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Nigella Lawson
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1 Aug 2013

Like the Italian cooking from which it takes its inspiration, Nigellissima is a celebration of food that is fresh, tasty and unpretentious. Nigella serves up 120 irresistible 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 these delicious dishes - from telephone-cord pasta with Sicilian pesto to quick Calabrian lasagne, from Sardinian couscous to Venetian stew, 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 mouth-watering 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 she conjures up, with passionate relish, the warmth, the simplicity and the directness of Italian cooking with an Anglo-twist. Illustrated with gorgeous photographs to instruct and delight, Nigellissima shows how we can all bring the spirit of Italy into our kitchens and onto the plate, pronto.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus (1 Aug 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0701188642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701188641
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 21.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (299 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,146 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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Easy, Italian-inspired recipes from bestselling author Nigella Lawson -- now in paperback.

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80 of 84 people found the following review helpful
By purpleheart TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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52 of 57 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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109 of 123 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Its okay a trifle overhyped 13 May 2013
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My other half likes the style and clear and concise recipes easy to follow minimum of fuss and great results.

I personally think the book is more media centric than foodie centric and a trifle overhyped for what it is.
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the book arrived the very next morning - Sunday - marvelous, it was a gift for my brother to take back to Canada with him.
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Published 4 days ago by Stephen Woollaston
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Nigella
I'm love Nigella's cookbooks because they're idiot proof for people like me who love to cook, but aren't gifted enough to just whip something amazing together from whatever is... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nigellissima: Instant Italian Inspiration
Great recipes, going through and trying most of them.
Published 12 days ago by Mrs. Rosemary A. Pearce
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book of fabulous recipes
A great book of fabulous recipes. Bought another copy for a friend for her birthday when she asked me for the recipe for a dish I served at a dinner party.
Published 14 days ago by Ms S G Harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars ve several of Nigella's books but this is definitely my favourite one.
I,ve several of Nigella's books but this is definitely my favourite one.
Published 14 days ago by Lysbeth M Cooter
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book. Just been told to stop eating so ...
Beautiful book.
Just been told to stop eating so much pasta.
Published 19 days ago by lensman39
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Published 25 days ago by Mrs J A Moremon
5.0 out of 5 stars Good food, easy preparation
I was very impressed with the recipes in this book. Instructions are very clear and do not need complicated or exotic ingredients which are hard to find and then lounge in the... Read more
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