Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Adventures in Comfort Food

Friday, October 3, 2014

Book Review - Adventures in Comfort Food

Adventures in Comfort Food

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About the Book
While everyone loves classic family dishes like macaroni and cheese, spaghetti and meatballs, and pizza, there's no reason not to push the boundaries of even the most traditionalcomfort meals. What's old can become new and fun again with fresh ingredients, and unique twists- like salads dressed with spicy sauce and tossed French fries, pizza topped with chicken, Thai chili sauce, and crispy lime Asian coleslaw, and a cool pasta Bolognese perfect for a hot day in August.

These are just some of the crazy delicious comfort food recipes Chef Kerry Altiero serves up in his new cookbook, Adventures in Comfort Food . As the chef/owner of Cafe Miranda in Rockland, Maine, Kerry is known for wildly satisfying dishes. With beautiful, color photographs and easy to follow recipes, ADVENTURES IN COMFORT FOOD takes ordinary dishes like burgers, salad and lasagna and turns them into adventurous comfort food recipes.

Chapters in the book cover every part of a meal including breakfast, lunch, and dinner and side. Each recipe has a unique spin that takes flavors to new levels of greatness that everyone will enjoy. Recipes include:

  • 50 MPH Tomatoes
  • Wontons from Spaaaace
  • New Age Chowder
  • Hot. Dressed. Salad.
  • Lobster Mac ‘N Cheese
  • Fiddlehead Pasta
  • Pot Roast Bleu
  • Intergalactic Pork
  • Polenta Pizza Casserole
  • Pierogies à la Pink Plate
  • Lamb Burger
  • Surf and Turf Tube Steaks

At Cafe Miranda, Chef Kerry says, “Our motto is 'Because We Can.' We can serve wonderful, surprising, innovative food that defies expectations and wins over all kinds of eaters. This cookbook will help you do the same at home, whether you are cooking for world-weary sophisticates or picky toddlers. Your kitchen may never be the same.”

For home cooks looking to turn their comfort food dishes into culinary, Adventures in Comfort Food is the book that’s guaranteed to deliver, Crack these covers and be adventurous this holiday season!

About the Author
Kerry Altiero is the chef/owner of Cafe Miranda, a popular and multi-cuisine restaurant in Rockland, Maine. Kerry won Maine's Lobster Chef of the Year in 2012 and Cafe Miranda was named Best Farm to Table Restaurant in 2013. Kerry lives in Owl’s Head, Maine.

Katherine Gaudet works at the University of New Hampshire and is a freelance writer and editor. She lives in Saco, Maine.

My Take on the Book
All of us have memories of comfort food, and when you read the name, these foods come rushing into your mind, or at least they do for me. This book has a little bit of everything in it, but best of all is that the recipes are easy to follow and the ingredients are not so exotic that you cannot find them anywhere,  That being said I have to say that I loved the variety in the book and have already started to try out the book myself with my family and thus far, the food is delicious and as mentioned, I had no problems following the well laid out recipes! I also love the images in the book. I find myself getting more and more hungry as I read through this and I by the end I had almost half of the book flagged with recipes that I wanted to try at home. When this happens for me it is a sign of a good cookbook!

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