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The term comfort food refers to a style of familiar, simple food or drink that is usually home-cooked, or consumed in informal restaurants. The word drink is primarily a verb, meaning to ingest liquids. ...



Comfort food is typically inexpensive, uncomplicated, and easy to prepare. Many people turn to comfort food for familiarity, emotional security, or special reward[citation needed]. The reasons a dish becomes a comfort food are diverse but often include pleasant associations of childhood[citation needed]. Small children often seem to latch on to a specific food or drink (in a way similar to a security blanket) and will repeatedly request it in high stress situations. Adults eat comfort food for a sense of continuity. A security blanket is any familiar object whose presence provides comfort or security to its owner, such as the literal blankets often favored by small children. ...

Comfort foods are typically composed largely of simple or complex carbohydrate, such as sugar, rice, refined wheat, and so on. Lactose is a disaccharide found in milk. ... This article is about sugar as food and as an important and widely-traded commodity. ... For other uses, see Rice (disambiguation). ... Species T. aestivum T. boeoticum T. dicoccoides T. dicoccon T. durum T. monococcum T. spelta T. sphaerococcum T. timopheevii References:   ITIS 42236 2002-09-22 Wheat Wheat For the indie rock group, see Wheat (band). ...

The term "comfort food" was added to the Webster's Dictionary in 1972. 1888 advertisement for Websters Dictionary Websters Dictionary is the common title given to English language dictionaries in the United States, derived from American lexicographer Noah Webster. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Types of comfort foods

Various foods or beverages could fill the urge for a comfort food depending on a person's taste, but in any given culture or cuisine there are foods that become universally accepted comfort foods. For other uses, see Culture (disambiguation). ... Cuisine (from French cuisine, cooking; culinary art; kitchen; ultimately from Latin coquere, to cook) is a specific set of cooking traditions and practices, often associated with a specific culture. ...

United States

Many comfort foods are regional in nature, [1] such as fried chicken and barbecue in the American South, or a hotdish or other casserole in the Upper Midwest, and hoagies and scrapple sandwiches in parts of the East Coast. Chili, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and some version of a stew or heavy beef dish are comfort foods nearly everywhere. Various ethnic groups in the United States have their own comfort foods, for example tacos for those from Latin America or the American Southwest. Many ethnic comfort foods have become mainstream and accepted as American fare. For example, Vietnamese immigrants brought phở and Bánh mì to the United States, and residents from throughout Asia brought Taiwanese Bubble tea, all of which are becoming common comfort foods, particularly in the West Coast. Many Jewish comfort food items, like lox and bagel sandwiches, blintzes, and matzah ball soup, have become American standards. Because the term is so regional and subjective, it is impossible to compile a full list. KFCs Fried chicken with french fries. ... A barbecue in a public park in Australia A barbecue on a trailer at a block party in Kansas City Pans on the top shelf hold hamburgers and hot dogs that were grilled earlier when the coals were hot. ... The U.S. Southern states or The South, known during the American Civil War era as Dixie, is a distinctive region of the United States with its own unique historical perspective, customs, musical styles, and cuisine. ... Tater Tot Hotdish Hotdish is any of a variety of casserole dishes popular in the Midwest of the United States and especially the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin. ... In cooking, a casserole (from the French for stew pan) is a large, deep, covered pot or dish used both in the oven and as a serving dish. ... Regional definitions vary from source to source. ... Quiznos submarine sandwich A submarine sandwich (or just submarine where context would exclude the sea vessel, or even just sub) is any of various sandwiches made on a long roll split lengthwise, especially those including meat, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and various condiments, sauces or salad. ... Scrapple sandwich at the Delaware state fair Scrapple is a savory mush in which cornmeal and flour, often buckwheat flour, are simmered with pork scraps and trimmings, then formed into a loaf. ... Regional definitions vary from source to source. ... A bowl of chili con carne with beans and tortilla chips. ... This article is about the food. ... Macaroni and cheese with a breadcrumb topping. ... Beef Stew A stew is a common dish made of vegetables (particularly potatoes or beans), meat, poultry, or seafood cooked in some sort of broth or sauce. ... For other uses, see Beef (disambiguation). ... The Ars Technica Community Operating System (TACOS) is an imaginary operating system ostensibly created by the members of the popular computer enthusiast web site Ars Technica to represent computing Utopia. ... Latin America consists of the countries of South America and some of North America (including Central America and some the islands of the Caribbean) whose inhabitants mostly speak Romance languages, although Native American languages are also spoken. ... The Southwest region of the United States is drier than the adjoining Midwest in weather; the population is less dense and, with strong Spanish-American and Native American components, more ethnically varied than neighboring areas. ... Typical beef phở (phở bò ) A chicken-based phở (phở gà) with basil leaves, hoisin sauce, and Sriracha hot sauce, before mixing. ... Bánh mì Bánh mì (pronounced in English and in Vietnamese), sometimes also referred to as a Vietnamese hoagie, is a Vietnamese submarine sandwich, made with a French-inspired baguette. ... Pearl milk tea typically found in Taiwan Bubble tea is a tea beverage that originated in Taiwan[1] in the 1980s. ... Regional definitions vary from source to source. ... The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination... Lox can stand for any of several things: Lox (salmon) - a type of salmon produce LOx (oxidizer) - liquid oxygen used as oxidizer in aerospace The Lox - was a Yonkers, NY-based rap trio This is a disambiguation page — a list of articles associated with the same title. ... For other uses, see Bagel (disambiguation). ... A blintz, blintze or blin (Russian: блин, блины; Ukrainian: блинці, blyntsi; plural: blintzes, blini, bliny) is a thin pancake. ... Matzah balls, also known as קניידלעך kneydlach (pl. ...

