A Table Full of Love: Recipes To Comfort, Seduce, Celebrate & Everything Else in Between

Bloomsbury. Feb. 2023. 320p. ISBN 9781639730490. $35. COOKING
McAlpine (Table for Friends), a food writer and regular contributor to the Sunday Times, is back with her third cookbook. She discusses how food can make one feel all kinds of things, but mainly feel better. Divided into chapters aiming to comfort, seduce, nourish, spoil, and cocoon, recipes are accompanied by swirl-painted framing that gives the book a homey feel while a mix of lovely settings and food photography puts readers in the correct mood. Menus give suggestions for a variety of landmark meals, including first dates, birthdays, or “when the world is falling apart around you.” McAlpine’s twist on the traditional cookbook taps into what is so fundamental about food and cooking, which is how it makes one feel. The author even offers clever gift box tips to package and present food as gifts.
VERDICT Whether readers are looking for the perfect dish to woo or a way to comfort through food, McAlpine provides the tools and recipes to say it with love from a kitchen.
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