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The Kitchen Diaries II Hardcover – 13 Sep 2012
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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
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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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The Kitchen Diaries is an artist at the peak of his craft. It is a book about the love of food, and the way that good food structures a life well lived. Each recipe is accompanied by a note on the time of year, or the celebration therein, or the changes in the garden or the season or the sky. Along with both volumes of Tender, it is a book I would try and save from a fire, thus indicating both my love for it and my complete lack of common sense.
In anticipation of the imminent arrival of Seville oranges I have been looking today at Nigel's marmalade recipe. It is different to my usual recipe but I am going to try his method this year. Picking another page at random, he describes walking to Bermondsey market on a Saturday morning in May where he finds young carrots which he prepares in a herb sauce. Just reading the words makes me long for the days when young carrots appear. I have also just read the recipe for spiced bread & butter pudding with fried bananas which I'll be cooking this evening to use up some left over bread and bananas. Then there is blackberry ice cream cake; broad bean, feta & spinach pie; mozzarella salad with tomato crumbs (a sort of pizza without the pastry base); orange & lemon parfait; passion fruit creams. It is a bit like being a child in a sweetshop working out what to try next.
There is something very comforting about Nigel's approach to food - good ingredients, simply cooked to bring out the best in their flavour. Just wonderful.
On the way home from work I always get that moment when all I want is for home to take over, by just popping in somewhere to buy one or two ingredients rather than the manic ‘buy it all’ anxiety has made me so happy.
So the plan is a courgette and vine tomatoes tonight. My darling dog in the shade in the garden and a glass of wine.
This is a really well put together book, nice and weighty and filled with delicious looking recipes, I'm thinking of buying a copy for my husband too! Also a great price for a book filled with so many great recipes! I definitely recommend this for your kitchen shelf!
All that said, I still think that Nigel Slater is one of the very best cookery authors and this book is still better than most authors' offerings.