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Carla's Comfort Foods: Favorite Dishes from Around the World

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Featuring 130 recipes with new variations on soulful favorites, this cookbook covers the culinary globe on an ingenious, delicious mission: to capture the international flavors of comfort.

For Carla Hall, co-host of ABC’s The Chew, food is a wonderful way to forge connections with and between people. In her delicious new cookbook, Carla’s Comfort Foods, she finds inspiratio
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Atria Books (first published March 25th 2014)
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Mar 13, 2017 Lisa rated it really liked it
I don't know about the food selection on the recipes. The one thing that I really loved about this book it is recipes from around the world, the recipe lets you know where it is from.
May 04, 2014 Heidi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, read-2014
OK, I did want to turn all the pages to see what glasses Carla was wearing in each photo. She delights me on The Chew so I thought I'd give her new cookbook a try. After trying several of the recipes, I must say this book will continue to have a place in my kitchen. The use of color in typing the recipes helps differentiate Carla's tips, the ingredients, and the instructions. While not all recipes include photos, there are enough to make my mouth water. Most recently I made Carla's "Cooked-to-De ...more
Jan 30, 2017 ReGina rated it really liked it
I recognize that it's weird to actually read a cookbook. And all cookbooks aren't designed for this. However, Carla's Comfort Foods definitely is. In this book, Carla takes foods from all over the world and meshes them with her own culture, preferences, or just interesting ideas. The Tennessee girl in her comes out in Southeast Asian dishes as well as French or Greek treats. She also has a quick chart of spices, herbs, and flavors that are commonly associated with the foods of a region, encourag ...more
I saw this in passing at the library on NEW shelf. I grabbed it. I like how she tells where all the spices originated from or what dishes it's best used in (e.g. Spanish, Italian, etc.). Then Carla breaks the comfort foods in sections such as vegetables, meats, etc.

I only see minimum dishes I would like to try in the future. The photographs are colorful, vibrant, and beautiful. It also lists above with a symbol which international food group it falls under.

But this coconut fish stew looks abso
Jul 22, 2016 Andrea rated it it was ok
I am always amazed by the competitors on Masterchef, especially when the children compete. Carla was the winner of Masterchef, and her cookbook seems like she still is attempting to impress judges because it is a bit pretentious. Her diversity of recipes is admirable, but her use of ingredients is at times obscure using things like Scotch bonnet. Another pet peeve in cookbooks is referring to other recipes when making another. For the empanadas, she includes the empanada recipe plus the filling, ...more
May 19, 2014 Nicole rated it really liked it
Carla Hall is a chef known for her appearances on numerous television shows. With her latest cookbook, she hopes to show everyone how various cultures are connected through their cuisines. Carla demonstrates how one simple dish can be transformed through the addition of just a few regional spices. In the beginning she provides a useful spice chart that displays the connected tastes of the world. Though some of these ingredients may be hard to find, Carla provides numerous tips and helpful step b ...more
Lindsey Duncan
Sep 01, 2015 Lindsey Duncan rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, culinary
An enjoyable collection of recipes - I was pleasantly surprised to find that Carla takes a tour of international dishes and spices, and does a very job of making both (the dishes and the spices, that is) inviting and enticing. At times, her style of writing comes off too cutesy, and it's grating, but overall, I enjoyed the way she discussed food. Though I have to say, if you had pointed at any of the Top Chef roster and said, "Pick out the chef with the multi-element desserts in their cookbook," ...more
Apr 07, 2014 Naomi rated it really liked it
This book had a really nice blend of recipes. I will admit that there were several that I found too exotic for my likes, but the majority were definitely winners that I think would go over well in my household. The cooking skill levels were mixed, but, as the author includes step by step instructions, I don't think that it is something that even the most novice cook couldn't take on.
Jun 01, 2014 Laurianne rated it really liked it
I love Carla Hall and was very pleased with this book. There are a lot of comfort food favorites in here that she put her own little spin on. The pictures are amazing, although I wish that there were more of them. I've tried a few of the recipes, which everyone enjoyed, so now I can't wait to try more. She is so much fun to watch and read about and I'm glad her newest cookbook is a success.
Rachel Heller
Dec 29, 2016 Rachel Heller rated it really liked it
I loved Carla on Top Chef and this cook book makes my mouth water. If you love cooking then, this is the book for you. There are many recipes in the book that I want to make. Fried Chicken, here I come!
Apr 01, 2014 Lia rated it liked it
Shelves: cooking
Colorful photos, good descriptions of ingredients, and the handful of recipes I tried were delicious!
Jun 05, 2014 Kathie rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbook
Love the show "The Chew", and this book lives up to the show.
Apr 05, 2014 Beka rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
This was a fun book with lots of yummy recipes and fun stories. I love Carla!
Jun 03, 2015 Suzanne rated it really liked it
I have tagged so many of the recipes in this book that it might take the whole summer to make them. I like the suggestions she made for variations and what each change would do to the dish.
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I didn't expect to like this book but was pleasantly surprised.
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