The Comfort Food Diaries by Emily Nunn

At some point over the last four years, I feel as if I have lost myself as a person but found myself as a writer. I do not have delusions of grandeur, or even mediocracy, and this play on words is my motto "me write pretty one day". 

Since moving to Colorado, I have stopped engaging in activities that bring me joy: reading for pleasure, making time for friends, traveling and connecting. I have just not had the heart for anything that wasn't a necessity or work involved.

It is no secret that my, now 13 year old, son has bipolar and high-functioning autism and we have been struggling since we've moved from New York (and long before that but not to this degree). With that stress which included hospitalizations and feelings of hopelessness, I stopped reading for enjoyment. It is as if my brain is overloaded and I just wanted to fill up on "stupid" telelvision in the evening. 

Yes, I read cookbooks, but I do not read them like a novel. I can put down a cookbook and pick it up weeks later. But when I am presented with a great novel, I cannot put it down. Defying sleep, I will stay up speeding through the pages seeking a resolution. Why am I telling you all of this? I am oversharing to justify why I have not read The Comfort Food Diaries: My Quest for the Perfect Dish to Mend a Broken Heart by Emily Nunn yet.

This morning I picked up Emily's book. It has been near my desk since I received it taunting me as I have heard incredible things.  As I wanted to put up this promotion today, I thought I should glance through the book, read the first few pages to be able to speak personally about its style. Immediately, I was drawn in and an hour later, I had to force myself to stop. I want to spend my entire day finishing this book, but I cannot. Work needs to be completed before I leave for New York next Thursday. My reward for not indulging myself now will be finishing The Comfort Food Diaries on the plane (who am I kidding this book will keep me up all night, thanks Emily.) The first few chapters are riveting, sad, funny, hopeless, hopeful and powerful. The book needs to be devoured in one sitting and the fifty recipes that are nestled throughout her journey of healing may help to mend my broken heart.

The publisher, Atria, has provided me with an extra copy of this title for one of you and I will ship it worldwide. The author is also providing two copies so we have a total of three copies to giveaway. Please enter below but do yourself a favor, buy the book now.

The publisher provided me one copy of this book which I will ship worldwide and the author is generously providing two additional copies.  One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. For more information on this process, please see our step-by-step help post. Be sure to check your spam filters to receive our email notifications. Prizes can take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the publishers. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on March 23rd, 2018.


  • Kristjudy  on  2/15/2018 at 11:24 AM

    Eileen Savannah crab salad.

  • jigglesfrog  on  2/15/2018 at 11:25 AM

    Aunt Mariah's rolls

  • lebarron2001  on  2/15/2018 at 11:49 AM

    Portia's scallops on creamed corn

  • Sharmiro  on  2/15/2018 at 12:00 PM

    I loved this book..I listened to it on a long drive, and it was to have the printed version.

  • Sharmiro  on  2/15/2018 at 12:03 PM

    I loved this book..I listened to it on a long drive, and it was to have the printed version. I want eat Beauty Soup.

  • WCchopper  on  2/15/2018 at 12:11 PM

    I'd probably try the Greyfield Inn gingerbread because i love southern gingerbread. The southern salami sandwich sounds intriguing...

  • LarissaPrusak  on  2/15/2018 at 12:32 PM

    Ha, the Purple shit sounds funny.

  • heyjude  on  2/15/2018 at 12:47 PM

    Rouille Croutons

  • ravensfan  on  2/15/2018 at 12:48 PM

    Ezra Pound Cake

  • annmartina  on  2/15/2018 at 1:09 PM

    I was hoping Dot's salad was made with Dots and whipping cream but that's not to be. I'll choose Collard Greens soup.

  • linseysowa  on  2/15/2018 at 1:43 PM

    Angel Biscuits!!

  • lpatterson412  on  2/15/2018 at 2:10 PM

    Pot of pinto beans!!