Comfort food has always been the staple of diners and other informal restaurants, as well as home cooking. Traditionally, there has been an emphasis on authenticity and low cost. One recent development, however, as chefs have explored the roots of American cuisine and tried to define it as a unique style, is the advent of fine dining comfort food restaurants that feature more careful cooking and presentation, higher quality and fresh organic ingredients, and consequently, higher prices.[2] Diners can mean: Diners Club International, a credit card company plural of diner, see Diner (disambiguation) Category: ... Look up authenticity, authentic in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Cuisine of the United States is characterized by the broad diversity of the possible foods, but more importantly the willingness of the country as a whole to integrate widely divergent foods. ... Organic may refer to: Look up organic in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

United Kingdom

In the UK the term "nursery food" has a similar meaning, although it also refers to food given to young children. It may refer to childhood favorites that are still enjoyed in adulthood. Traditional dishes that are often considered comfort foods in the United Kingdom include stews - especially in northern England and Ireland, and "bangers and mash," meaning sausages and mashed potatoes. England is also known for roasted food, especially beef, earning the nickname "rosbifs" from the French.

Other countries

Roti is a the main staple food in parts of India.It is a sort of unleavened bread that is taken with either a simple meal of lentils or other vegetables or meat. Along with rice, it could be considered comfort food, as it is simple and may bring back memories of many simple meals taken with the immediate family[3] Japan has many types of comfort food, typically simple, hearty, inexpensive dishes like miso soup, ramen, onigiri, or Japanese curry.[4] It has been suggested that Chapati be merged into this article or section. ... Miso soup with miso, wakame, negi and aburaage Miso soup packets Miso soup ) is a traditional Japanese soup consisting of a stock called dashi into which is mixed softened miso paste. ... This article is about the traditional Japanese noodle soup. ... Onigiri Onigiri (お握り) also known as Omusubi (おむすび) is a Japanese (short grain) rice ball snack most commonly formed into triangle or oval shapes and wrapped in seaweed (nori). ... A serving of Japanese curry and rice Curry , sometimes called カリー karī) is one of the most popular dishes in Japan. ...

See also

A comfort object is an item used to provide psychological comfort, especially in unusual or unique situations or at bedtime for small children. ...


  1. ^ David Grossman. "A trip down comfort food lane", USA Today, September 13, 2004. 
  2. ^ "Comfort Food Goes Upscale: Top Chefs Injecting Luxury To Old-Fashioned Favorites", CBS News, August 28, 2005. 
  3. ^ Enjoy home-style Indian comfort food
  4. ^ Elizabeth Andoh. "Choice tables; Comfort Food, Japanese Style", New York Times, February 9, 1998. 

Rachael Domenica Ray (born August 25, 1968 in Glens Falls, New York[1][2]) is an Emmy-award winning television personality and author, who currently hosts the syndicated talk/lifestyle program Rachael Ray and two Food Network series, 30 Minute Meals and Rachael Rays Tasty Travels. ...

External links

  • Gender preferences in "comfort" foods stem from childhood
  • Comfort Food on Chefs.com Recipes and articles about comfort food.
  • Comfort Food Article What is Comfort food?
  • Comfort Food and you - A scientific look at comfort foods from the Science Creative Quarterly

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Comfort food - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (303 words)
The term comfort food refers to any food or drink to which one habitually turns to for temporary respite, security, or special reward.
A substantial majority of comfort foods are composed largely of simple or complex carbohydrate, such as sugar, rice, refined wheat, and so on.
Most comfort foods in the U.S. are regional in nature, such as collard greens in the South, or a hotdish in the Upper Midwest.
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