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Appetite: So What Do You Want to Eat Today? [Paperback]

Nigel Slater
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17 Sep 2009

Bestselling cookery writer Nigel Slater’s mantra is ‘recipes don’t rule’. ‘Appetite’ is the revolutionary book that will help all cooks to have fun making anything from a baked potato to Christmas dinner.

Inspiring and irresistible, ‘Appetite’ takes a hundred simple classics and casts aside the insecurities of normal recipes. Ingredients are listed, followed by a suggestion of how much you might need, i.e. ‘double cream – start with 100 ml then see how you go’. Readers will be liberated to use their own judgement, indeed actively encouraged to skip half the ingredients for pared-down versions that will teach them the essence of a dish. Recipe titles reflect this approach – ‘a cheap spaghetti supper’, ‘a big pork roast’, ‘a curry to make you sweat’.

Slater’s typically unpretentious style and ready wit put the fun back into food in this beautifully illustrated book. The first half is packed with instructive, funky photographs and covers all the basics – from ‘getting rid of the three-course-meal tyranny’ to ‘why junk food is so delicious’. A long and helpful section will tell you where to get hold of everything worth eating. Written partly for the non-cook, this will be varied enough to attract more experienced cooks and people who bought ‘Real Food’ and want another helping.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; (Reissue) edition (17 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841154709
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841154701
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nigel Slater is one of Britain's most highly regarded food writers. His beautifully written prose, warm personality and unpretentious, easy-to-follow recipes have won him a huge following. He writes an award winning weekly column in the 'Observer' and edits their 'Food Monthly' supplement, and he is a regular contributor to Sainsbury's 'The Magazine'.

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What is there to say about a new Nigel Slater book? Especially one called Appetite. It is exactly what it should be. This is the book he has been heading for all along. It is about food, to be sure, but it is also a statement of his personal philosophy, which seems to amount to this: that our appetites are founded in pleasure; and that we must interrogate those pleasures, and take them very seriously indeed, if we are to eat as well as we can. To eat well means to eat, and cook, pleasurably. So in Appetite Slater takes food, and cooking, back to where he believes it belongs, back to the realm of sensuous pleasure and comfort. Back to the sheer bliss, as he might say, of putting something warm, soft and sticky in your mouth.

Very cleverly, he has built his book not around detailed recipes as such--that would be too specific for his purposes--but around the sort of thing that might pop into your head as something you would really like to eat. No one says "I fancy Shallow Fried Herring Milt with Sherry Vinegar, Parsley and Butter Sauce tonight"; but they might well think of a Creamy, Calming Pasta Dish, or a Big Fish Pie, or Bangers and Mash. They might like to know, too, some of the endless variations they can play on these platonic essences. These are the kinds of food this generous and handsome book celebrates; foods that have a genuine part to play in people's lives. This is quintessential Nigel Slater, laid-back, not claiming any special privilege as a chef ("If I can do it, so can you" he remarks); and all wrapped up in that wonderful, lived-in, squashy prose that hits the spot every time. A feast of a book, from a man with no tricks or gimmicks, who is happily in touch with his own appetites and wants to put us in touch with ours.--Robin Davidson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


‘He’s a genius, his food is scrummy and his voice more personal than usual.’ Guardian

‘Slater remains the reigning champion…‘Appetite’ is an instant classic. It’s comprehensive, inspirational and beautiful to look at.’ Daily Express

‘The total and utter must-have of the year.’ Rosie Kindersley

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Appetite 29 Dec 2010
By Marand TOP 500 REVIEWER
I love Nigel Slater's approach to food and use several of his books on a regular basis, most notably 'Real Food' and 'Real Cooking'. His aim in 'Appetite' is to free readers from the slavish following of recipes, to encourage them to follow their own minds. Unfortunately this is my least favourite of his books. In part I think that this is because (a) I already possess and use a number of his other books and am used to his philosophy and (b) I am an experienced cook who has been adapting and tweaking recipes for years.

