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Nigella Lawson
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13 Sep 2012

Nigellissima takes inspiration from Italian cooking to bring the spirit of Italy into the kitchen and onto the plate, pronto. At the heart of Italian cookery lies a celebration of food that is fresh, tasty and unpretentious; Nigella Lawson reflects this in recipes that are simple and speedy, elevating everyday eating into no-fuss feasts.

Italian food has colonised the world. Nigellissima shows us how and why in over 100 delicious dishes - from telephone-cord pasta with Sicilian pesto to the crustless Meatzza, from Sardinian couscous to Venetian stew, from penne to papardelle, from ragù to risotto, from Italian apple pie and no-churn ices to panna cotta and sambuca kisses - in a round-Italy quickstep that culminates in a festive chapter of party food, with an Italian-inspired Christmas feast as its mouthwatering centrepiece. From the traditional to the unfamiliar, here are recipes to excite the taste buds and the imagination, without stressing the cook.

Nigella's gastronomic heart is in Italy, and in this new book she conjures up, with passionate relish, the warmth, simplicity and directness of Italian cooking, with an Anglo-twist. Illustrated with gorgeous photographs to instruct and delight Nigellissima is accompanied by a major new BBC TV series.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus (13 Sep 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0701187336
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701187330
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 2.3 x 25.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (284 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,525 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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"At her best once again... With dozens of colourful images and easy-to-follow recipes, this book is a fantastic starting point for anybody who wants to try their hand at Italian cuisine" (Italia!)

"Taking the fuss out of Italian cooking" (Look)

"I wouldn't eat if it weren't for Nigella Lawson and Yotam Ottolenghi, so thank God they both put out books this year" (Caitlin Moran Observer)

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Instant Italian Inspiration from bestselling food writer Nigella Lawson

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76 of 80 people found the following review helpful
By purpleheart TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This isn't Nigella's best book...that is probably How To Eat: The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food (Cookery) or Nigella Christmas or How To Be A Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking. It isn't her most inventive or her most beautiful book, but if what you want is good looking, delicious, Italian inspired food that you can get to the table quickly - and that will delight your family and friends - then Nigelissima is a good value.

The book kicks off with an introduction where Nigella explains how she learnt to cook Italian food from ''Nonna'' when she worked there as a young chambermaid. However, this is very much a Nigella take on Italian food - as another reviewer says it lacks the precision Italians demand. Nonetheless, the results taste and look good, but if you are a purist then this isn't for you. The book is sectioned into:

Flesh Fish and Fowl
Vegetables and sides
Sweet things
An Italian inspired Christmas

My friend and I decided to have a bit of an experimental cooking fest over the weekend and tried out a few of the recipes with her family. I had been cooking from it as soon as my preordered copy arrived. The pancakes with marscapone and ricotta served with rum-steeped strawberries were delicious and light and one of the hits of the weekend, the chocolate olive oil cake was my favourite - rich and dense and somehow not sickly. The puddings are a triumph - the almond and cinnamon cake was also delicious.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 2 Oct 2012
By jviles
I am really enjoying Nigellissima, and love the recipes that I have cooked so far. With her last few books being really big, and spanning the globe as far as inspiration for recipes, it does feel different, if not a little refreshing, to find her in a single focus here. The book is extremely well writtten and photographed and is both a practical manual as well as an inspiring read. Of course it also features Nigella's magic prose and does give you great ideas on making your daily cooking have an intriguing Italian flair.

Of course it's the recipes that really count, and these are fantastic. People can complain all they want about Nigella's TV shows, but the fact is she is probably the best and most useable cookery writer out there. Her recipes and methods always work. More than that, they are doable at home and always feel just the right side of elegant and special. The recipes in this book are no exception, and have been both easy to create, but a wonderful treat for dinner or dessert.

Favorites so far include; Meatzza, Quick Calabrian Lasagna, Yogurt Pot Cake, Tortelloni Minestrone, Iced Berries with White Chocolate and Limoncello Sauce, Tagliata for Two, Tuscan Fries, Italian Roast Chicken, No Churn Chestnut Ice Cream, and the Sicilan "Telephone Chord" Pasta. There are many more that look really tempting and that I can't wait to try.

