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The Kitchen Diaries II [Hardcover]

Nigel Slater
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13 Sep 2012

Includes recipes from BBC TV series Simple Suppers and Simple Cooking.

From Nigel Slater, one of our best-loved food writers, a beautiful and inspiring companion volume to his bestselling Kitchen Diaries.

"For years now I have kept notebooks, with scribbled shopping lists and early drafts of recipes in them. These notes form the basis of this second volume of The Kitchen Diaries. More than a diary, this is a collection of small kitchen celebrations, be it a casual, beer-fuelled supper of warm flatbreads with pieces of grilled lamb scattered with toasted pine kernels and blood-red pomegranate seeds or a quiet moment contemplating a bowl of soup and a loaf of bread."


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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; 1st edition (13 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007256035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007256037
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 5.1 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (422 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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 is a bloody genius' Jamie Oliver

'The greatest cookery writer of them all' Guardian

‘The best food writers combine beauty with practicality, and no one does it more elegantly than Nigel Slater’ Jane Shilling, Daily Mail – BOOKS OF THE YEAR

'The pick of the bunch…bubbling with ideas, suggestions, hints and personal opinions that genuinely help you to make your own mind up about how and what to cook' The Times

'He's a genius' Matthew Fort, Guardian

‘Slater remains the reigning champion, a writer incapable of uninspiring sentences' Daily Express

‘No one writes more temptingly about food' Independent

About the Author

Nigel Slater is the author of a collection of bestselling books and presenter of BBC 1's Simple Cooking. He has been food columnist for The Observer for twenty years. His books include the classics Appetite and The Kitchen Diaries and the critically acclaimed two-volume Tender. His award winning memoir Toast – the Story of a Boy's Hunger won six major awards and is now a BBC film starring Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie Highmore. His writing has won the National Book Awards, the Glenfiddich Trophy, the André Simon Memorial Prize and the British Biography of the Year. He was the winner of a Guild of Food Writers' Award for his BBC 1 series Simple Suppers.


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462 of 471 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gorgeous book 18 Sep 2012
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This is such a gorgeous book in so many ways.

First of all, it's a lovely object to own. It's a great thick book, with an expensive-looking binding and beautiful end-papers. The spine is cloth-bound; the front cover displays that distinctive, beautiful handwriting, and some ready-made stains - very considerate. The paper is good quality, and reasonably wipeable; I know - mine has already had raspberry juice spilt on it. The margins are generous, leaving enough space for one to scribble notes. The photographs are colourful and adequate; not oil-sprayed cookery-porn, but what you can expect your own dishes to look like. There is a luxurious French-mustard-yellow satin book mark, and the criticism of the paper-back "Kitchen Diaries I", that it won't lie flat on the counter, no longer applies.

Then, it's such a good read, even if you don't intend to cook. If you enjoy diaries, this is a good one. I like reading where Nigel Slater goes to buy cheese, what he's got growing in his vegetable patch and what he gets in for Christmas. I like to know what he cooks when he's feeling depressed, and that sometimes his fridge has too much slightly manky stuff in it, and that sometimes he doesn't feel like cooking at all. There is something very pleasant about reading in September about what he is making in February, (and of course there's also something very pleasant in reading about what he is cooking on the date when I'm reading). I find it comforting to know that he isn't always a domestic god. Speaking of which, he doesn't foist a persona on us as so many cookery writers do . . . ("God, I'm so sensuous," . . . "Golly, I'm so sensible"). He seems to be something of a mixed bag, like the rest of us, and he doesn't seem to think it's important.
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141 of 148 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Beautiful cookery book.... 27 Sep 2012
By M Rose
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this book expecting to read a few nice recipes and not much else BUT the I absolutely fell in love with the whole concept of this book along with all of the recipes. Simple food cooked well, food in season, making memories, nostalgia, beautiful photography and it actually reads like a diary. I also read the passage on blackberrying to my children (6 & 4) which they loved, we went blackberrying soon after and made one of the recipes which they adored, a memory which will I will keep forever. Its a romantic view on simple food, one to sit down at the table and try a few recipes with family and friends, this is how we should all eat....
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661 of 699 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent book from Mr Slater 17 Sep 2012
By Mrs. E. Preval TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This is another massive book by Nigel Slater (as big as Tender in its width) so prepare to make room in your bookcase for it. As with any Nigel Slater book it is a joy to read as well as to look at. I have yet to come across a recipe from him that fails to deliver and this book is up to the standard of his previous books. If you have them I would recommend adding this book to your collection. If you are new to Nigel Slater I would say that this would be an excellent place for you to start

I have listed all of the recipes from the book below. Hopefully this will help you to decide whether or not this is the book for you.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 3 Oct 2012
Format:Hardcover
I would have been perfectly happy to pay the full price for this book - it is a joy to behold. The artistic production of the book is exquisite and one knows that a lot of time has gone into writing it. As for the food, 'simple' would give the wrong impression. Wholesome, nutritious and a delight to eat might come a tad closer. Nigel's food is 'food for the people' in a way only he could present. He deserves the reviews he has received: the book is, undoubtedly, a British treasure.
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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars if I could only have one cook book... 5 Oct 2012
By rachel
Format:Hardcover
think the title says quite a lot, as I am a cookbook obsessive and really if I could only have one, I think it would be this one.
NIgel has a wonderful, chatty companionable writing style that makes you want to be in the kitchen as he potters about. I love that he is not dictatorial or bossy, he actively encourages experimentation and changes to his recipes based on taste, time and experience levels.
None of his recipes are overly complex but all taste amazing. His love for good food over fussy food makes his writing a genuine pleasure to spend a lot of time reading and it will be a lot of time, the book is huge!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best cook book
Love this man and can he cook have the first book as well just so simple and easy to follow
Published 1 day ago by Mr. S. F. Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book
What a beautiful book - it's the kind of book you can read without having to actually cook anything, everything is beautifully laid out and the recipes - well the ones I have tried... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Mrs. Jo Anne Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
As usual Nigel is brilliant foody and food writer,his very words make cooking exciting and you are left waiting to try recipes
Published 17 days ago by Margaret Cardow
5.0 out of 5 stars great recipes
Good recipes and ideas. I liked the first one so bought the second to go with it. I keep having a look for ideas to try on my family and friends.
Published 1 month ago by mrs middleman
5.0 out of 5 stars a lovely book!
I bought my first Nigel Slater cookbook many moons ago. This one is lovely both inside (the recipes) and out ( the cover and presentation). Highly recommended.
Published 1 month ago by Greenky
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
I already am a fan of Nigel Slater BBC' shows, so the quality of this book was no surprise for me. Plenty of pictures and amazing recipes, with great writing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Eduardo Oliveira
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a cookery book
Love reading through Nigel,Slaters books. start out looking for a recipe and finish up reading as a novel. Requested as part of Christmas present so very satisfied with my present! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs C E Peake
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Written Beautiful Book
Love the recipes...lots of ideas, some effective and simple. The book has a very user friendly feel and is a pleasure to handle.
Published 1 month ago by Mr Baggs
4.0 out of 5 stars I am a Nigel fan.
A super book, both the feel of the cover and the delicious recipes. I had this book already. Then bought this one for my daughter!
Published 2 months ago by Marit Mac
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Food Book
It is a good food book with plenty of exciting receipes but I would like to see a few colour pages
Published 2 months ago by michael j ratcliffe
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