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How To Eat: The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food [Hardcover]

Nigella Lawson
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

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28 Sep 1998
Aims to give confidence to the ordinary home cook by providing hundreds of recipes and menus and by encouraging the reader to see cooking in context and, most importantly, to acquire a real understanding. Coverage includes kitchen basics, children's food, everyday cooking, weekend lunch and the last minute dinner party.


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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus (28 Sep 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0701165766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701165765
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nigella Lawson is the author of bestselling books - How to Eat ('may just be the best cookery book ever' Daily Telegraph), How to Be a Domestic Goddess (British Book Awards 2001), Nigella Bites (WHSmith Award 2002), Forever Summer ('images of warmth and Mediterranean climes' Time Out), Feast, ('a voluptuous and delicious piece of food writing' Guardian), Nigella Express (no. 1 bestseller with over 1 million sales) and Nigella Christmas ('everything to make your Christmas sparkle' Independent) - which, together with her successful TV series (on BBC 2, Channel 4, as well as the American Food Network ) have made hers a household name around the world. She lives in London with her family.

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Nigella Lawson has long been among the most realistic as well as the most readable of writers on food. Her description of a three-star dinner really is a good second best to actually eating it yourself. But equally she knows the inestimable value of a bacon sandwich on sliced white. This wonderful book combines both of these talents as she sets out on the ambitious task to impart no less than "the pleasures and principles of good food".

The book is neatly divided into categories--cooking in advance, weekend lunch, low fat and so on--each with its own passionate and intelligent introductory essay. The recipes are straightforwardly presented and the occasional school-mistress tone--"You must keep your stock in the freezer," or "I loathe the acrid dustiness of standard-issue sherry"--is always justified by its implication of an entirely proper seriousness and her endless common sense. But most of all Lawson is a greedy eater who knows about food and can write like an angel. "I hate the new-age voodoo about eating," she declares. "The notion that foods are either harmful or healing, that a good diet makes you a good person." Hurrah! How to Eat is the perfect book for anyone who knows that food is more than fuel. --Nick Wroe

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`A culinary classic by the ever-luscious and inspiring Nigella' --Independent on Sunday