I think people's expectations may have been different than what was intended here. Many people are complaining that these recipes aren't authentic enough. She goes into great detail to explain that her intent was not to give exactly authentic recipes, but rather, how to use ingridients and ideas from Italy to inspire your cooking. I have read many authentic Italian cookery books, and they have all been great.
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106 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Passionate and Inspiring! 13 Sep 2012
I am an unashamed Nigella fan; my desert island cookery book would be "How To Eat"! However, I was sceptical about whether this book would inspire. I love Italian cookery but did I really need a new Italian cookery book? The answer is a resounding yes.
Let's get straight to the food. I love the simplicity of Yellow Spaghetti, beautifully golden due to saffron, marsala and cream. Prawn Pasta Rosa uses Rosato Vermouth to provide a delicate pink blush and sweetness - yes, we will all be buying it this weekend! I am bowled over by the thought of broccoli with lemon and parmesan. Why did I never think of that?!
I have made Iced Berries with White Chocolate sauce before (a Mark Hix recipe) but Nigella has speeded up the sauce-making and added several splashes of limoncello - brilliant! The Italian Christmas Pudding Cake looks very impressive and I know that Tuscan Fries will disappear very quickly in my house. And Liquorice Pudding? Not for me but friends are buying the Italian liquorice pellets, even as I write...
As always, Nigella's passion for cooking and eating is infectious and her recipe notes are like a chat with a friend. There are recipes for confident and less experienced cooks. The food photography is simple but elegant.
I am off to make a batch of Aniseed Shortbread and a Yoghurt Pot Cake; what better to accompany a strong Italian expresso. This book is a complete pleasure...
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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As soon as I saw Nigella Lawson was releasing a new book my order was placed, I am a huge fan of her cooking and style, and she is one of the few chefs that I find most of her recipes turn out exactly as they look in the photograph. Maybe I was spoilt by Kitchen, which is my favourite cookery book of all (and I own a LOT), but I found this tome a little thin on the ground. There are too many vegetable recipes that should really be sides and are given full double spreads, and some very plain pasta recipes, almost as if they are padding it out a bit. Quite a few of the meat dishes werent to my taste, but that is just a personal thing I suppose. However, not wanting to sound too negative, there are some fantastic new recipes, the Meatzza is so simple and absolutely off the scale, my husband and daughter are clamouring for it again! The Coffee Ice cream is prepared in minutes and even though its no churn comes out perfectly without crystals. The Banana bread is so good with the addition of espresso powder, however im not sure if theres an omission in the recipe as it calls for plain flour and doesnt add any baking powder? I added a teaspoon just in case and it turned out perfect. Tonight we shall be having the green minestrone with ricotta and spinach tortellini.. salivating at the thought! I also love the individual tiramisus and tuscan fries. All in all, if you are a Nigella fan, it is worth having in your collection, but its not her best work.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Nigelissima
Very good. Wife has tried some recipes out on me and I'm not complaining! We enjoyed the TV programs she did, which why we bought the book.
Published 9 days ago by f.g.smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad could have been better
Enjoyed it but more recipes than normal that don't appeal. It wasn't one of my favourite books by nigella. No
Published 16 days ago by Rhiannon Sian Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars some really brilliant recipes here -
I have found this to be one of Nigella's best cookbooks to date - there are some fantastic dishes in there - particularly the prawn pasta rosa, the beef tagliata and the lamb... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Marquis of Pembroke
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cook-book
I choose this book because I like to cook and I like a lot Nigellas TV shows and recipies.
The book is beautiful and in good size - the pictures are beautiflul and cooking... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Helga Baldvinsdottir
5.0 out of 5 stars food of the gods
really great recipes fantastic food even the picture will make you put on weight, not for dieters, the whole book is great
Published 1 month ago by adam mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
Tried my first recipe within a day of receiving the book. Simple meals with that extra "certain something". My other half was very impressed!
Published 1 month ago by M. Tucker
5.0 out of 5 stars great recipes in this one
I love this book, it has some great recipes and so far we haven't come across a bad one.
I love the italian chicken tray bake and also teh quick sausage meat balls, both these... Read more
Published 1 month ago by CARMEN
5.0 out of 5 stars bellissima!
Not disappointed with this gorgeous collection of recipes.
Look forward to trying them out soon.
Nigella always delivers the goods!
Published 1 month ago by A. L. Crompton
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply delicious
Recipes are easy to follow and the results are superb. Every meal I have cooked from this book has been a complete success. One of the best recipe books I have bought.
Published 2 months ago by Mr P T Sendall
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Fabulous book as always. Plenty to tempt you to experiment with.
Really like all her books and this us one of her best
Published 2 months ago by J. Weeks
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