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Feast: Food that Celebrates Life Paperback – 7 Sep 2006

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus; New Ed edition (7 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0701180331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701180331
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 3.3 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Heartwarming, passionate, informed, refreshingly uncomplicated and full of ideas, Feast is destined to become a classic like How to Eat" (Mrs D-Daily (Blog))

"The real successor to Nigella Lawson's classic, How to Eat, a volume that every right-thinking person cherishes and consults regularly... Feast [is] just as entertaining and divulgent - and it works too, both as a practical manual and an engrossing read" (Evening Standard)

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

"Lovely photographs clear recipes great stress-busting tips" (Lydia Slater Sunday Times)

"As clever and inspiring as ever" (Jeanette Winterson, Evening Standard)

Book Description

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.

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139 of 142 people found the following review helpful By Shelf Life TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Oct. 2006
Format: Paperback
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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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 5 Jan. 2008
Format: Paperback
Pros
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.

Cons
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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105 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 22 Nov. 2004
Format: Hardcover
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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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By L. Silver on 2 Mar. 2007
Format: Paperback
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nickki Thompson on 19 Jun. 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My original copy of Feast is absolutely battered - the front and back covers are missing, the spine is ripped and the pages are splattered with chocolate and butter stains. It's the cookbook I turn to again and again - it is packed full of recipes that suit any occasion. For a very long time now I've been searching for another hardback copy of Feast to replace my very well used one and I was delighted to find a very reasonably priced second-hand copy in excellent condition.

Feast is beautifully presented, with gorgeous pictures and has clear, easy to follow recipes. I adore Nigella's written introduction at the beginning of each chapter. I never tire of reading it.

Here are just a few of my favourite recipes from Feast:

Chocolate fruit cake
Chocolate Guinness cake
Old fashioned chocolate cake - one of the best chocolate cakes I've made
Andy's Fairfield granola
Tagliata with rosemary and garlic potatoes
Passionfruit curd
Ritzy chicken nuggets
Rigatoni all forno
Chocolate cherry trifle

In my eyes Feast is a true classic. I wouldn't want to be without it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris Widgery VINE VOICE on 13 Mar. 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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