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79 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Stickiest book I own 14 Dec 2002
Format:Hardcover
How to eat is the stickiest cookery book that I own, simply because I use it almost every day. I have not reccomended this to friends, I just pretend that I have always made perfect pastry, delicious ice cream and sumptuous cakes - instinctively.
Nigella Lawson's gift is that she lets you pretend that she is as cack handed as you or I undoubtedly are and fills you with an enthusiasm for eating which quickly lures you stoveside. I have read this book quite a few times, almost as you would read a novel and have found it extremely comforting. Buy it if only to make the ham in coke, (sounds disgusting I know - but tastes fab), the pastry - it has never failed me and everybody is impressed by home made pastry. Plus the writing, this really makes you feel that you have a friend and a glass of wine in the kitchen with you.
If I could only buy one cookery book, this would be it.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
More like an evening in with your best mate and a bottle of wine than a cookbook, Nigella Lawson's book is just brilliant. It's absorbing, funny, intelligent, and completely addictive - and that's before you even get to the recipes! Totally unpretentious yet gloriously indulgent, packed full of sensible, practical advice that will boost the kitchen confidence of even the most cack-handed cooks. I've read this over and over again and am not bored of either the writing or the recipes. Great to see a cookbook that revels in greed and has a healthily dismissive additide to food fads, dieting and general gastronomic snobbery. Buy it!
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My desert-island choice 6 May 2005
Format:Paperback
This book is the most useful book I have in my collection. Everybody can use it - if you are single, if you are dieting, if you have small kids, if you are having a dinner party.... Nigella has suggestions for what to cook!
Read it and learn a lot about methods, measurements, indgredients - use the recipes as they are or be inspired to invent your own recipe - and the book is perfect for bedtime-reading!
In a few words - this book has everything!
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How To Eat 17 Nov 2003
Format:Paperback
Suffering from an eating disorder I had forgotten what it was really like to enjoy food and the fun of preparing and sharing it with friends. The book was a gift from my brother and at first I was less than enthusiastic finding the "no pictures" format rather off putting for a recipe book. However, after reading the first few pages I was hooked and have not been able to put the book down since. I have remembered the feeling of eating and enjoying just through Nigella's description of how she feels when savouring childhood comfort foods. I have rekindled the desire to share with others the kind of "communion" that one only finds around a table. It's not the recipes themselves that inspire me its Nigella Lawson's enthusiasm and confidence that spur me to want to enjoy food.
Far from the low fat, vegetarian, overly dressed way of cooking this book encourages sheer enjoyment and appreciation of real food that we all experienced years ago, before the age of diets and when cholesterol wasn't an everyday word. All of these recipes are easily adaptable both to diet and the amount of time available for the task, they seem to be more of a suggestion to which personal taste is the key rather than the list of ingredients.
A well written, fascinating and inspiring book.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's the US version 1 Feb 2004
Format:Hardcover
No problems with the book, but this is the US version - hence measurements in cups, degrees Farenheit, etc.
Just thought I'd post a warning.....
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very highly recommended 6 Jun 2005
Format:Paperback
As someone who wants to be more than a dabbler in cooking, I have to say that this book is absolutely superb. The recipes clearly walk you through the processes and are written in such a way as to inspire confidence in one's abilities rather than terror at one's perceived inadequacies. Even better is the fact that you can actually sit down and take pleasure in simply reading through. It serves to put you at your ease, and - certainly in my opinion - the warm anecdotes, stories and suggestions for cullinary sourcing are a much better use of space than pictures of the results of every recipe. I find that pictures engender an unrealistic expectation - certainly nothing that I have prepared ever looks as good as the picture on the pages of the recipe book, hardly surprising when they are usually created by professional chefs and photographed by professional photographers, both of whose jobs are to make the subject as artistic and perfect as possible. You end up feeling disappointed, which does little to assist in your appreciation of the food. This book avoids all that in favour of reassuring you that one's first pancake or blini is invariably a disaster, but once the first is out of the way, it gets better.
IIf you are looking for an invaluable kitchen companion, then this would be my first recommendation. Read it cover to cover, don't just flick through for the recipes, you miss so much that way. There's simple, everyday suggestions scattered throughout what some seem to think of as filler text.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable 2 April 2005
By rshp
Format:Paperback
This book has almost replaced my Delia Smith's Complete cookery course, which I used to use for everything - rice, yorkshire puds, pancakes etc. It covers all the basics - how to cook veg, meat, rice, cakes etc and then progresses on to recipes, organized in helpful chapters, such as 'Fast food', 'Cooking for 1 or 2', 'Cooking for babies' - it has lots of new and interesting takes on older recipes - beef stew with prunes (delicious - far better than you can ever imagine), pea risotto...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars cookery
ok with some handy tips - I much prefer the earlier books to Lawson's later offerings of style over substance, cost and calories.
Published 12 days ago by Mrs. Margaret EG Makortoff
5.0 out of 5 stars My First Introduction To Nigella...And It Did Not Disapoint!
This was the first ever book I bought from Nigella...and it instantly sparked a love for cooking I never knew I had! Read more
Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!! - thank you
This book was in pristine condition, and I paid only 1p for it - I felt bad to have paid so little.
It was perfect - thank you so much!
Published 29 days ago by NetShee
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
It is a few years since I bought this book. In that time it has been well used with lots of good recipes, and some unusual suggestions - like using full fat coke for the ham. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alan G
3.0 out of 5 stars More a commonplace book than a manual
A refreshing view of cooking and eating, but lots of words, and not so easy to find one's way around. Read more
Published 2 months ago by dr michael f bamford
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT
ANYTHING NIGELLA. LOVE WATCHING HER COOK. CAN NOW TRY TO MATCH HER BUT WITHOUT HER FLARE. ONE CAN ONLY KEEP TRYING.
Published 4 months ago by pollyanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Nigella is a wonderful person
This woman changes lives. Engaging writing style that includes honest and relevant comment. If you're not a food lover before you read this book, you will be by the time you're... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
While not the book for the rank beginner this is fun and has some interesting (but not unique to this writer if you read between my lines) recipes and the odd useful hint foe even... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Henrietta
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my thing
Read reviews and decided to give it a go, not saying the book is bad just not for me. Too much waffling really
Published 7 months ago by Janet Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant if you love READING about food - beware no images
I wasn't sure what to expect of this book; being a big fan of Nigella in our house, we already own a lot of her more recent books (such as Nigella Express, Kitchen, Nigellisima and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Chris M
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