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Real Food [Paperback]

Nigel Slater , Jonathan Lovekin
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‘Real Food’ is Nigel Slater's ground-breaking classic, a much-loved introduction to his inimitable easy style. Reissued alongside his forthcoming memoir, its focus is on the food that Nigel is passionate about, and these recipes are inspiring and accessible, ideal for the home cook.

Since it's publication in 1998, which tied in with his first TV series, stylish and innovative ‘Real Food’ has become the essential food book to have, both on the kitchen shelf and (qualified by his fanmail) on the bedside table. From sausages to ice cream, potatoes to garlic, the book covers Slater's indispensable signature dishes – the ones you wouldn't be without for love or money.

Based on Nigel Slater's absolute favourite food, whether it be The Stickiest Ever Chicken Wings or Baked Goat's Cheese and Pesto in Filo Pastry, Smoked Mackerel Dauphinoise or the classic Bacon Butty, this classic has gone a long way in at last creating a nation of food lovers. In typically unpretentious style, Nigel finds good things to make using mass produced white bread to the finest Italian loaves, or with standard English confectionery to real chocolate made from cocoa solids. These recipes are still up-to-the-minute, accessible and inspiring. With Nigel's unerring understanding of flavours, irresistible, simple recipes, and passionate lively writing, this attractive reissue edition proves that ‘REAL FOOD’ deserves its place on everyone's kitchen shelf.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; New Ed edition (2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841151440
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841151441
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 18.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,983 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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Observer columnist Nigel Slater has chosen his eight favourite foods and sculpted a sensational cookbook around them. And what are they? Potatoes, chicken, sausages, garlic, bread, cheese, ice-cream and chocolate.

For each of the eight he offers a selection of recipes, some from friends and colleagues, including Alastair Little, Rowley Leigh, Peter Gordon and Nigella Lawson. As he explains in the introduction, "By Real Food I mean big-flavoured, unpretentious cooking. Good ingredients made into something worth eating. Nothing fancy. Nothing extravagant. Nothing careless or slapdash. Just nice, uncomplicated food--be it chicken roasted with olive oil, lemon and basil or simply a big, fat mushroom baked in garlic butter and stuffed inside a soft bap." And that's pretty much what he's achieved, though he does let himself go on occasion with recipes like Deep-fried Ice Cream and Mincemeat Parcels.

The book is peppered with short essays on ingredients that bear Slater's trademark dry wit. He is definitely one of Britain's best food writers and his collaboration with photographer Jonathan Lovekin marks this book out from the crowd. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


'The greatest cookery writer of them all.' Guardian

'He is a genius.' Matthew Fort

'Nigel is a bloody genius.' Jamie Oliver

'No one writes more temptingly about food.' Independent

'My kitchen God.' Red

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84 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cookbook for the non-Atkins generation 24 Dec 2003
By L. Fry
I've had a copy of this book now for nearly 5 years and I think I must have tried 80% or so of the recipes. One thing that distinguishes this book from any other is the honesty of the narrative. Nigel Slater sounds like he wrote the book as he was actually doing the cooking itself, throwing ingredients into a pan with carefree aplomb.
All of the recipes are full-fat, no-mess good wholesome food. My particular favourite is dauphinoise (ie posh) potataoes with smoked haddock. An absolute joy of a side dish. Also try the fish with parmesan crust and Tom Yam Gai soup.
The only thing that it lacks is photographs. Sometimes you have to hope it looks like it should, and a few more photographs would help.
That aside, none of the meals have gone wrong and I use the book regularly, even now. Highly recommended.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
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Nigel Slater is a genius. His recipes are simple and easy to follow, with mouth-wateringly delicious results. I could not pick one favourite from this book, having tried more than half of the recipes therein, they're all just too good. But the very best part is that this is not just a recipe book, it's a damned good read, which brought more than one chuckle from my lips as I read from cover to cover within a day of receiving it. This man is passionate about's contagious!!!
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Food - No messing about 28 Feb 2006
By Angela
Nigel who???
That is what I thought to myself when I first began watching Nigel Slater on television. I may have never heard of the man before but it didn't take long to see why he deserved his own T.V. series. Mouthwatering dishes were produced one by one before my eyes in such a relaxed and easy manner that my arm positively ached due to constantly scribbling down the recipes. Enough is enough I decided, and instantly tracked down and purchased the 'Real Food' book.
Mr Slater writes very much as he speaks; he is obviously very passionate about food and yet with him there are no frills, no messing about, just great food. Truly great food!!
I absolutely love the pieces that he has written in amongst the recipes, where he talks about the various foods he has included, ranging from the chip butty (do not underestimate this) to 'garlic scallops' and way beyond.
I'm told by a friend (who is married to a french man) that cooking a camembert would be sacriledge to the French. What a challenge! I'd already tried Nigels recipe for 'Camembert baked in a box', and couldn't see how anyone could possibly dislike it. I persuaded my friend to surrender her Camembert in the name of science then set about preparing it a la Monsieur Slater. We all watched her husbands highly dubious face with great interest as we presented the dish as a starter to our meal. He tentatively dunked his first bit of bread into the bubbling oozing cheese, and gradually his expression turned from horror to confusion to thoughtfulness and finally to delight. He almost splintered the box trying to scrape the last dregs out of it and insisted I give him the recipe so he could try it out on his family!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Food. Nigel Slater 9 Aug 2010
There is something about Nigel Slater's writing that has a drool quality about it: it is simple yet decadent, naughty but nice.

