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Williams-Sonoma Comfort Food

Offering irresistible inspiration for every meal of the day, Williams-Sonoma Comfort Food features more than 100 enticing recipes for homespun favorites. Award-winning cookbook author Rick Rodgers believes that comfort food is all about nostalgic indulgences shared with family and friends, and his soul-satisfying dishes will take you back to childhood. Each recipe includes a tip that puts a delectable new spin on the familiar featured dish, creating an over-the-top version that's sure to please.

Get any day off to a comforting start with a luscious breakfast of French toast. Inspired by classic New Orleans recipes, the panfried slices of egg bread are seasoned with vanilla and nutmeg, then topped with caramelized bananas.

For many comfort food lovers, few dishes rival the satisfying simplicity of a hot sandwich. Sloppy Joes, enlivened with a spicy-sweet tomato sauce, are a deliciously messy indulgence that brings out the kid in everyone. Another family-friendly winner: hearty tuna melts topped with tomatoes and cheddar cheese.

When it comes to suppertime, there’s nothing like a home-style pot roast to conjure up happy memories of meals around Mom's kitchen table. Our version, made with thickly sliced onions and a dash of paprika, is scrumptiously tender. For Italian-style comfort food, try light, airy gnocchi tossed with fragrant basil pesto. And for dessert, who can resist creamy butterscotch pudding infused with the buttery sweetness of homemade caramel.

Sometimes all it takes to transform a meal into a comforting celebration is a soothing side dish, be it a soup, salad or vegetable. Maple baked beans are a classic companion for all sorts of hearty classics. For lighter fare, try a savory salad of toasted country bread cubes, baby arugula and crisp pancetta.

Celebrating the connection between food and fellowship, the recipes in this beautifully photographed book are brought to life by engaging personal stories that will inspire you to cook up comfort food favorites for your own family gatherings. Every dish defines the enduring value of home cooking: enjoying a delicious meal with people you love.