  • Steben  on  2/15/2018 at 2:42 PM

    Eileen's Savannah crab stew

  • janv  on  2/15/2018 at 2:58 PM

    Chef Daniel Malzhan's grilled white nectarines with sweet basil, homemade crème fraîche, and wildflower honey

  • LDGourmet  on  2/15/2018 at 3:06 PM

    The cabbage or unusual vinaigrette. At least, that's my mood today.

  • sipa  on  2/15/2018 at 4:13 PM

    Fig tarte Tatin with red-wine caramel

  • JennaKat  on  2/15/2018 at 4:58 PM

    I'd make "Great-grandmother's mean lemon cake" because my husband LOVES lemon cake (and his b-day is in just a couple weeks ...)

  • JRumi  on  2/15/2018 at 6:33 PM

    Magnificent sour cream corn muffins

  • rahiscock  on  2/15/2018 at 11:20 PM

    The amazing Cherry Pie on the cover. Wow!

  • Katti  on  2/16/2018 at 6:35 AM

    Mini pan bagnat sandwiches

  • EmilyR  on  2/16/2018 at 10:51 AM

    Toni's onion rings, thought purple shit sounds fascinating.

  • jemans  on  2/16/2018 at 1:59 PM

    parmesan and prosciutto spoon bread

  • usingSpoons  on  2/16/2018 at 3:28 PM

    Some of these will be a challenge to make in the UK, but I think I’m safe with Chef Bruce Sherman’s cheesy eggs :)

  • Puguppy  on  2/16/2018 at 7:28 PM

    Morning custard

  • ebs  on  2/16/2018 at 8:27 PM

    Magnificent sour cream corn muffins

  • Scotsman61  on  2/16/2018 at 9:30 PM

    "Great-grandmother's mean lemon cake"

  • jmay42066  on  2/17/2018 at 3:29 PM

    Emily's pimento cheese

  • rchesser  on  2/17/2018 at 4:10 PM

    Greyfield Inn's gingerbread

  • Joy001  on  2/17/2018 at 5:32 PM

    Aunt Mariah's pot roast

  • JenJoLa  on  2/17/2018 at 6:48 PM

    Spicy beans with coconut milk

  • kmn4  on  2/17/2018 at 7:26 PM

    Great-grandmother's mean lemon cake

  • Gocatgo  on  2/17/2018 at 10:46 PM

    Toni's tomato sauce to use up all the fresh tomatoes from our garden!

  • contest718  on  2/18/2018 at 7:33 AM

    Aunt Mariah's pot roast

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  2/18/2018 at 8:52 AM

    I would like to try making the Cinnamon chocolate pecan cookies.

  • Siegal  on  2/18/2018 at 9:54 AM

    I want to make father Tracey’s bran muffins

  • Livia  on  2/18/2018 at 11:55 AM

    It has got to be the Fig tarte Tatin with red-wine caramel :D

  • lapsapchung  on  2/19/2018 at 8:11 AM

    Parmesan and Proscuttio Spoon Bread

  • lgroom  on  2/19/2018 at 11:11 AM

    Great Grandmother's mean lemon cake.

  • sgump  on  2/19/2018 at 12:03 PM

    Who can resist "Ezra Pound cake"? (Actually, why didn't I think of that one earlier myself?)

  • Dannausc  on  2/19/2018 at 4:49 PM

    Cream cheese and olive sandwiches

  • AnneOther  on  2/19/2018 at 7:09 PM

    First thing I'd make is Greyfield Inn's gingerbread.

  • antpantsii  on  2/19/2018 at 8:44 PM

    Sour cherry pie

  • maisietoo  on  2/19/2018 at 11:37 PM

    Ezra Pound Cake sounds... like comfort cake.

  • Joyceeong  on  2/20/2018 at 8:40 AM

    pot of pinto beans

  • abihamm  on  2/20/2018 at 4:07 PM

    Greyfield Inn's gingerbread

  • shaz4  on  2/20/2018 at 4:47 PM

    Her Great-Grandmother’s mean lemon cake - what a fantastic name for a cake!

