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The Consolation of Food

Stories about life and death, seasoned with recipes

Valentine Warner



ISBN: 9781911624035

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Publication date: 3 October 2019

ISBN: 9781911663065


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Publication date: 12 December 2019

Category: Cookery

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‘Time spent with Val is not just time spent in wonderful company but with an intelligent, proper cook – I could sit at a table with this man for days. He cooks like he eats; just delicious, delicious food.’ Angela Hartnett, Chef

Ultimately, this is a story book with food in it. Valentine Warner presents a collection of personal stories, seasoned with recipes, to read and make in both happy and troubled times; a book of ‘comfort’ food in the truest sense of the word.

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 book is about enjoyment, grief, restlessness, disasters and success.

Organised chronologically and featuring 75 recipes, The Consolation of Food recognises the affirmative powers of time spent foraging or fishing for ingredients, and of cooking; to soothe the soul, to lift our spirits and to celebrate the pure life-changing and life-affirming joy of good food.


Valentine Warner is a cook, food writer and broadcaster. He was a chef in London’s kitchens for five years before running his own catering company. Valentine’s deep love of cooking, nature and travel has seen him make eight series whilst contributing to others – his appearances have spanned BBC2, UKTV, Nat Geo and Fox International. His TV travels have seen him journey across Scandinavia, Canada and Europe.  Valentine has written four cookery books, three of which he illustrated. He is also the co-founder of the Hepple distillery, the producers of Hepple Gin and Douglas fir Vodka.



'A touching, honest and often funny read'

'A charming meandering and erudite patchwork of life-affirming musings to dip into or to gorge in a single sitting'