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Real Cooking [Paperback]

Nigel Slater
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30 Sep 1999
Award winning writer Nigel Slater has gathered together a superb collection of recipes that warm, satisfy and please. "Real Cooking" is not about fancy stocks, sauces and spun sugar baskets, but understanding the little things that can turn a simple supper into something sublime. "This is real cooking. The roast potato that sticks to the roasting tin; the crouton from the salad that has soaked up the mustardy dressing - these are the things that make something worth eating. And worth cooking." - Nigel Slater.


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (30 Sep 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140252770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140252774
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 18.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 470,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nigel Slater is one of Britain's most highly regarded food writers. His beautifully written prose, warm personality and unpretentious, easy-to-follow recipes have won him a huge following. He writes an award winning weekly column in the 'Observer' and edits their 'Food Monthly' supplement, and he is a regular contributor to Sainsbury's 'The Magazine'.

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Nigel Slater is the god of sticky things. He loves bones you can gnaw, the crispy bits from the bottom of the roasting pan, squishy things to eat on crusty bread with juices dribbling down your chin. Unctuousness. This is the man who made greed sexy. His cooking is determinedly domestic, to be consumed alone, or as an intimate supper with a loved one (in Slater's case, it seems, often the cat), occasionally rising to the heights of an informal dinner party. Within these self-imposed bounds, he's unbeatable. In Real Cooking he continues the campaign he began with Real Food, the essence of which is that a baked potato can, if prepared with love and attention, be as satisfying as any more elaborate confection. Real Cooking represents something of a broadening of scope, though, with the emphasis firmly turned to the cooking process:
Real cooking is about making ourselves something to eat that involves a bit of simple roasting, grilling or frying. Nothing complicated. Nothing that is not within the grasp of a novice cook. But it is cooking, rather than opening a packet or a tin.
So he has put together a wide-ranging collection of straightforward but unfailingly seductive recipes that anyone could manage, set about with the familiar reassuring, no-nonsense Slater commentary. He makes everything sound delicious. Where to start in illustrating this? At random: "Grilled Mackerel with Sherry Vinegar", "Creamed Oyster Toasts", "Herbed Roast Chicken" (with wonderful before and after photographs), "Pasta with Spicy Sausage and Mustard", "Roast Spiced Aubergines", "Lemon Surprise Pudding". The great thing about this book is that it's just the thing to give to someone who lacks confidence in the kitchen; but it's also a terrifically handy compendium for a cook looking for simple but tasty ideas. --Robin Davidson

About the Author

Nigel Slater is the author of Real Fast Food, Real Fast Puddings, The 30-Minute Cook, Real Food, Appetite and The Kitchen Diaries. Real Fast Food was shortlisted for the Andre Simon Award while The 30-Minute Cook was nominated for both the Glenfiddich and Julia Child Awards. In 1995 he won the Glenfiddich Trophy and he has twice won the Cookery Writer of the Year Award as well as being named Media Personality of the Year in the 1996 Good Food Awards. He is the Observer's food writer and he writes a monthly column for Observer Food Monthly. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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90 of 91 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
'Real Cooking' is a wonderful book - a much more rounded introduction to all sorts of cooking than 'Real Food'. The recipes are written in an interesting and amusing way, and are endlessly useful. Some are long and involved and others very quick and easy. I recommend the Moroccan Lamb Stew very highly and the chicken recipes are all fantastic. Buy this instead (or as well as) Real Food. Both are good, but this, I think, is better.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Cookbook 14 Sep 2009
Format:Paperback
Nigel can seemingly do no wrong. His is not the world of Blumenthal-style wizardry, but that of food that anyone can cook. And should cook. Often. If I'm in the mood for cooking, it is to this or the excellent Kitchen Diaries, also by Nigel, that I turn. The ingredients lists are no longer than they should be; he writes lucidly, entertainingly and informatively; the food is delicious. I have made a fair few of his recipes now, and I've not been disappointed.

Unlike some cookbooks, these recipes are all tried-and-tested (never understood that figure of speech - are not they one and the same thing?). It is all food that he cooks at home. Not to say that this is simple, inoffensive food. His blue cheese risotto was comforting yet intriguing to the palate. A lentil soup with mushroom and lemon was moreish and exciting, probably not easy to pull off with lentils. Can't wait to try one of his curries (inauthentic by his own admission, but as he says, who cares? It is how the thing tastes that we care about).

This book is not filled with pictures of Nigel. You may or may not know what he looks like. He cares not. The pictures are of him cooking the recipes you read in the book, in his kitchen, with his own pots and pans. And it works wonderfully.

Celeb-chef cookbooks are fine, but if you wanted to learn to cook for yourself, or if you wanted a cookbook that you could happily cook from, at no great cost, every day of the week, it is to Nigel that you would turn. Food writing as it should be.
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91 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book 15 Mar 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is the type of book that is just right for the home cook. How to make tasty food without the fuss and with readily available ingredients. Many of the recipes are just ideal for making when you come home from work. If you want to cook like meals like Gary Rhodes don't buy this, if you want to have a selection of recipes some of which will become your favorites then buy this and get a copy of The River Cottage Meat Book at the same time.

