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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 1 edition (April 3 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607741784
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607741787
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 2.9 x 24.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
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“Readers will be itching to get into the kitchen--and out to the table--but will also be called to a more mindful way of cooking throughout, one based on sustainability, simplicity and love.”
—Shelf Awareness, 4/13

“Fans of stylish, anecdote-wielding celebrity chefs will find plenty to love in this collection, which favors vegetables, grains, legumes, seafood, and dairy.”
—Library Journal, 2/15/12

“In Very Fond of Food Sophie shares a world where everything (including the food) is pretty but not overly precious. Her cooking style is relaxed and easygoing, her recipes approachable, wholesome, and interesting. This is a book that makes you feel like being in the kitchen, making lovely food, is exactly where you want to be.”
—Heidi Swanson, author of Super Natural Every Day
“Devour this book. Take it to bed with you and flip through it as you would a treasured novel. Sophie Dahl’s words speak honesty and humility, love and malady. It’s the sort of cookbook that will make you fondly think of your grandmother and have you checking the fridge for leftover beef stroganoff. An absolute treasure of a book.”
—Joy Wilson, creator of Joy the Baker

About the Author

Sophie Dahl began her career as a model, but writing was always her first love. In 2003 she wrote an illustrated novella called The Man with the Dancing Eyes, which was a Times bestselling book. This was followed by a novel, Playing with the Grown-Ups, published to widespread praise by Bloomsbury in 2007. Dahl is a contributing editor at British Vogue. She has also written for US Vogue, Waitrose Food Illustrated magazine, the Observer, the Guardian, and the Saturday Times Magazine, among others.
A devoted eater and cook, she wrote a book chronicling her misadventures with food, Miss Dahl’s Voluptuous Delights, published by HarperCollins in 2009, which was her second Times bestseller. Following on the success of Voluptuous Delights, Dahl wrote and presented a popular BBC2 six-part cooking series, The Delicious Miss Dahl, which aired in numerous countries all over the world.
Dahl lives in England, where she continues to work on her journalism, fiction, and baking. Visit www.sophiedahl.com.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9dc20a38) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cf52504) out of 5 stars Delicious, whimsical, and do-able recipes Sept. 1 2012
By SleepyHedgehog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Your criteria for cookbooks may differ, so I thought I'd lay mine out so you know how I am evaluating this cookbook:

1. Are the recipes do-able and practical for people who work a day job to pay the bills? YES. Recipes that call for 20 ingredients, and 2hrs of prep time don't make the cut and thankfully, most of Sophie Dahl's recipes are very do-able. I've made 7 of them on a worknight without feeling jammed for time. Cleanup isn't too much either, and this is important. The idea of having to use 11 pots and pans and other assorted equipment and then cleaning it up later kills most good cooking intentions in this house. I've also never taken a cooking class, and am merely an oft-harried, usually exhausted cook trying to put-together a meal for the family. These recipes are do-able, you don't need to be an expert to execute them with good results.

2. Are the results delicious? Yes, yes, and yes. Here, it's very subjective, but not only do I like the types of food featured, but I like her set of flavor combos. If your favorite flavor-gestalts are different, you may not like this, but for me (a lover of Mediterranean flavors, a lover of ingredients from Japanese, South Asian, and East Asian cuisines, as well as a smattering of classic English & French type flavors), her recipes really hit the sweet spot.

3. Do the recipes capture my imagination and transport me to some other time/place? Yes, they do. The author weaves in a brief anecdote with her instructions, and explains why a particular recipe is included. She does this without getting too wrapped up in the anecdote, but with just enough storytelling to infuse the recipes with whimsy. It's good to feed the imagination as well as the belly.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cf52750) out of 5 stars Lovely, thought-provoking, cheerful and kind Jan. 14 2014
By Marianne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A really charming book, full of personal tales and delicious recipes. I admire Miss Dahl's candor and bravery in stepping in front of what could be a critical audience for cookbooks, and she does carry it off well. You feel she's walking along beside you as you create her treats, and the stories behind them are often hilarious and usually heart-warming. She also freely uses slightly more unusual ingredients, and I for one am sufficiently intrigued to try them out.

The photos are beautiful, a sort of dreamy ideal country-chic home and garden with rough edges and full of antique cooking implements and jars of flowers. Even if the recipes weren't all that great, I'd enjoy this book for the stories and pictures, but actually the recipes are great, so I love it. Have given a copy of this as a gift to a friend just starting out cooking, as inspiration. Brava Miss Dahl!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cf52714) out of 5 stars *THIS COOKBOOK IS A TREASURE* Feb. 24 2015
By Melia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This cookbook is a joy to own in every way. The warm and inviting writing by the charming Sophie Dahl, the heavy matte pages, the beautiful photographs, the way that it is divided by the seasons make it a pleasure to read, to touch and to view. Anytime I need a lift and an encouragement to cook, I open this book and am inspired all over again. Seriously.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cf52a08) out of 5 stars Lovely read, lovely pics and wonderful recipes. March 28 2014
By M. Perez-Bastian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A lovely read for those who enjoy reading cookbooks with more than just a list of ingredients and directions.The tapioca with apricots and apples is spectacularly delicious, it has become our new favorite breakfast. The photos are beautiful and the recipes written in a way that anyone can jump in and have fun in the kitchen with Sophie Dahl. This book is a wonderful addition to my cookbook library, so happy to have discovered Ms. Dahl, and I look forward to getting my hands on more of her books.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cf52f00) out of 5 stars Beautiful! March 20 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This has to be one of the most beautifully done cookbooks I have ever seen. It is very visually stimulating and satisfying. The pictures make you want to cook. The recipes are also delicious. I love how she uses REAL food. I also love how she divides the book into different seasons. There are many benefits from eating food that is in season. That's how we were created to eat. Wonderful cookbook to add to the collection.