What is ‘Comfort Food’ and Where Does the Term Come From?

It’s tough to describe “comfort food“, but you know when you see it. It’s typically a food that may or may not have nutritional value, but is heavy in texture and large in quantity. Comfort food has a different purpose than your typically 3 meals a day. Comfort food is synonymous with soul food…food that makes you feel good.

default_f077ca73e454180db38a3ff4fb959538_junemediachickenbiscuits.jpgWikipedia defines “comfort food” as “food that provides a nostalgic or sentimental value to someone, and may be characterized by its high caloric nature, high carbohydrate level, or simple preparation. The nostalgia may be specific to an individual, or it may apply to a specific culture.”

Tracing back to 1966, the term was first used in a publication called “Palm Beach Post” where an article outlined a theory that read that “Adults, when under severe emotional stress, turn to what could be called ‘comfort food’—food associated with the security of childhood, like mother’s poached egg or famous chicken soup.”

Oddly enough, different demographics prefer different types of comfort foods. Men are1382541000580.jpg said to prefer more warm and hearty foods, whereas women prefer comfort foods that are more snacks/treats such as chocolate or ice cream. Younger people preferred the more snack-type comfort foods as well, whereas folks over 55 preferred the heartier “meat and potatoes” type dishes.

Comfort foods, naturally, also vary by country. In the U.S. some of the fan favorites in comfort food are:

  • Apple pie
  • Biscuits and gravy
  • Burritos
  • Cake and Cupcakes
  • Casseroles
  • Chicken fried steak
  • Chicken and dumplings
  • Chicken soup
  • Chili
  • Chili Mac
  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Chowders: Clam chowder, Shrimp chowder, Corn chowder, etc.
  • Corned beef and cabbage
  • Cornbread
  • French fries
  • Fried chicken
  • Green bean casserole
  • Grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup
  • Grits
  • Ice cream

Hungry yet? If you’re in the mood for some comfort food, the Wheelhouse Restaurant has you covered. We have a special menu just for those seeking a little comfort in some good old-fashioned food that’ll stick to the ribs and warm your heart.

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