- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Fourth Estate; New Ed edition (25 Sept. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1841154709
- ISBN-13: 978-1841154701
- Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 3.1 x 24.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Appetite: So What Do You Want to Eat Today? Paperback – 25 Sep 2014
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What is there to say about a new Nigel Slater book? Especially one called Appetite. It is exactly what it should be. This is the book he has been heading for all along. It is about food, to be sure, but it is also a statement of his personal philosophy, which seems to amount to this: that our appetites are founded in pleasure; and that we must interrogate those pleasures, and take them very seriously indeed, if we are to eat as well as we can. To eat well means to eat, and cook, pleasurably. So in Appetite Slater takes food, and cooking, back to where he believes it belongs, back to the realm of sensuous pleasure and comfort. Back to the sheer bliss, as he might say, of putting something warm, soft and sticky in your mouth.
Very cleverly, he has built his book not around detailed recipes as such--that would be too specific for his purposes--but around the sort of thing that might pop into your head as something you would really like to eat. No one says "I fancy Shallow Fried Herring Milt with Sherry Vinegar, Parsley and Butter Sauce tonight"; but they might well think of a Creamy, Calming Pasta Dish, or a Big Fish Pie, or Bangers and Mash. They might like to know, too, some of the endless variations they can play on these platonic essences. These are the kinds of food this generous and handsome book celebrates; foods that have a genuine part to play in people's lives. This is quintessential Nigel Slater, laid-back, not claiming any special privilege as a chef ("If I can do it, so can you" he remarks); and all wrapped up in that wonderful, lived-in, squashy prose that hits the spot every time. A feast of a book, from a man with no tricks or gimmicks, who is happily in touch with his own appetites and wants to put us in touch with ours.--Robin Davidson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
‘He’s a genius, his food is scrummy and his voice more personal than usual.’ Guardian
‘Slater remains the reigning champion…‘Appetite’ is an instant classic. It’s comprehensive, inspirational and beautiful to look at.’ Daily Express
‘The total and utter must-have of the year.’ Rosie Kindersley
Praise for ‘Eat’:
‘Nothing was ever going to come close to Nigel Slater’s “Eat”. An instant classic’ Cookbook of the Year, The Times
‘This year’s smallest yet fullest cookbook is from Nigel Slater … ‘Eat’ reminds us that he remains the UK cookery writer who breaks new ground as regularly as a mole.’ Rose Prince, Daily Telegraph, ‘Books of the Year’
‘There’s nobody better than Nigel Slater at making cooking seem a relaxed, modest and wholly enjoyable affair … This chunky, easy-going book continues that approach in 400-plus pages which never run out of inspiration’ Daily MailSee all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
If you're looking for fancy, pretty food then this may not be up your street but if you are looking for sheer, animal satisfaction and food that hugs your soul then this is the book for you! I must admit, I am partial to a bit of both types but this is the book I come to time and time again, the one that is splattered with all sorts of sauces, ice creams and bits of pastry, and the one that has produced groans of pleasure from everyone from my boyfriend to my parents to my friends who happen to sample my cooking with Nigel's inspiration.
It's not a book with strict, precise recipes, Nigel encourages you to cook with a little of your own judgement and he does this in such an enthusiastic way that it makes it seem easy, and it is! I cannot say enough good things about this book and the only bad thing I can come up with is that the food in it is so good that you may pile on a few pounds, but you'll have such fun doing it it really is worth it!!
It is especially useful, if like me, you are a bit picky about your food. There are so many options for each of the recipes. It makes it easy to adapt to fit in with food foibles or store cupboard limitations.
Whatever you do though, don't ignore the first part of the book. This reference section is written with humour and a level of practicality that seems alien to so many food writers.
No shelf of cookery books is complete without this one.
Appetite goes further than his other books in encouraging people to _think_ about food, rather than simply repeat his ideas. He does this by concentrating on a limited framework of recipes and exploring them. There is also a great deal more commentary than in some of the earlier books.
So who would this suit? Having read it pretty much cover-to-cover (that's how absorbing his writing is!) I immediately thought of my younger brother, who is not a terribly experienced cook. It isn't as adventurous as "30-minute cook", but strikes me as a much more useful book than "Real food" (from which I have only cooked about one recipe so far).
Criticisms? Well, as usual, Nigel's ideas always seem to take longer for me to cook than he suggests, and there is a fair amount of butter sloshing around. But to expect to eat a full diet from one book would be completely contrary to the spirit of 'Appetite' which aims to liberate the cook from the tyranny of extensive recipes and 'must do' lists.
So - read the introduction, and if you can take the challenge you'll have a rewarding experience with 'Appetite'!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great books but...I love the way he writes and theses books are good but not as good as kitchen diaries... Read morePublished 5 months ago by S Brightling
Not as in love with this as I was with my first Nigel Slater book (Eat) but he is still my culinary god. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Susan Crompton
Out of the many cookery books that I own, Appetite stands alone in it,s presentation of food,the friendly realistic narrative, plus so much more. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mrs. Lesley Malton
This is a book I return to often. Nigel considers himself a cook, not a chef and this is exactly how the book feels - casual and irreverent about food, with minimal fuss about how... Read morePublished 6 months ago by G. Don Fielder
not sure about this. I enjoy watching Nigel Slater's TV programmes but this book just doesn't grab me in the way I expected it toPublished 11 months ago by John Ford
Bought this for my mum, who is a big Nigel fan, just as excellent as his other books, good for experience cooks like her and beginners like me.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer