- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Chatto & Windus (1 Aug. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0701188642
- ISBN-13: 978-0701188641
- Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 1.7 x 24.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (438 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Nigellissima: Instant Italian Inspiration Paperback – 1 Aug 2013
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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!)
"In this new book she conjures up, with passionate relish, the warmth, simplicity and directness of Italian cooking, with an Anglo-twist" (Mrs D-Daily (Blog))
"We love Nigella for her infectious enthusiasm and her pure unadulterated joy in cooking and eating. This book made us ravenously hungry" (Jocelyn Doyle Easy Food)
"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)
Easy, Italian-inspired recipes from bestselling author Nigella Lawson -- now in paperback.See all Product Description
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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
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.Read more ›
There is plenty of pasta, for example mini macaroni cheese - not the usual recipe using a roux-based sauce, but a simple, quick & effective alternative. I really liked the tortelloni minestrone and the fettuccine with marsala, mushrooms & mascarpone. Other good dishes include farro risotto; lamb cutlets with mint, chilli & potatoes; lamb steaks with anchovies & thyme; pork loin with parma ham & oregano; monkfish wrapped in rosemary, lemon & parma ham; tempura prawns with an Italian twist and a tray bake of Italian sausages & chicken thighs.
There are some very nice side dishes too. I am not normally a fan of cabbage but the savoy cabbage dish with potatoes, fennel & taleggio (the cheese is optional) elevates a mundane vegetable. I tend to avoid Brussels sprouts too but there is a recipe which looks promising - the sprouts are roasted with rosemary and lemon, then sprinkled with pecorino cheese. The gnocchi gratin recipe produces a lovely, comforting dish that can be made quickly as it uses shop-bought chilled gnocchi, and the saffron orzotto (barley instead of rice in a risotto-type dish that can be made ahead) and the fabulous mock mash made with semolina rather than potatoes are excellent too.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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I made the hazelnut chocolate cheesecake at the weekend and the whole family loved it.Published 1 day ago by Janeen F.
Quality excellent , delivery exceeds expectations , price competitive . Excellent All round experience .Published 12 days ago by John D Anderson
Great book for the price - lots of straight forward delicious recipes.Published 12 days ago by Jan S
It's on the bookshelf and will be a great inspiration for future meals with family and friends. It may not be viewed on a daily basis but I like having a large choice of cookery... Read morePublished 2 months ago by GDC, Bristol