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Gorgeous recipes and a kind and simple year
on 10 October 2017
My favourite time in the kitchen growing up was when my mum would open a Nigel Slater cookbook (Real Cooking). As she cooked from it, I would endlessly slide it across the counter and read each page lovingly, dipping into a world of scrubbed-clean kitchens and perfect winter meals, seasonal ingredients and the joys of leftovers. My love of the book totally unmarred by how often my mum had to snatch it from me to read the next step in the recipe she was following, I have amassed quite a collection of his book.
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.