In this offering, he centres his writings around a collection of key ingredients namely potatoes, chicken, sausages, garlic, bread, cheese, ice-cream and chocolate.
Clever man. He has hit our comfort hot spots with these fabulous foods and given us a range of dishes to showcase them at their best.

However, it is not all about the recipes when reading a Nigel Slater book. We are well used to the phrase "food writing" these days, and Nigel Slater has been a keen player of this genre for well over a decade. He provides a backdrop to each recipe with some thoughts, hints and ideas on the context of the food in question. He doesn't jump from one dish to the next without some form of linking of the text. It makes for a good read as well as a cookery aide. Double value for money in my opinion.

Yes, you do get the "how to" for Toad (in the hole), but you also get a mood feel for the food about to be served and its appropriateness for the time and place. You are left under no delusions that this is a simple supper dish and not posh nosh for dinner parties. It is never written, but always implied.

He does have the odd burst of directness, when extolling the delights of the Chip Butty for example.
He strongly recommends a certain state of inebriation melded with additional ice cold beer in order that this British institution may be enjoyed in a superlative manner.

Like many of his contemporaries, he is champions the heavyweights of each food he features. Quality and provenance are the paths to excellence in the recipes he provides.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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If you've seen Nigel on telly, don't be put off by his cheesy on-screen style and celebrity friends. His writing is wonderful. Fans of his column in The Observer will not be dissapointed - the characteristic passion he feels for what he's cooking is all here - from unctious-purple-satin aubergines to gooey bottom-of-pan left-overs.
The recipes are generally quick and simple and avoid the chemistry lesson approach so evident in many other books. Quantities are small so be prepared to do some multiplying if you're cooking a dinner party.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a cookery book - it is an interesting ...
Not just a cookery book - it is an interesting read as well. Have used a lot of these recipes. Delivered promptly
Published 12 days ago by Mary
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Published 29 days ago by Mrs Jane Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Real food for real people
Real Food is a very clear, very honest approach to making and eating good food. The author has a clear love of food and wants the reader to love it too. Good find.
Published 1 month ago by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars A must
Anyone who says they 'Dont/Cant cook' I direct immediately to Nigel Slater. He shows simple and honest food, but also teaches a little bit of the 'intuition' which is inherent in... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Chef Keene
1.0 out of 5 stars Filthy condition
Expecting another wonderful Slater collection.
Dust jacket torn. Bits of food, like sugar and mashed potatoes
in page folds. Read more
Published 3 months ago by bernadette watts
5.0 out of 5 stars Nigel Slater. End
Nigel Slater can do no wrong in my eyes. I love him and I love his books and I will buy all of them. Nigel if you ever read this please come round for dinner. :-) xx
Published 6 months ago by Mavis
5.0 out of 5 stars She who must be obeyed love's this guy's programmes
I like the programmes too. A request for a 'Cookbook by Nigel' was annotated on the beautifully produced Xmas list. So Fab Hubby that I am, I embarked on some research via Amazon. Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. F. Conybeare
5.0 out of 5 stars Great recipes
This was bought for my wife as a present. I can't cook but I have tasted the delicious meals that my wife has made using the recipes in Nigel's book!. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book and speedy delivery
We ordered this when we saw a copy on our son's kitchen shelf. It looks exactly as it says on the front.......... REAL FOOD! Can't wait to start producing some of these meals. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Milfoilman
5.0 out of 5 stars Super book
I had used this book at my daughter's house and decided to order it because I found it so interesting and the recipes both sensible and excellent. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. Carol Doyle
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