- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Chatto & Windus; Reprint edition (2 Sept. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0701169117
- ISBN-13: 978-0701169114
- Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 3.3 x 24.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
How to Eat: The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food Paperback – 2 Sep 1999
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Nigella Lawson has long been among the most realistic as well as the most readable of writers on food. Her description of a three-star dinner really is a good second best to actually eating it yourself. But equally she knows the inestimable value of a bacon sandwich on sliced white. This wonderful book combines both of these talents as she sets out on the ambitious task to impart no less than "the Pleasures and Principles of Good Food". The book is neatly divided into categories--cooking in advance, weekend lunch, low fat and so on--each with its own passionate and intelligent introductory essay. The recipes are straightforwardly presented and the occasional school-mistress tone--"you must keep your stock in the freezer", "I loathe the acrid dustiness of standard-issue sherry"--is always justified by its implication of an entirely proper seriousness and her endless common sense. But most of all Lawson is a greedy eater who knows about food and can write like an angel. "I hate the new-age voodoo about eating", she declares. "The notion that foods are either harmful or healing, that a good diet makes you a good person". Hurrah! How to Eat is the perfect book for anyone who knows that food is more than fuel. --Nick Wroe
"Nigella Lawson is one of the best and most influential of British food writers ... The staple cookbook for a whole generation" (Ruth Rogers, co-author of The River Café Cookbook)
"My kitchen bible to this day... You made me realise that every meal is a celebration. You didn’t teach me how to cook. You taught me how to eat." (Nigel Slater Observer)
"How to eat, how to cook, how to write: I want two copies of this book, one to reference in the kitchen and one to read in bed." (Yotam Ottolenghi)
"A classic of the genre: a book that easily gathers both experiences and novice cooks under its wing, with something to teach them all, and a witty confiding manner as it does so. Frankly, no kitchen is complete without." (The Irish Independent)
"How to Eat may just be the best cookery book ever" (Daily Telegraph)
Top Customer Reviews
Nigella writes here as though she is actually with you (nice thought!) it is her talking you through the preperation and cooking techniques in good old plain english. There are no lovely foodie pics in here but passionate descriptions as only Nigella can let roll off her tongue. She's not afraid of food either, plenty of butter, cream, cheeese to go around and she likes a beer according to some of the recipies, good stuff indeed. Put it this way. . .out of 474 pages there is a section called Low Fat of some 37-ish pages! My kind of food :)
There's something for everyone, covering all the seasons and mealtimes- breakfast, lunch and dinner (tea oop north!) and supper, snacks and anything inbetween as there always is in our house! We eat meals between meals without ruining our appetites!
I love the wording of the meals such as "Camp, but only slightly, dinner for 6" or "Summer dinner with Wintery possibilites for 8", brilliant! I know a few lads for the camp option. Oof!
Some dishes I like personally that have gone down well would be. . .
Lemon ice cream (no fancy pants ice cream maker required)
Proust's Madeleines (you'll need Madeleine tins of course)
Sunday night chicken noodle
She covers all the basics too, such as making stock and salad dressings, flavouring oil, making mayonnaise, custard and of course there is a basic white loaf recipie at the beginning.Read more ›
And when I first flicked through the book I was worried... no images, or at least no food images(!). Recipes in book are sometimes broken up with a random image of a rolling pin or a random ingredient, but I really thought I was going to hate this book (have uploaded a couple of images so you can see how typical pages look).
Thinking I had made a mistake (and wishing I had clicked Amazon's `look inside' before buying) I started to read the book anyway... and turned out to be very pleasantly surprised.
`How to Eat' is less your traditional recipe book of instructions accompanied with images, it is much more like listening to a friend tell you how to do a recipe.
Indeed the book is very conversational and contains all the information and advice you could wish for; my wife likened it to her mum telling her how to do a recipe over the phone and I think this analogy is very appropriate.
The book contains over 350 recipes, with the premise of them all being uncomplicated and delicious. And to date I would concur.Read more ›
I find that Nigella's recipes and narrative style invites and encourages you to improvise and experiment. She appears to recommend feeling, tasting and touching the food, making it all a very sensual experience.
Nigella's recipes are simple and inspirational. She does not claim to be a culinary perfectionist and neither does she expect you to be one. This book does not make you feel guilty for not making your own stock. I use Nigella's recipes as a guide, following every ingredient if I can, but not sweating over it if I can't.
I just have one complaint about this book - no pictures. But hey, nobody's perfect!
Just thought I'd post a warning.....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's been around a while but is for us easily the best Nigella book.Published 4 months ago by Charles Pooter
Love this book, a lot of people find the title patronizing but I think it's very smart! It is an education in eating brilliant meals for all occasion. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I would have liked glossy photo's in this book, being a very visually motivated person however while reading through, I can 'hear' Nigella speaking to me, this is another exciting... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I just love this book. It is an absolute pleasure to read. Why have I only just bought it after it has been available for 20 years? Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Disappointing - I have been ordering 2nd hand copies of cookbooks all in perfect conditionn - this was supposed to be a new one which sadly had a crushed corner where it must have... Read morePublished 5 months ago by pgtips
The best cookery book I have and this one in excellent condition.Published 10 months ago by robert francis