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The Kitchen Diaries
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2005
Absolutely beautiful book with fantastic pictures. A really good layout and contains some really excellent recipes that are for every day and special occasions. A very enjoyable read.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 2 November 2008
Some years ago, I gave up buying cookbooks. I had shelves of them, and as friend said to me recently, '"People only ever get round to making five recipes from every new cookbook they buy.'"
But a few months ago, feeling the urge for something new, I treated myself to Kitchen Diaries. Now, even if you didn't make a single dish from it, Nigel Slater is a great writer and this is going to be one of the great foodie classics. You can settle down on the sofa with Nigel like you settle down with Elizabeth David.
But I'm finding that I'm using this book to cook with three or four times a week. These are great, practical, seasonal, cheap, easy delicious things to cook every day. Tonight, it was sausages and squash (must have taken all of five minutes to prepare). Chicken wings the other night cost about 80p a head with a beansprout salad. I am a very ordinary cook and every single thing has turned out not only well, but looking like it does in the picture!
I used to be a fan of the ever-reliable Delia but she seems a bit old-fashioned now - and I went right off her with her last deeply-cynical cheat's book, which has ******-all to do with cooking, it's just reassembled processed food to profit the food industry (and, of course Delia! I mean, do you really think she eats all that packet stuff herself!)
Most of all, what I like about Nigel is that it really comes across that he likes eating (something old prissy-knickers Delia never conveyed!)
My only quibble from a practical point of view is that the paperback edition of Kitchen Diaries (don't know about the hardback) is almost impossible to keep open when you're working from it.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on 23 November 2005
The Kitchen Diaries is the sort of book that you can dip into and out of with ease, use as a standard cookbook, or read cover to cover as a manifesto to good eating. Mr Slater's publisher put the immodest sticker of "Britain's favorite cookery writer" on my copy, of which I was highly sceptical (this being my first book by Mr. Slater) until I read the book, and I am now a complete convert!
Any way you look at it, it is a triumph of cookery writing. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 February 2012
This book evokes the TV programmes by Nigel Slater and is extremely interesting both to read and to follow as a cook book.
Favourite recipes with a new twist and some I've never heard from. It makes you wish you could spend a day with Nigel in his kitchen and garden. Well worth the money.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 13 April 2007
Part biography, part lifestyle tome, part recipe book, somehow, out of this tangle of concepts, a gem has emerged. The prose offers insights into the way NS thinks, following on from his autobiography "Toast", and is written in such an engaging and thoughtful way that it is almost enough to buy this book on the writing alone. Almost. The rest of the reason for a justified recommendation is for the recipe ideas. Unusually, these are actually the dishes that Nigel served up for himself and his visitors, rather than being carefully crafted, food-porn visuals, dinner party fayre. The simplicity and purity of flavour that most encompass is inspirational, the food is firmly rooted in the seasons, and provides a handy hints source if you are suddenly called upon to knock up a quick dinner for guests. It is just a shame that one of the most usable cook-books (in every sense) isn't easier to keep open on the kitchen counter top!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 May 2013
I absolutely loved this book! I downloaded it to my kindle today not knowing what to expect but having enjoyed watching Nigel on the TV.

I have read the whole thing cover to cover today. It is beautifully written by some one who clearly loves food and delights in quality ingredients. Although there are plenty of inspiring recipes this book is not a cookery book....Much more a lifestyle book. Who could fail to be inspired by the attitude to of Nigel.
So refreshing not to be the usual Cheffy type but someone who takes great pleasure in growing food and providing friends with such superb hospitality.

It has truly been a revelation and I am now going to look at what else he has written.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Don't be put off by the sheer size of this cookbook--almost 400 pages. And if you're looking for the "quick-and-easy" method, this might not be for you. If you want quick, try "Delia's How to Cheat" book which I use quite often. However, when I want to make something for friends or really have a good meal, I turn to THE KITCHEN DIARIES. You won't find a better compilation of recipes and they're not all with ingredients that you can't find either.

But the most amazing thing about this book is the "seasonal" aspect it has--the fact that certain foods should be enjoyed at certain times. The weather and holidays play an intricate part in THE KITCHEN DIARIES and what you should be eating. Highly structured and with some real punch, this is THE cookbook you should have on your shelf. As with all cookbooks, there's a litle more than just the recipe--you know, the "where it came from" type of information or some biographical info. I was reminded of a book I recently came across that poked fun at all cookbooks and at the same time was a great novel wrapped around the actual cookbook---Barring Some Unforeseen Accident---a very funny book, especially if you collect cookbooks. Other than that, I'd recommend "Eating For England."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 November 2014
A friend gave us Vol 2 of The Kitchen Diaries and it has some wonderful, relatively simple, recipes in it all based on a "what have you got in the fridge / cupboard?" theme. Saw this, Vol 1, at a reasonable price and bought it. Not disappointed; interesting to browse for ideas and written in such a way that browsing it is easy - as the title suggests, it's a diary, basically.

It'd be a great gift for a foodie who has the usual array of index-driven cookbooks. They'll love it for content, style, writing and photography. If you watch Slater's TV programmes, you'll know what to expect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 November 2011
A Beautiful book to read, with simply delicious recipes. I am a vegetarian and there were loads of adaptable recipes. Ingredients are not obscure either.
Mr Slater is a genius. I will definitely invest in more of his books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 December 2012
Brought this for my brother, what a beautifully well presentented book. Some nice recipes. Would recommend. i will be borrowing my brothers book.
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