The first 150 pages or so introduce the concept, ingredients, equipment, the idea of seasonality. Then follow the recipes. The approach here is to provide one recipe and then follow with variations & adaptations. For example, in my favourite recipe, a thin onion and taleggio tart, the alternative suggestions are leek & taleggio, onion & camembert, mushroom & taleggio, red onion & parmesan, pancetta & onion. There is a simple tomato sauce followed by suggestions for using roasted tomatoes, chilli, baked pasta with tomato sauce & mozzarella. The same applies for various soups, pasta dishes, etc.. The trouble for me is that none of the variations are unexpected, nor really beyond the capabilities of even a relatively inexperienced cook. There is also much that is familiar from NS's other books. Therefore, for me at least, there isn't much point to the book. I think it would be useful for a relatively inexperienced cook or someone who doesn't already have Nigel's other books.
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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Appetite is my Bible 21 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Like many avid home cooks I have bought a dozen of the latest star-chef books including Jamie, Nigella et al...and also others of Nigel.
Among them I find Nigel's recipe's just as mouthwatering but somewhat easier to follow and more likely to get results as per the photos. He also is a little bit less fashion conscious and doesn't add neat tricks for the sake of coolness.
This book stands our in particular even amongst his others that I have. The lamb shank menu is a great winter warmer for up to 12 people with little stress, the 30 minute fish supper has become a trusty one to give to new guests, and his asian curries are that much more rounded in flavour than others I have tried.
I have bought this book as a present for at least half a dozen friends and as my wife will tell you nothing gives me more pleasure than opening it up on a Saturday afternoon after lunch, over a glass of red wine, and deciding what to cook that night.
I am 30 yrs old and British although living expat in Belgium. After many years of M&S pre-made meals I started cooking about three years ago when living in Italy and would since rate it as my number one obsession. Life for me revolves around good food and wine shared with friends and family.
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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous grub 16 July 2005
My brother's boss bought him a copy, which I nicked. I then bought my parents a copy.... No more is "It's Delia" heard at the dinner table... oh no, "It's Nigel".
This book hugely helped me as a cook. Nigel Slater teaches you cooking - not following a recipe. Indeed, the recipes are very vague in places, stating "a handful" of this, and "a pinch" of that. It's all about helping the reader develop their own skills as a cook. This is unfussy, everyday sort of food, the sort you want to cook after a horrid day at work, with an emphasis on using quality, fresh and seasonal ingredients.
I love the way the recipes have suggestions for adapting them. For example, his basic tomato pasta sauce has a page of variations, many of which are quite scrummy. After a while, you'll leave the book to one side and start improvising yourself!
But at the same time, this is a book you'll want to go back to. The illustrations are beautiful, and Slater writes clearly and with a warm humanity - he almost sounds as if he too has dreadful days when all he wants to do is escape home! There's also lots of useful information such as when particular foods are at their best according to season.
Great stuff for novices but (I'm told) also superb for more experienced cooks.
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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nigel is god!!!!! 2 Sep 2002
By Virago
I bought my first Nigel Slater book (Real Food) on a whim because it contained a section about cheese, my favourite food (!), and I have been absolutely hooked since. When I got 'Appetite' home I spent virtually the whole night reading it and devouring every word. He writes so temptingly about food that you just want to eat eat eat!!
If you're looking for fancy, pretty food then this may not be up your street but if you are looking for sheer, animal satisfaction and food that hugs your soul then this is the book for you! I must admit, I am partial to a bit of both types but this is the book I come to time and time again, the one that is splattered with all sorts of sauces, ice creams and bits of pastry, and the one that has produced groans of pleasure from everyone from my boyfriend to my parents to my friends who happen to sample my cooking with Nigel's inspiration.
It's not a book with strict, precise recipes, Nigel encourages you to cook with a little of your own judgement and he does this in such an enthusiastic way that it makes it seem easy, and it is! I cannot say enough good things about this book and the only bad thing I can come up with is that the food in it is so good that you may pile on a few pounds, but you'll have such fun doing it it really is worth it!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply delicious
In his usual style it's fun, simple and flexible. Really a basic recipe followed by a selection of ideas for the reader to run with. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Chef Keene
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Loved it. Very inspiring. Made the org of lamb and a couple of other things from the book. It's a nice read too. My sister had the book and I'm so glad I got a copy too.
Published 2 months ago by Elisabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars A present
i bought this for my partner for Christmas. He loves Nigel Slaters recepies and has several of his cookery books. I think he was delighted with this gift.
Published 3 months ago by dr s rouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful and warming
As a great fan of Nigel Slater since first watching Real Food, and making the accompanying book from the series, my first cookery book, (which I still have,, I am proud to say)... Read more
Published 6 months ago by catherine simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars Appetite
A cookbook to read as opposed to just dipping into. A book to make you think rather than slavishly following recipes.
Published 6 months ago by Jasmine
5.0 out of 5 stars Nigel Slater is always good
I've never had a failure with a Nigel Slater recipe and he often suggests ideas which are unusual but successful combinations of foods, setting you off on an inventive new path of... Read more
Published 7 months ago by C. Combes
5.0 out of 5 stars Cooking heaven
Suitable for both the serious cook and those who dabble, this book has it all. Read, absorb and just use what you have. Enjoy
Published 8 months ago by Julie
3.0 out of 5 stars DIFFERENT
Not quite what I expected. Not a lot of recipes but lots of tips and encouragement to try inventive cooking. Very interesting. Nigel Slater paints a picture with words
Published 13 months ago by patsy
5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy Scrummy!
Very good price. Was in very good condition and came quickly. I love all these receipes and have made some and they haveallworked out well. Read more
Published 14 months ago by violetta
4.0 out of 5 stars My review for Nigel Slater's book Appetite
An English home cook with a taste for simple things, Slater is my favorite food writer. Appetite is a bible for daily home cooking,teaching you how to cook by loose recipes and... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Eleonore Petersen
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