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Nigella Express [Paperback]

Nigella Lawson
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Book Description

3 Sep 2009

Featuring fabulous fast foods, ingenious short cuts, terrific time-saving ideas, effortless entertaining and easy, delicious meals, Nigella Express is her solution to eating well when time is short. Here are mouthwatering recipes, quick to prepare, easy to follow, that you can conjure up after a long day in the office or on a busy weekend, for family or unexpected guests. This is food you can make as you hit the kitchen running, with vital tips on how to keep your store cupboard stocked, freezer and fridge stacked.

When time is precious, you can't spend hours shopping, so you need to make life easier by being prepared. Not that the recipes are basic - though they are always simple - but it's important to make every ingredient earn its place in a recipe. Minimise effort by maximising taste. And here too is great food that can be prepared quickly but cooked slowly in the oven, leaving you time to have a bath, a drink, talk to friends, or do the children's homework. Minimum stress for maximum enjoyment.

This is a new generation of fast food - never basic, never dull, always do-able, quick and delicious - for the busy lives we lead.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus (3 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0701181850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701181857
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.4 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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"Once you've seen what Nigella can do for you in 20 minutes, you'll never want anything else" (News of the World)

"Full of wonderful, quick ideas with that typical mix of nostalgic, eclectic and delicious that you expect from Nigella" (Easy Living)

"Busy women everywhere will appreciate a copy of the Domestic Goddess's latest offering...full of practical recipes" (She Magazine)

"The food matches her appearance - flawless, polished and sexy" (Guardian)

"One of the appealing things about Nigella's brief introductions to each of them is that she thinks not just as a cook, but as a eater..." (The Observer)

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Mouthwatering recipes for good food fast, now available for the first time in a beautiful paperback. Her bestselling book (over 1 million copies sold in hardback), with all the recipes from the TV series.

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98 of 103 people found the following review helpful
I am a huge fan of cooking and I'm at my happiest when I am in the kitchen, whizzing up gourmet meals for ten dinner guests. However, I also have a toddler, baby and husband to feed every evening. Not only is time precious, but the food has to be tasty to be accepted!

Cue Nigella Express.
I have made dozens of recipes from this book and so far every single one of them has worked, and has been praised and revered by all who have sampled them. The Tiramisu is one of the best I have ever eaten, and it's one of my favourite desserts. The black beans with tuna is to die for, as are the chickpeas with rocket and sherry. I have to admit that my husband and toddler looked at me like I'd gone mad when I presented them with a bowl of chickpeas for dinner. But ten minutes, and two full bellies later, they admitted that it was stunningly good.

Fab, fab, fab is all I can say. Don't even think about not buying it!!!
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Nigella's best 3 Nov 2007
By Annie
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I was wary of buying this. How many Nigella cookery books does one need? (I have them all.) But this is brilliant. Because they're all quick recipes, you know you can just read them before making and won't get to the end of the recipe and find it says "best made 24 hours before eating". Some of the recipes aren't super healthy, but if you like to eat healthily just avoid them. I've heard some (the croissant pudding) don't work, but all the ones I've tried have. There's a superb smoked trout pate recipe in there, ditto mirin glazed salmon that I've made many times. And a lovely loaf recipe that's wholesome, uses yeast but involves no proving. Genius! I really recommend this book to everyone, but especially those with little time on their hands as this is fab, fast, food.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous pictures; imaginative recipes 15 Sep 2012
Nigella really shines in this collection of short, easy yet inspiring recipes. With beautiful glossy pictures that make you want to drool and her trademark 'seductive' introduction to each recipe, this book is just as good to read in bed as it is to cook from. Maybe it could do without all the photos of the author in various poses, but, hey, it's her book! I love the recipe for the White Bean Mash, and the Maple Ribs. Another great production sympathizing with the busy lifestyles of today! Well done Nigella!
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70 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yum! 19 Sep 2007
One word describes this book for me...YUM. From the gorgeous design to the mouth-watering photos to the chatty style of Nigella Lawson's writing...this is a book to sit and read for pleasure, as much as it is a 'recipe book' to be instructed by.

