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Feast: Food that Celebrates Life [Paperback]

Nigella Lawson
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Book Description

7 Sep 2006

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 everyday happiness.

Essentially about families and food, about public holidays and private passions, about how to celebrate the small pleasures as well as the big occasions, it includes everything from Christmas, Thanksgiving , Hanukkah and Eid, to Passover and Easter; from Meatless Feasts to Midnight Feasts, from weddings to funerals, from kitchen feasts to kids' favourites, from Partytime to the ultimate Chocolate Cake Hall of Fame.

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 and more than 200 photos, Feast proclaims Nigella's love of life and great food to celebrate it with.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus; New Ed edition (7 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0701180331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701180331
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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)

"She makes cooking seem like a real pleasure" (Aileen Reed, Sunday Telegraph)

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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136 of 139 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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102 of 105 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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18 of 18 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A definite must have! 24 Sep 2007
This is a gorgeous book, full of fab recipes. A perfect recipe for every occassion.

This was the only book I used last Christmas and my turkey and all the trimmings were perfectly cooked!! (And it was only the 2nd Chritmas Dinner I've made - so v proud!!)

They are minimum stress recipes which arn't over complicated, which means you're not cooped up in the kitchen while everyone else is having fun!

A must have for every kitchen!
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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 1 month ago by silvia oterino eroles
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 1 month 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
Published 2 months ago by Pink Flamingo
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing feast
fantastic, easy to follow recipes.
although I needed to do some searching to find the ingredients, I can thoroughly recommend the gingerbread muffins
Published 2 months ago by Helen Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Really good book, bought it for my daughter in law as she loves Nigella's cooking.Great food, well informed and great results. I would recommend this book.
Published 4 months ago by Kevin A. Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars feast food that celebrates life
Nigella is a great chef and her recipes are fantastic easy to follow and great results super results every time
Published 5 months ago by bitzy
5.0 out of 5 stars very satisfied
Really pleased with this book. Am working my way through and not dissatisfied with any recipes so far. Read more
Published 6 months ago by gabriela
5.0 out of 5 stars Cook Book
This cook book by Nigella Lawson was a present and was a very successful one. It was much appreciated. Thanks.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. J. M. Dunning
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful
Brought this book for my daughter who is a great fan of Nigella. She is using it and treating us with some mouthwatering dishes.
Published 8 months ago by jagvinder Johal
5.0 out of 5 stars Gave this to my daughter, missed it!
Excellent cookery book for special recipes. Clear ingredient lists and foolproof directions. The photo's make you want to give things a try. Glad to have it back on my bookshelf!
Published 9 months ago by J. P. Barnden
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