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Comfort foods are familiar, simple foods that are usually home-cooked or eaten at informal restaurants. They are foods that are often emotionally significant to a person or group of people and are sometimes related to pleasant memories of childhood.

Description
Comfort food is typically inexpensive, uncomplicated, and easy to prepare. Many people eat comfort food because it is generally easily digestible, is tasty and flavorful, or as a way to reward oneself.

Types of comfort foods
"Various foods or snacks 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 widely accepted comfort foods. Individuals may also vary: upbring-
ing, memories & traumas, situations (solo or any specific types of group
settings, perhaps influenced by the food marketers). Biologically each has
varying sensitivity to taste, crunch, fats, sugars, fluid, color, preentation,
pre & post rituals - of the eating experience."

"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."

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Comfort Food Favorites World-wide:
chocolate cake
meatloaf   meat pies
fluffernutters
macaroni and cheese
mashed potatoes (or twice-baked potato)
applesauce
fried chicken
fried dough
bangers and mash" (sausages & mashed potatoes)

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Argentina
Milanesa (Breaded Meat) with Fries, Empanadas, Choripan, Sausages with Mashed Potatoes, Pasta with Butter and Parmesan, Canelones with Tomato Sauce, Flan with Dulce de Leche, Alfajor.

Brazil
Rice and Beans with Steak and Fries (Arroz e Feijão com Bife e Batata Frita), Beef Escabeche (Carne Louca/ Maluca), Beef Stroganoff, Arracacha Soup (Sopa de Mandioquinha), Bean Soup (Sopa de Feijão) and fried eggs are some of the main comfort foods appreciated in Brazil.

Canada
Comfort food in Canada has many similarities with comfort food in the United States. However, distinctively Canadian comfort food exists. These include poutine, which originated in the province of Quebec and is considered a distinctive part of Québécois cuisine, as well as beaver tail pastries in eastern Canada. The former consists of french fries with cheese curds and gravy, while the latter is a Canadian equivalent of fried dough. Macaroni & cheese (particularly Kraft Dinner brand), tourtière and mashed potatoes are popular comfort foods in Canada, with Tim Hortons donuts being a favorite in Ontario.

China
An example of a comfort food eaten in China is Congee, often eaten when one is sick.

India
Comfort food for vegetarians in the North include Daal (lentil) and Roti (bread). In the South it is rice and Sambar or curds and rice. In the East it would be rice and fish. Another comfort food is Khichdi. Others include Choley Bhaturey, Rajma Chawal, Kadhi Chawal. Chawal is Rice. Snacks include samosa, kachori. Drinks include lassi. For the east, i.e. Mumbai, snacks include pav bhaji, bhel puri. Sweets include jalebi, gulab jamun, kheer, ghewar, boondi laddu, rasgolla, rasmalai.

Ireland
Typical comfort foods in Ireland are boiled stews such as Irish stew and coddle and basic pork dishes such as the full Irish breakfast. These are typically served with soda bread and butter. Desserts include Goody and Barmbrack.

Italy
Comfort food in Italy varies a great deal from the north to the south of the country, due to local traditions. Spaghetti seasoned with extra virgin olive oil and garlic spaghetti aglio e olio are very popular. Pizza, cannelloni filled with beef, lasagne, mortadella sandwiches are a favourite. Among the sweet foods, a chocolate spread called Nutella has acquired a cult status in the comfort food world after director Nanni Moretti portrayed a character gorging on it in the film "Bianca". A recipe which has acquired a similar status in the public mind is frittata con le cipolle, an onion omelette, after the very popular comedy character Fantozzi, portrayed by Paolo Villaggio, enjoys one while watching a football match.

Japan
Japan has many types of comfort food, typically simple, hearty, inexpensive dishes like miso soup, onigiri, ramen , chazuke, or Japanese curry.

Mexico
Milanesa de res o pollo (chicken fried steak or chicken); quesadillas; sopa de fideo (vermicelli soup); tacos; and beans. Chicken soup with vegetables, scrambled eggs with onion, tomato and serrano chile, enchiladas and huevos rancheros are some of many comfort foods in Mexico. And since the closeness to the USA, pizza, hamburgers, nachos and icecream may now also be considered comfort food.

Middle East
Shwarma, tabouleh, baba ganoush, falafel. Mansaf in Jordan. Sweets include Baklawa, Qatayef (Sweet pancakes), kunafe.

Philippines
Filipino comfort food is synonymous with home-cooked meals. It is also associated with street food such as balut, isaw, mani, mais, chocolate, and the ubiquitous ice cream.

Somalia
Injera is often a food eaten with tea and a form of butter call "subag".

Spain
Fried eggs with fries or rice are some common comfort foods in Spain.

United Kingdom
In the UK comfort food may refer to childhood favorites that are still enjoyed in adulthood, such as boiled eggs and soldiers (the soldiers being buttered toast cut into strips and dipped into the egg yolk). Traditional dishes that are often considered comfort foods in the United Kingdom include stews - especially in northern England, and "bangers and mash" (sausages and mashed potatoes). Rich steamed puddings, made from flour and suet and with considerable quantities of added sugar and spice, are also popularly considered to fall into this category. Ice cream is also a popular comfort food choice.

United States
Favorite home-made comfort foods in the US include chocolate cake, meatloaf, fluffernutters, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes (or twice-baked potato), applesauce, fried chicken, chicken soup, pizza, peanut butter, ice cream, bacon, green bean casserole, chicken and dumplings, eggs, and hash browns for breakfast. Many creative mixes of foods have emerged that people term as comfort foods.


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The Term
"Comfort Food"
was added to the Webster's Dictionary in 1972.
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ice cream
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