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Feast: Food that Celebrates Life [Hardcover]

Nigella Lawson
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Book Description

4 Oct 2004
We use food to mark occasions that are important to us in life. Feast is not just about the way we cook and eat at the great religious festivals or big-deal special occasions, but about how food is the vital way we celebrate anything that matters...it's how we mark the connections between us, how we celebrate life.' Essentially about families and food, about public holidays and private passions, about how to celebrate the small everyday pleasures as well as the big occasions, it includes everything from Christmas, Thanksgiving , Hanukkah and Eid, to Passover and Easter; from Valentine's Day to that first breakfast in bed and Sunday lunch fit for the In-Laws; from Meatless Feasts to Midnight Feasts, from Partytime to the ultimate Chocolate Cake Hall of Fame; from weddings to funerals, from Georgian and Venetian feasts to children's favourites. Heartwarming, passionate, informed, refreshingly uncomplicated and full of ideas, Feast is destined to become a classic like How to Eat. Written with the same enjoyment, sensuality and practical awareness, and packed with over 300 recipes from all over the world and from near to home, Feast proclaims Nigella's love of life and great food to celebrate it with.

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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus; First Edition edition (4 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0701175214
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701175214
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A great sense of place and occasion in a recipe book... Nigella is a very talented and evocative food writer." -- Time Out

Feast, like so much of Lawson's work, is a voluptuous and delicious piece of food writing -- Tom Norrington-Davies, Guardian

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A feast for the eyes and the senses and now available in a handsome paperback edition, Feast is a must for every kitchen. In the style and tradition of Nigella's classic How to Eat, it applies those same 'Pleasures and Principles of Good Food' to celebrations from feast days to familiar rites of passage. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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137 of 140 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great success! 26 Oct 2006
I can't cook well, so when I try to use a book I appreciate a food writer who is clear and doesn't assume you have trained as a chef already. Nigella makes the grade spectacularly! Her commentary is also brill because she clearly adores sharing what she does.

It is designed with recipes covering loads of special occasions but I've tried a fair few without passing a single one on the calander, and they have all been delicious!

What is different to almost all of the 'tv chef' books I have seen is that the recipes contain simple easy to find ingrediants that you won't have to spend hours trudging round specialist shops to get. They all claim to do this, but really this is the best one I have seen for it. This is so valuable in a cookbook. Probably like most people who have a busy life, I only occasionally want to push the boat out and try something fancy, most of the time I just want something different. This has different, plus quick, plus easy and accessible... real recipes you can use in real life.

The home made custard creams recipe is brilliant - my friends thought I was bonkers making something readily available - and all went off wanting the recipe themselves!
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103 of 106 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars worth your money.......probably 22 Nov 2004
This is a fascinating subject covered by a highly talented author and as such I can't help but feel that this book should be better than it is.
As Brand Nigella has gathered pace her books have increased in glossy photography including a few too many of the author. Despite Nigella's stunning good looks, I can't help but feel most cooks would trade the gloss for a bit more of her magical prose.
If you are new to this kind of cooking I think this is a worthwhile book which is simple to follow. If you have been cooking and reading about food for a good few years you will probably find much of the source material already on your book shelves. In addition, there are a lot of cake recipes and if you nod off while reading it you could wake up think you are reading Domestic Goddess. I don't deny that cakes are pretty central to feasts but as you turn the pages it can feel like a bit of extra padding between the covers.
That being said, it is a diverting read whilst sprawled on the sofa with a drink and has enough inspiring stuff to send you off for a potter around the kitchen.
Nigella's seminal work is, in my view 'How to Eat' and if you don't own it, buy it (no pictures at all though- one extreme to the other). Feast is less ground breaking but is still very good indeed.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read as well as a cook book! 5 Jan 2008
You can really impress your friends and family with these recipes.
Everything is laid out into specific ocassions.
Instructions as straight forward and easy enough to follow.
You could spend an evening or two on the sofa browsing through the pages as there is a lot of little snipits of information.

No where near enough photos. I find these are normally what inspire me to chose a recipe or a least something to compare the finished result to.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Nigella's 'Feast' is an absolute essential to any kitchen regardless of whether you're a novice or a pro. What makes this book so great is that Nigella's recipes are written in a way that is clear and straight forward enough that it would be difficult to go wrong with them, yet at the same time she emphasises that a reader should feel free to adapt ingredients and measurements at your own will, meaning the more adventurous cook can be a bit creative! Nigella's obvious love for the food she is writing about and cooking makes it all the more appealing.

While the focus of 'Feast' is on festive food, it is also filled with some brilliant everyday recipes. I have made the 'chicken noodle soup' about ten times now and it is amazing and takes less than ten minutes!

So whether you want something a bit different on a week night or want to create something delicious and spectacular for a special occasion (or just a saturday!) then there will be something in this book for you.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nigella does it again 8 Oct 2004
What another fabulous book Nigella has produced. 'Feast' covers a variety of different events in life (Christmas, New Year, Easter, etc.) and gives a variety of mouth watering dishes for them all. A lot of thought has gone into this book. For example in the Christmas section not only do we have the traditional recipes for turkey et al but she also supplies suggestions for Christmas Eve (a meal that ends up being over looked most of the time) and suggestions of what to do with all those leftovers when you can't bear the thought of turkey anymore. Her chatty and encouraging writing style from her previous books is still very much in evidence here and instead of feeling instructed as you work through the recipes you feel as though your best friend has turned up and you are working through a bottle of red wine whilst creating in the kitchen. The recipes are easy to follow and the useful list of suppliers at the back makes it no chore to find any of the needed ingredients. A delight to cook from but also a true pleasure to read. Nigella's books should be on any aspiring cook's bookshelf.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything works. And everything is good. 13 Mar 2008
By Chris Widgery VINE VOICE
The downsides - the book's not very well organised. It's arranged by "feast themes" rather than something else. So it's all a bit haphazard. And she looks a bit mad in some of the photos - trying a bit too hard to smile at the camera. And that's it.

The upsides - well firstly, everything works. Everything. This is the first cookbook where we'd cook for other people a recipe we'd never tried before, because they all work. There's none of the nonsense of her latest TV show ("I always keep a bag of [insert the most obscure ingredient you can think of] in the freezer, you never know when it might come in useful") and just a load, a load, of really good, straightforward recipes. Some sound weird (Ham with Cherry Coke?) but they all work.

Highly, highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ... book did not have a cover on the front like shown
The book did not have a cover on the front like shown
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2.0 out of 5 stars Did not meet expectation
The cover, edges and some pages were dog eared and tatty. I ordered other used books from a different website which gave the same description regarding quality of condition and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jules
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Nigella
This is a great Cookery book. You could cook any of the meals individually, and we often to for the desserts, but we usually make the whole meal plan she's put together. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ms. E. L. Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
I didn't like her when watching her on TV but somehow I liked her recipes, so I decided to get her books. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sílvia
2.0 out of 5 stars No good on kindle
Have decided buying a cookery book on the kindle is no use for me. Best part of cookery books is being able to browse through them and it's really difficult to go backwards and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by hb
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite cook book
Tried many recipes from this book and loved every one. The recipes are really easy to follow and there are variations and options offered throughout that are worth trying. Read more
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