding with the tang of Seville oranges and Oven-Baked Wild Mushroom Risotto brimming with the rich tastes of Italy. As always, Smith shows us new and simple methods to release the fullest flavors, whether it's by
oven roasting to concentrate the essence of a dish, or by a unique blending of ingredients to transform even the simplest creations, such as Black Bean Chili with Avocado Salsa, Warm Lentil Salad with Walnuts and Goat Cheese, or Roasted Fish Topped with
Sun-Dried Tomato Tapanade. She shares such classic selections as Red Onion Tarte Tatin and Autumn Lamb Braised in Beaujolais. She shows her originality with Beef in Designer Beer, Libyan Soup with Couscous, and Grilled Autumn Fruits with Sabayon Cider
Sauce. And, finally, she enchants us with an array of truly indulgent desserts, such as Fallen Chocolate Soufflé with Armagnac Prunes and Crème Fraiche Sauce, and Apple Crèpes with Calvados. The recipes in Delia Smith's Winter Collection combine the most
flavorful ingredients with brilliant techniques for easy preparation and mouth-watering photographs to guide you. Delia Smith is a charming and experienced companion, and, with her at your side, winter in your kitchen will never be the same.
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