from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Food that is simply prepared and associated with a sense of home or contentment.

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  • n. Certain foods that people associate with their formative years, or with “home”; frequently simple home-cooked style food, and often the staple of diners and other informal restaurants.
  • n. Food that one eats to feel comfort or alleviate stress rather than to receive nutrition.

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  • n. food that is simply prepared and gives a sense of wellbeing; typically food with a high sugar or carbohydrate content that is associated with childhood or with home cooking


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  • I am built for comfort rather than speed.

    February 11, 2008

  • Comfort food is typically inexpensive, uncomplicated, and easy to prepare. Many people turn to comfort food for familiarity, emotional security, or special reward.

    Comfort foods are typically composed largely of simple or complex carbohydrate, such as sugar, rice, refined wheat, and so on.

    The term "comfort food" was added to the Webster's Dictionary in 1972.


    Usually home-cooked with attendant memories

    February 10, 2008