Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home Hardcover – 2 Sep 2010
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"It's another blockbuster with a wide range of hearty and wholesome family recipes... Nice touches are notes on preparing ahead, freezing and in some cases advice on how to turn leftovers into salads and soups" (Daily Express)
Expansive, practical, delicious - the cookery book of the year offers feel-good food for cooks and eaters, with a wealth of photographs from the instructive to the glorious, and accompanied by a major BBC TV series.See all Product description
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So far we have tried about 30 of the dishes and loved them all - they are straight forward, little fuss and great for during the week. It provides endless inspiration! There is a great mix of weekday and weekend treats and eats, both sweet and savoury.
The crustless pizza is regularly made, so is the frittata, we adore the marmalade cake, oh and the cherry and coconut loaf is one of my most popular bakes. The mixed meat pilaf is excellent for clearing the fridge, pasta alla Genovese is a perfect summer evenings meal.
One of my favourite Nigella books!
Having said that, when this book arrived I needn't have worried because although there were some unusual things in here that dont appeal to me, there is plenty that does. There are some really mouth watering recipes. As well as ideas for meals (which i think the tv show concentrates on alot), there are some good solid baking recipes as well; like Apple and Cinnamon muffins. Lots for meat eaters and also for vegetarians like myself. There is even a blackberry vodka! So there is something for everyone and lots of enthusiastic, intelligent writing from Nigella and some great photos that make you want to try the dishes.
A great addition for any cook and Nigella fans wont be disappointed.
This is my first "Nigella book" and I found that it has a good balance between very quick simple recipes and more glamorous offerings if and when you want to be more adventurous. I have tried quite a few of the recipes and been impressed with the results. e.g. Chocolate Banana muffins were divine and so easy; Tarragon Chicken - very tasty with so little effort (and with a small number of ingredients); Salmon with Cous Cous - also a great quick meal.
The book is more in tune with real life than many others - not everyone can or wants to spend hours in the kitchen, nor does everyone have access to handy delicatessens to source critical ingredients. So for those cooks who like to have more of a challenge, other books will probably suit much better.
'Kitchen' is written in Nigella's usual quirky style - I admit to having only ever watched any of Nigella's TV programmes for comedy value - inspired no doubt by Harry Hill who gave me my first introduction to Nigella on his TV Burp! Her esoteric chatty style makes for a much better read than the usual cookery book. Despite the lightness of tone the book delivers well on content e.g. there is a section on kitchen equipment with an interesting commentary on what is worth having (and better still what is not). Nigella also squeezes in helpful tips throughout e.g. using vermouth in recipes as an alternative to opening wine - an excellent idea...much more likely to find some in the bottle for the next recipe.
On a practical note the book has a lovely red ribbon bookmark - so useful yet I am fairly sure none of my other cookery books have one. There is also a good index so it is easy to find recipes (I have not quite worked out exactly how the book is structured, but to be fair I haven't really tried). Also useful is that with each recipe Nigella will give a suggestion of what to serve the dish with.
All in all, if you want a source for a batch of interesting and handy recipes to expand your culinary repertoire 'Nigella's Kitchen' is probably a good choice. At the very worst you will be equipped with a selection of interesting phrases to charm/surprise/shock your eating companions.