  • matag  on  2/20/2018 at 9:55 PM

    Eileen's Savannah crab stew

  • AnnaZed  on  2/22/2018 at 12:33 AM

    A bitter salad with grapefruit and avocado

  • anniette  on  2/22/2018 at 6:00 AM

    The mini Pan Bagnat makes me hungry right now, with the Parmesan and Prosciutto Spoon Bread for later, thank you.

  • mpdeb98  on  2/24/2018 at 7:46 AM

    Great-grandmother's mean lemon cake

  • mcrimmins  on  2/24/2018 at 12:01 PM

    Great-Grandmother's Mean Lemon Cake sounds like a winner to me.

  • clairew137  on  2/25/2018 at 3:39 AM

    Greyfield Inn's gingerbread

  • LaurenE  on  2/25/2018 at 2:12 PM

    Fig tarte Tatin with red-wine caramel

  • sarahawker  on  2/25/2018 at 2:36 PM

    Great-grandmother's mean lemon cake

  • mrp55  on  2/25/2018 at 3:42 PM

    I would make the Beauty Soup. I can so identify with this author. When all else fails, I can make and eat soup.

  • Shelley.b  on  2/26/2018 at 7:30 PM

    Ezra pound cake

  • stitchan  on  2/27/2018 at 7:57 AM

    Eileen's Savannah crab stew

  • HermionieG  on  2/27/2018 at 10:07 AM

    Wyler's pure and simple salmon cakes

  • obbigttam  on  2/28/2018 at 12:54 AM

    Richard's special Cajun spice - give a man a spice mix and many dishes will follow :)

  • biro  on  2/28/2018 at 2:32 AM

    Aunt Mariah’s Rolls

  • lils74  on  2/28/2018 at 4:17 AM

    Aunt Mariah's Pot Roast

  • Arinelle  on  2/28/2018 at 5:41 AM

    Great-grandmother's mean lemon cake!

  • skyejaden  on  2/28/2018 at 9:00 AM

    Great-grandmother's mean lemon cake!

  • AlisonL  on  2/28/2018 at 10:03 AM

    Portia's roasted winter squash soup

  • Maria.luiza  on  2/28/2018 at 2:55 PM

    Pot of pinto beans

  • luccio  on  2/28/2018 at 3:23 PM

    Richard's special Cajun spice

  • GregH  on  2/28/2018 at 5:41 PM

    Aunt Mariah's pot roast

  • Sfgordon  on  2/28/2018 at 7:22 PM

    Spaghetti squash parmesan! Everything sounds like the weird stuff I make for myself when I only have random ingredients and I don't want to go to the grocery store.

  • nadiam1000  on  3/1/2018 at 7:36 AM

    Great Grandmother's Mean Lemon Cake - I cannot resist a lemon dessert and with a name like this...

  • Cryambers  on  3/1/2018 at 10:28 AM

    Aunt Mariah's rolls

  • jd5761  on  3/1/2018 at 4:25 PM

    Great-grandmother's mean lemon cake - i love the sound of that

  • madelainelc  on  3/1/2018 at 7:53 PM

    Beauty soup, the ingredients sound delicious.

  • kitchenfrolic  on  3/2/2018 at 12:46 AM

    Definitely would want to try Great-grandmother's mean lemon cake because I love anything with lemon in it!

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  3/2/2018 at 5:52 AM

    Toni's onion rings

  • choppergirl  on  3/2/2018 at 9:37 AM

    Spicy beans with coconut milk

  • bamato  on  3/2/2018 at 12:31 PM

    Aunt Mariah's rolls

  • jaelsne  on  3/2/2018 at 12:39 PM

    It's gotta be Purple Shit for me! I must see what it is.