There are thirteen sections to the book, with chapters covering speedy entertaining, breakfast in a hurry, superfast soul food, instant Italian etc. There's a good range of recipes with starters, snacks, drinks and puddings all getting plentiful coverage. (The desserts - including Irish Cream Tiramisu, Totally Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies, Ginger Passionfruit Trifle and many more make this book worth the cover price alone!)
The one thing I'm not keen on is the occasional snap of Nigella in her pjs but I'm still going to give it five stars. Delicious!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Up there with Jamie 27 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Another one of our best British chefs. Nigella never ceases to fail in the kitchen. This woman is amazing and I don't care what she does in her private life. She is my true Domestic Goddess. Thanks Nigella!
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79 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!! 6 Sep 2007
By whipmeupsomecream VINE VOICE
Yet another fantastic book from Nigella! Apart from the beautiful grey/pink presentation complete with retro pictures, the actual content is superb! It is different from her previous books in the way that the friendly chat she introduces each recipe with is cut down considerably. So although you still have a comforting narrative to guide you through each recipe, it's short and sweet and cuts to the chase. Also, in keeping with the 'express' theme, there is a recipe per page with bullet point methods. This makes it particularly easy to read when in a hurry. There are beautiful photos to drool over too!
I am very impressed with this latest book of Nigella's. I always thought 'Feast' would be incredibly hard to beat in all aspects. And although 'Express' deals with a different type of cooking, it is just as good and definitely up to the very high standard she has set for herself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Common Sense 5 Aug 2011
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I love the recipes in this book, and for those complaining about the expense of some of the ingredients used - it is not hard to think of substitutes, eg. I have made the crab recipe with tinned crab meat and it was still lovely. The scallops and chorizo I just made with white fish and chorizo (bought in Lidl, shock horror!)and this too was lovely. I tend not to stick to recipes word for word all the time, life would be a bit boring that way, and as Nigella herself freely admits to messing with recipes and even included 'notes' pages in her Nigella Bites book, I think it is safe to say she would not be offended by my meddling! All in all, fantastic flavours, quick recipes, and a little imagination and ingredient substitution makes the recipes more affordable for those who can't always quite stretch to a giant pile of fresh scallops!
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A feast for the eyes! 30 Oct 2007
I must admit, I wasn't expecting too much from this book as the TV series didn't excite me as much as I thought it would. I found some of footage of Nigella being an everyday mum and wife a bit hard to swallow, it was a bit too nicey nicey - middle England at it's most bourgeois!

...BUT - this is a fantastic recipe book and true to the Express philosophy. Me and my missus have a quick test to determine the usefulness of a recipe book, we swiftly thumb through it and if we see half a dozen recipes we know we will do then it gets the thumbs up. Upon further reading this throws out some great recipes - and all quick ones.

It is pleasantly divided and set out well. Beautifully photographed to ensure that you are salivating like a rabid dog before you even start to get the ingredients from the cupboard.

As I have already said - the recipes are all designed to be made quickly and with minimal effort, although some are more involved than others, this is the best book of 'quick dishes' I have seen.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Works a treat!
I have already cooked several of the recipes that Nigella sets out in this book and I've only had it a few weeks. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Drum
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book.
Nice easy cooking method. It helps my life who has a little girl and is a full time worker. In additon, the taste is wonderful.
I live Nigella Express.
Published 12 days ago by london
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully presented
A lovely book to own for its feel and presentation - with the simple, straight-forward recipes we expect from Nigell.
Published 29 days ago by P Hunter
4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely done Nigella
An older volume but nevertheless loads of interesting recipes for those who are starved of time and want something more than a tin of beans.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Michael Metherell
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any cook
Nigella,you have changed my life.Goodbye to pork chops with clumpy rice,and leftover pasta,hello to sherry chickpeas,and thai curry. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ronella
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
A good book usual nigella standard. Difficult to pin point one recipe as there are so many which I will cook again and again
Published 1 month ago by Donna
2.0 out of 5 stars not good enough
Mating is too feint and soon dissappears. Rubs off in your pocket. Sticking to a cheap marker pen and a few dots.
Published 1 month ago by retirednhappy2
5.0 out of 5 stars Nigella
I love Nigella anyway, but had not collected all her books. I am fortunate that now I do. This book is a great go to for simple, fast, delicious meals.
Published 1 month ago by RealJoWood
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Nice to have after seeing her cook so many of these recipes on television. Lots of things to chose from
Published 1 month ago by Ann Limond Mullin
4.0 out of 5 stars some good quick recipes
Have tried a couple of recipes and they have turned out great. I do prefer the Nigellissima to this book for chioces of recipes but still pleased with it.
Published 1 month ago by CARMEN
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