So why 4 stars not 5 stars, well if you are beef lover you going to be disappointed that no beef recipes make an appearance.
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84 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!! 16 Nov 2000
Format:Paperback
My favourite non-fiction book of all time. Used as much to simply sit and read as a cook book. For everyone who got fed-up with the Masterchef approach (you know, everything piled up in a neat tower in the middle of the plate)this is a must-read. Nigel is obviously in love with food and cooking to him is only a means to an end. The photography here is a revelation also - it shows cooking as it really is, unlike the faked stuff in most cook books. Nigel is a genius and the best "celebrity" chef around today!!
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a recipe book that actually gets used 11 Oct 2006
By Cloud 9
Format:Paperback
This is a great read, Nigel clearly has a passion for making good things to eat. I bought this book as most of the recipes are for 1 or 2 people, unlike most recipe books which seem to think we all have families of 6-8 nowadays. My main reason for writing the review is that Nigel inspired me to roast my first chicken (I'm 35)which turned out to be easy, yummy and made me feel very clever as I was able to make sandwiches and soup out of the leftovers like my Mum. Most of the recipes I've used are uncomplicated and rewarding, the easiest being dipping a leftover sausage into a jar of mustard, very happy-making.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly real cooking 19 Jan 2010
By Alien
Format:Paperback
I bought this book for my son-inlaw when we visited just before Christmas, he cooked from it whilst we were staying and I started browsing. I ended up buying the book for myself and my husband cooked a superb piece of pork. I only started looking at Nigel Slater's books after watching his TV series Simple Suppers and it was my type of cooking. Having to avoid dairy products we've managed to adapt the recipes with cheese etc in and they do work. Not fussy, straightforward and delicious recipes. A good cook book and used more than many others I own.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great food, lovely words 17 Mar 2009
Format:Paperback
These recipes are not fine dining. They are real meals. Perfect for weekday dinners with the family and really good hearty food for weekend suppers with friends. Minimum fuss, maximum reward. Upon receiving the book I found myself reading it like a novel - the writing style is lovely and really makes the mouth water, so much so I have been cooking from it at least 3 times a week - meals that in other cook books I would probably pass over leap off the page and beg me to try them! I was particularly happy finding the ideas on what to do with leftover roast chicken... maybe pretty obvious, but really - left over roast chicken with smoked bacon, shallots and toast anyone? YumYum!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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I adore Nigel Slater, not only does he write very readable books but an added bonus, his recipes are absolutely foolproof, demonstrating how easy it is to prepare delicious nutritious food without breaking the bank. I first discovered Nigel's 'Real Fast Food' 10+ years ago. Many cookbooks later, I've yet to find a duff recipe. All of his books are brilliant, but this is the one I use most, it has a good range of recipes that satisfy both me (mostly veggie)and my (confirmed carnivore) hubby. Tonight we had the mushroom and spinach lasagne - scrummy!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Indulge and enjoy!!
An inspiring cook for us mere mortals. Indulge and enjoy!!
Published 11 days ago by Miss e
2.0 out of 5 stars not easy to use while cooking
Paperback, not easy to use while cooking. Recipes ok
Published 27 days ago by Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars cookery book
Bought as a present for friends we stayed with, the husband of whom is an avid cook. Went down very well and we hope to taste the recipes next visit.
Published 2 months ago by Evelyn Stewart
4.0 out of 5 stars Unpretentious and simple food -a bit too simple?
I was a little disappointed with some of the recipes in the book. Some seem really obvious and simple: plain old' roast chicken, really? Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lili
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
If you don't own this recipe book get it! Nigel Slater is a saint. Inspiring and straightforward, no need for expensive and odd ingredients.
Published 4 months ago by Miss R
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book!
Good recepies helps you to expand your knowledge on what flavours go with others so you can make your own
Published 4 months ago by Janice Game
5.0 out of 5 stars Nigel Slater
I can read this man's cookbook's like books. I love Nigel Slater and all he does. Nigel please come round for dinner :-) xx
Published 5 months ago by Mavis
4.0 out of 5 stars Nigel Slater Cookery Book
It is a Christmas present. I thought it was very good, clear and concise - hopefully the recipient will also like it.
Published 7 months ago by Nerina
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice book
Bought for a girlfriend who is a big fan of Nigel Slater. Book came quickly. So far she has enjoyed using it and I have enjoyed the end products created from it ;)
Published 7 months ago by Numptyfish
5.0 out of 5 stars real cooking
good condition as described lovely recipes can,t wait to try some but my friend borrowed it as it had a recipe she wanted to make
Published 8 months ago by bitzy
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