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My first Nigella won't be my last - love it!,
This review is from: Nigellissima: Instant Italian Inspiration (Hardcover)
Nigellissima was a belated birthday present and not something I'd have chosen for myself however; my initial impression is that it's a nice mix of inspiration and challenge.
The concept for the book is basically Nigella's Italian heritage, her passion for the culture and her love of the whole family "togetherness" ideal. Much of the food is best described as heart warming (steaming bowls of pasta, coffee based sweets, olive oil and gelato) and there's plenty that you'll already be familiar with such as lasagne and spaghetti. Don't be put off if you're not an experienced cook, there are some decent suggestions for family meals that aren't too difficult to follow. We particularly enjoy the "Quick Calabrian Lasagne" as a weekday meal. It's not only easy but relatively cheap to make and extremely tasty.
Not everything's simple. Some of this food is highly complex requiring many ingredients and different processes such as the the liqourice pudding, which I found far too heavy and sweet, however; the Limoncellow White Chocolate Sauce sits well with any ice cream or citrus Pavlova.
If you're not too experienced in the kitchen then it's a good idea to ensure you can source the ingredients "before" you decide to cook. You're going to need a local deli, and/or supermarket, and much of this food doesn't come cheap if you're on a budget. You're also going to need a well stocked kitchen in terms of your pots, pans, gadgets and other utensils for some of the recipes which isn't a negative but; have a look around your kitchen first and make sure you've got everything you need.
As with all good quality cookery books this one is beautifully presented and intelligently written with superb photography. If you're a serious Nigella fan then you'll expect this book to be packed with as much Nigella as food, it's true, she's here in all of her glory but; it suits the concept.
This is my first Nigella cookery book. It won't be my last.
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Initial post: 15 Sep 2012 22:10:51 BDT
C. M. Dunne says:
If you think the book is just o.k and have so many negative comments about the number of pans needed etc then why give it 5 stars??
Posted on 15 Sep 2012 22:11:14 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 16 Sep 2012 13:26:10 BDT
Why on earth would you think I'd made a negative comment? Why is it negative to advice people that they'll need to have the right kinds of pots and pans to make the most of these recipes? I haven't made one negative comment in this review, just helpful comments and I'm more than happy to give it 5*. Hope that helps.
Posted on 22 Sep 2012 10:09:34 BDT
Vivian Darkbloom says:
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Sep 2012 14:00:13 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 Sep 2012 21:46:08 BDT
I'll happily change the word "OK" if that helps.
Posted on 21 Oct 2012 19:48:31 BDT
Been thinking of buying Nigellisima I know what you're saying I spent ages online looking for San Marzano italian tomatoes in a can then came across a link to for cornishfoodmarket.co.uk the was an associated link to the book so persevere if you car'n't find in your supermarket see If Manager available and ask if they are going to stock ingredients, sourcing the ingredients is all part of the pleasure makes the hard work worth it when it turns out fabulous!! Nigella from little seeds !! so great I watched the" Who do you think you are program" researching her family, so interesting her upbringing spent the weekend researching Bracoile is it in the book by any chance? Im very much an Authentic recipe person so I take on board foodie comments but lots of people haven't had any experience of Italian Cooking as you get more experienced then you can source more complex receipes Just one problem my granddauther has forbidden me to BUY another cookery book as she had to stack them all when shelf collapsed Oh!!!!!!!!!!! bless her the equipment is so important,and a good pantry stocked Tip.... so you dont have everything rolling out of cupboards when looking for spices etc... Buy brown paper bags you can get size to fit shelves Type ie' Italian on bag with marker and put all that type of ingredients in the bag then you just pull out bag!! no chasing jars around units or worst still breaking all over floor Everything in my cupboards is organised this way Thia, Morocan etc... Everyone have fun cooking the receipe's
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