From the IACP award-winning author of Jikoni, a cookbook celebrating indulgence in vegetarian and vegan home cooking.
"A total joy." -Claudia Roden on Jikoni
"Inventive, fresh, and deliciously irreverent." -Yotam Ottolenghi on Jikoni
It's well-proven that a diet centering fruits, vegetables, beans, grains, and nuts is healthier for us and our planet, but talks of decreasing global meat and dairy intake have for too long been tied to narratives of culinary sacrifice. Ravinder Bhogal, award-winning chef and self-described “half-woman, half-hummus,” knows better. In Comfort and Joy, she radically reclaims vegan and vegetarian cooking in all its abundance, with decadent, craveable recipes that bring together crisp okra fries with curry leaf mayonnaise, earthy roasted beet salad with blood orange and creamy burrata, whipped feta with tomatoes confit, and so much more.
With Bhogal's creative, approachable, veg-centric recipes for home cooks, each recipe in Comfort and Joy is the key to a new culinary life where wellness and indulgence are allies, deep frying is vegetable baptism, and "the vegetarian option" is always first choice.
Ravinder Bhogal was born in Kenya to Indian parents. A journalist, chef, and restaurateur, her food is inspired by her mixed heritage and the UK's diverse immigrant culture. Her debut restaurant, Jikoni, was ranked 56th in the UK by the National Restaurant Awards within 7 months of opening and achieved a coveted place in the Michelin Guide in the same year. She has authored two books, including the IACP award-winning Jikoni and the Gourmand World Cookbook Award-winning Cook in Boots. She is a monthly food columnist for the FT Weekend Magazine and Guardian Feast, a contributing editor at Harper's Bazaar, and regularly writes for The Observer Magazine and Vogue online. She lives in London.
"It’s one of those books in which I immediately marked more than a dozen recipes to try, and the first on my list amazed me with its brilliance … [the Cacio e Pepe soup] was magic." - Joe Yonan, The Washington Post
“These indulgent recipes elevate vegetables to star status... Bhogal's meticulous, beautifully written recipe notes bring childhood memories of family meals to life and relate the joy of meat-free cuisine for all home cooks. This is a winner.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Dishes that nourish while bringing joy, with vegetables taking center stage... Full of savory vegetarian recipes with an Indian flavor profile that are perfect for flavor-seeking foodies.” —Library Journal
“A gorgeous and enticing marriage of styles and flavours that is uniquely Ravinder's.” —Claudia Roden
“Never has a book been so aptly named. Ravinder Bhogal is a sorceress with vegetables. You'll find the unexpected and the startling on every page.” —Diana Henry
“Ravinder is nothing less than the most original cookery writer in Britain today.” —Sathnam Sanghera
“A revelation - inventive, bewitching and mouth-watering. Ravinder effortlessly plays with global culinary influences and conjures up what the title promises: soul-food comfort and a whole lot of joy.” —Meera Syal
“A total joy.” —Nigella Lawson on JIKONI
“Inventive, fresh and deliciously irreverent.” —Yotam Ottolenghi on JIKONI
“Crazily, gloriously, life-affirmingly delicious … homely, warm, kind but inventive (in the best way), rule-bending and thoughtful.” —Diana Henry on JIKONI
“Displays the full range of [Bhogal's] 'lawless spirit,' in recipes that deliciously combine her culinary heritage with the new possibilities from a global larder.” —Salman Rushdie on JIKONI