  • ejsimpson  on  3/2/2018 at 6:00 PM

    Emily's pimento cheese

  • BMeyer  on  3/2/2018 at 10:07 PM


  • t.t  on  3/3/2018 at 1:55 AM

    Eseeola Lodge spaghetti squash Parmesan

  • RSW  on  3/4/2018 at 10:25 AM

    A bitter salad with grapefruit and avocado

  • SBabij  on  3/5/2018 at 7:44 AM

    I would like to try the Angel biscuits

  • shellee  on  3/5/2018 at 10:58 AM

    Portia's roasted winter squash soup

  • PollySBA  on  3/7/2018 at 4:22 PM

    Red cabbage with bacon, apple, and balsamic vinegar Salty comfort food

  • Jenamarie  on  3/8/2018 at 9:17 AM

    Parmesan and prosciutto spoon bread

  • iza27  on  3/8/2018 at 1:48 PM

    I would try the smoked trout pate.

  • Coffeebean  on  3/9/2018 at 11:00 PM

    Cream cheese and olive sandwiches

  • camerashy131  on  3/10/2018 at 9:44 AM

    Aunt Mariah's pot roast

  • trudys_person  on  3/10/2018 at 6:51 PM

    A Bitter Salad with Grapefruit and Avocado - love grapefruit!

  • kbennall  on  3/12/2018 at 1:51 AM

    parmesan and prosciutto spoon bread

  • LaraM  on  3/12/2018 at 8:24 PM

    Beauty 🍲 soup

  • Ishtar  on  3/14/2018 at 7:16 AM

    Ezra Pound cake. Very amusing

  • Joy001  on  3/14/2018 at 4:20 PM

    Magnificent sour cream corn muffins

  • bookreadera  on  3/15/2018 at 5:12 AM

    Ezra Pound cake b/c my endless search for the perfect pound cake recipe continues.

  • PeavineBlues  on  3/16/2018 at 6:17 PM

    Buttery biscuits

  • Julia  on  3/16/2018 at 6:27 PM

    Angel biscuits, Portia’s Collard Soup

  • HomespunHouse  on  3/16/2018 at 8:22 PM

    Aunt Mariah's rolls

  • GillB  on  3/16/2018 at 11:13 PM

    Dots salad

  • sequoia55  on  3/17/2018 at 12:37 AM

    Magnificent sour cream corn muffins

  • MarieRayner  on  3/17/2018 at 12:46 AM

    The Ezra Pound Cake is calling my name! xo

  • eileen2015  on  3/17/2018 at 9:14 AM

    Crab salad

  • dbrhs  on  3/17/2018 at 10:31 AM

    Great Grandma's Mean Lemon Cake

  • chasteph  on  3/17/2018 at 11:47 AM

    I think Beauty Soup sounds just lovely!

  • circ2000  on  3/17/2018 at 4:18 PM

    Aunt Mariah's pot roast

  • Whyvette  on  3/18/2018 at 11:30 AM

    I loved this book! I am trying Emily's Shrimp-and-Grits Style Risotto first.

  • cake17uk  on  3/18/2018 at 2:10 PM

    Aunt Mariah's pot roast - love a pot roast, so cold here at the minute too, could do with some right now!

  • TanyaD  on  3/18/2018 at 6:00 PM

    Angel biscuits

  • Karla123  on  3/18/2018 at 8:42 PM

    Beauty soup...a plant-based soup for a healthy glow. What's not to love?

  • Singleta417  on  3/18/2018 at 10:45 PM

    Ezra's pound cake

  • chimpbob  on  3/20/2018 at 9:44 AM

    Angel Biscuits

  • MusicCityMissy  on  3/21/2018 at 9:30 PM

    I have already made several but I might have to try the Purple Shit for fun.

  • orchidlady01  on  3/22/2018 at 5:23 AM

    Aunt Mariah's pot roast

  • munki  on  3/22/2018 at 2:53 PM

    Purple Shit...for guests. How can you not?

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