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
About the Author
Nigel Slater is the author of a collection of bestselling books and presenter of BBC 1's Simple Cooking. He has been food columnist for The Observer for twenty years. His books include the classics Appetite and The Kitchen Diaries and the critically acclaimed two-volume Tender. His award winning memoir Toast – the Story of a Boy's Hunger won six major awards and is now a BBC film starring Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie Highmore. His writing has won the National Book Awards, the Glenfiddich Trophy, the André Simon Memorial Prize and the British Biography of the Year. He was the winner of a Guild of Food Writers' Award for his BBC 1 series Simple Suppers.
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First of all, it's a lovely object to own. It's a great thick book, with an expensive-looking binding and beautiful end-papers. The spine is cloth-bound; the front cover displays that distinctive, beautiful handwriting, and some ready-made stains - very considerate. The paper is good quality, and reasonably wipeable; I know - mine has already had raspberry juice spilt on it. The margins are generous, leaving enough space for one to scribble notes. The photographs are colourful and adequate; not oil-sprayed cookery-porn, but what you can expect your own dishes to look like. There is a luxurious French-mustard-yellow satin book mark, and the criticism of the paper-back "Kitchen Diaries I", that it won't lie flat on the counter, no longer applies.
Then, it's such a good read, even if you don't intend to cook. If you enjoy diaries, this is a good one. I like reading where Nigel Slater goes to buy cheese, what he's got growing in his vegetable patch and what he gets in for Christmas. I like to know what he cooks when he's feeling depressed, and that sometimes his fridge has too much slightly manky stuff in it, and that sometimes he doesn't feel like cooking at all. There is something very pleasant about reading in September about what he is making in February, (and of course there's also something very pleasant in reading about what he is cooking on the date when I'm reading). I find it comforting to know that he isn't always a domestic god. Speaking of which, he doesn't foist a persona on us as so many cookery writers do . . . ("God, I'm so sensuous," . . . "Golly, I'm so sensible"). He seems to be something of a mixed bag, like the rest of us, and he doesn't seem to think it's important.Read more ›
I have listed all of the recipes from the book below. Hopefully this will help you to decide whether or not this is the book for you.Read more ›
Yes, I did! I had a look through a friend's copy and succumbed. Nigel Slater always has something new and interesting to say.
Trying to define why I like his books so much has made me think about attitudes to food and cooking. There are a lot of cookery programmes on the box and loads of books by celebrity chefs, but still very few British people cook their own food, preferring ready-meals, and I think it is because the idea of cooking is mostly recipe led and this can seem both too prescriptive and difficult.
Nigel Slater's philosophy is:
What have I got in the cupboard, garden, local shop that tastes good?
What can I do with it?
His books are full of ideas about what you can do with ingredients. This means that you can learn from his books and start to play with ingredients yourself rather than being reliant on somebody else's recipes. It means that you can look at the contents of your fridge and larder with confidence knowing that you will be able to produce something, not only edible, but delicious. The index for ingredients is excellent.
Again, stating the obvious, because it is a diary the recipes are seasonal. So look at today's date. What's Nigel cooking?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this as a gift for my brother in law who is a huge fan of Nigel Slater and enjoys cooking, the book was extremely well received and I got to pick out which recipe my... Read morePublished 20 days ago by daisys mum
I love this book beyond anything else in my cookery collection. It's like a love song to food - written so beautifully yet simply. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Barbara Brown
Excellent cookery book yet again have a few Nigel Slater cookbooks all are highly recommended.Published 4 months ago by suezieq
A delightful book and ties in with the 3 DVD;s I have Actually a joy just to read as well as the recipesPublished 4 months ago by Jilly