As with all Nigel Slater's books, Real Good Food is more than just a collection of great recipes; it is a delight to read as Nigel's personality, humour and joy in cooking really great food shines through. This book contains some great ideas for both the novice and experienced cook and shows what good British cooking is all about. There are some international recipes, but the focus is definitely on British food, including some long forgotten, but scrumptious dishes like Pan Haggerty. Although it has recipes to suit all seasons, it excels in the kind of food that cheers a miserable winter's day. Many recipes have a concise number of ingredients, take less time to cook than a frozen lasagne and taste how food is meant to be. Satisfying and flavoursome while earning the cook an accolade or two. I have a dog eared copy of this book from its first publishing. Since then I have given copies to friends of all ages, some of whom are cooking for the first time, others with years of experience. His techniques and tips are great, and I feel inspired to cook by flicking through the pages, even after the busiest day. While some of the recipes might not be exactly slimming, they are definitely worth the calories, particularly the Tarte Tatin of Caramelised Onions, Sausage dishes and the wonderful Baked Sea Bream with Fennel & White Wine. If you are looking for fusion food, or complicated recipes, this is not for you. If you are looking for food that is both satisfying to cook and eat, you'll love it.
Picked up a virtually unused copy in a charity shop. This is a collection of Nige's Observer columns from the early '90s.
Like Simon Hopkinson's "Roast Chicken ...." this is arranged into short chapters by key ingredients, techniques etc ... a mixed bag from asparagus through filo pastry to winter puddings ... a little anecdote and three or four recipes for each.
Absolutely brilliant for the glut of produce from the garden or allotment, or the supermarket special offer.