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Guardian Faber acquires Grace Dent's Comfort Eating

By Faber Editor, 22 February 2023

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Guardian Faber signs Dent’s ‘wonderfully joyous’ podcast-inspired love letter to comfort food.

Guardian Faber is to publish Comfort Eating, a new book from Grace Dent inspired by the award-winning podcast of the same name. Commissioning editor Mo Hafeez acquired world English rights, including audio, from Cathryn Summerhayes at Curtis Brown. It is scheduled for publication in autumn 2023

The foods we turn to behind closed doors are deeply personal, steeped in nostalgia and topped with a healthy dollop of guilty pleasure. Comfort Eating finds Grace Dent inviting readers to her kitchen table to discover what makes the things we really eat so delicious.

As she explores her go-to comfort foods through a series of joyous encounters, Grace catches up with famous friends to discover their secret snacks – from Jo Brand’s fried-bread sandwich smothered in HP sauce and Russell T. Davies’s butter pepper rice to Scarlett Moffat’s crushed Wotsit-topped beans on toast and many, many more . . .

So grab a plate and pull up a chair: unfussy, honest and filled to the brim with heartwarming personal stories and comfort-food tales, Comfort Eating is the perfect treat for food lovers everywhere.

Grace Dent is a columnist, broadcaster and author; she is the Guardian’s restaurant critic. She regularly appears on MasterChef UK and she presents Best of Britain by the Sea with Ainsley Harriott. Dent was named Restaurant Writer of the Year at the 2022 Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards; her memoir Hungry won the 2021 Lakeland Book of the Year award and the Fortnum & Mason Debut Food Book award. She hosts the podcast Comfort Eating, which was named the Podcast of the Year at the 2022 British Media Awards.

Grace Dent:

‘I’m so excited to publish this book. Comfort Eating is so close to my heart. Fancy menus are all well and good, but when the going is tough, nothing beats spaghetti hoops on hot buttered toast. This book delivers all the joy, warmth, cosiness and fun of the podcast in page after page of unabashed deliciousness.’

Mo Hafeez:

‘Millions of people turned to Comfort Eating during lockdown for some much-needed warmth, hilarity and cheer, and I’m thrilled to be working with Grace to bring this book to hungry readers across the country. She’s an absolute star and I can think of no one better suited to celebrate the food we eat when no one’s around to watch or judge us – this truly is comfort food in book form!’