Cooking & Entertaining

The Consolation of Food: Stories about life and death, seasoned with recipes

A collection of stories with recipes to read and make in troubled times--"comfort" food in the truest sense of the word--this book is unlike any other food memoir.

This is a memoir grounded in the solace of food and drink. Following personal tragedy--the death of his father and uncle, his divorce and separation from his children, and serious substance abuse--Valentine Warner began to take note of his grief in culinary form, documenting meals that made him feel good, bad, and indifferent. In this book, he takes us on a journey, 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 recognizes 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. 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.

About The Author

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 (BBC), in 2008, saw him seeking out the best food that the four seasons have to offer, and
this was quickly followed up by a second series in 2009. Valentine appears regularly on BBC's Countryfile, and has written for The Times, the Mail on Sunday, the Guardian, the Independent, and many more. In 2013, he co-founded the Moorland Spirit Company, whose Hepple Gin won double gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. They also recently launched Douglas Fir vodka.

  • Publish Date: October 22, 2019
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Cooking - Comfort Food
  • Publisher: Pavilion
  • Trim Size: 6-1/8 x 9-1/4
  • Pages: 240
  • US Price: $29.95
  • CDN Price: $40.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-911624-03-5


"His memoir, punctuated by 75 recipes, ambles from childhood to the present and documents his renewed appreciation for the ability of even the simplest dishes to heal." —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY