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on 26 October 2006
I can't cook well, so when I try to use a book I appreciate a food writer who is clear and doesn't assume you have trained as a chef already. Nigella makes the grade spectacularly! Her commentary is also brill because she clearly adores sharing what she does.

It is designed with recipes covering loads of special occasions but I've tried a fair few without passing a single one on the calander, and they have all been delicious!

What is different to almost all of the 'tv chef' books I have seen is that the recipes contain simple easy to find ingrediants that you won't have to spend hours trudging round specialist shops to get. They all claim to do this, but really this is the best one I have seen for it. This is so valuable in a cookbook. Probably like most people who have a busy life, I only occasionally want to push the boat out and try something fancy, most of the time I just want something different. This has different, plus quick, plus easy and accessible... real recipes you can use in real life.

The home made custard creams recipe is brilliant - my friends thought I was bonkers making something readily available - and all went off wanting the recipe themselves!
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on 22 November 2004
This is a fascinating subject covered by a highly talented author and as such I can't help but feel that this book should be better than it is.
As Brand Nigella has gathered pace her books have increased in glossy photography including a few too many of the author. Despite Nigella's stunning good looks, I can't help but feel most cooks would trade the gloss for a bit more of her magical prose.
If you are new to this kind of cooking I think this is a worthwhile book which is simple to follow. If you have been cooking and reading about food for a good few years you will probably find much of the source material already on your book shelves. In addition, there are a lot of cake recipes and if you nod off while reading it you could wake up think you are reading Domestic Goddess. I don't deny that cakes are pretty central to feasts but as you turn the pages it can feel like a bit of extra padding between the covers.
That being said, it is a diverting read whilst sprawled on the sofa with a drink and has enough inspiring stuff to send you off for a potter around the kitchen.
Nigella's seminal work is, in my view 'How to Eat' and if you don't own it, buy it (no pictures at all though- one extreme to the other). Feast is less ground breaking but is still very good indeed.
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on 19 October 2015
The thought of catering on a larger scale can be daunting to the most experienced of cook. Planning all the courses and dishes to suit the occasion can be a complete nightmare. Thankfully Nigella comes to the rescue with the thought provoking ideas book – FEAST: Food that Celebrates Life

Food that celebrates life. Joyful meals to share with those you love, from big occasions to everyday pleasures. A feast for the eyes and the senses, Feast is a must for every kitchen, in the tradition of Nigella's classic How to Eat. Whether you're hosting Christmas dinner, planning a wedding or having a children's party, you'll find a deliciously simple recipe for any occasion. With warm and witty food writing, clear recipes and ingredients lists and a beautiful hardback design, this is a book you will treasure for many years as well as a delicious gift for friends and family.

One thing I've found with buying books online rather than a traditional bookshop is the lack of information regarding the recipes – unless you happen to be watching the TV series. Therefore potential purchasers may find the following information very useful.

The hardback book has 408 quality pages, split over main chapters:

THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS - Turkey and ham, mince pies and Christmas cake... and everything in between

NEW YEAR - Indulgent dinner menus for friends and family

MEATLESS FEASTS - Mouthwatering vegetarian recipes that everyone will love

VALENTINE'S DAY - Romantic dinner ideas for two

EASTER - Slow-cooked lamb, hot cross buns and indulgent baking

PASSOVER - Seder night suppers and feasts

BREAKFAST - Something delicious for everyone, from how to boil eggs to morning muffins

KITCHEN FEASTS - Everyday celebrations: suppers for friends and family meals

KIDDIE FEAST - Delicious recipes for kids

CHOCOLATE CAKE HALL OF FAME - A chocolate cake recipe for every occasion

EID - A fast-breaking curry banquet of Mughlai chicken curry, pheasant and lamb

ULTIMATE FEASTS - Roast chicken, homemade burgers, steak, apple pie and other home comforts

HALLOWEEN - Party food and spooky treats

ROSH HASHANAH - Food for sharing to celebrate the Jewish New Year

A VENETIAN FEAST - Glorious Italian recipes for the ultimate banquet

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS - Indulgent baking recipes for a happy Hannukah

PARTYTIME - Party food ideas that go beyond the sausage roll

MIDNIGHT FEAST - Deliciously easy recipes to satisfy those late-night cravings, from carbonara to alcoholic hot chocolate

WEDDING FEAST - Wedding ideas for the perfect banquet

So whatever type of 'FEAST' you are tasked with providing you will no doubt find the solution here to make the celebrations extra special!

Product Pro's:
- Book is well written. In the style that can only be Nigella.
- Pages are clean and uncluttered.
- Simple to follow instructions with every recipe and great illustrations.
Product Con's:
- None that I could find.
Summary: Nigella has produced an excellent 'ideas' book to make celebrations extra special!
Overall Rating: 5/5
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on 2 March 2007
Nigella's 'Feast' is an absolute essential to any kitchen regardless of whether you're a novice or a pro. What makes this book so great is that Nigella's recipes are written in a way that is clear and straight forward enough that it would be difficult to go wrong with them, yet at the same time she emphasises that a reader should feel free to adapt ingredients and measurements at your own will, meaning the more adventurous cook can be a bit creative! Nigella's obvious love for the food she is writing about and cooking makes it all the more appealing.

While the focus of 'Feast' is on festive food, it is also filled with some brilliant everyday recipes. I have made the 'chicken noodle soup' about ten times now and it is amazing and takes less than ten minutes!

So whether you want something a bit different on a week night or want to create something delicious and spectacular for a special occasion (or just a saturday!) then there will be something in this book for you.
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on 5 January 2008
You can really impress your friends and family with these recipes.
Everything is laid out into specific ocassions.
Instructions as straight forward and easy enough to follow.
You could spend an evening or two on the sofa browsing through the pages as there is a lot of little snipits of information.

No where near enough photos. I find these are normally what inspire me to chose a recipe or a least something to compare the finished result to.
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on 19 June 2014
My original copy of Feast is absolutely battered - the front and back covers are missing, the spine is ripped and the pages are splattered with chocolate and butter stains. It's the cookbook I turn to again and again - it is packed full of recipes that suit any occasion. For a very long time now I've been searching for another hardback copy of Feast to replace my very well used one and I was delighted to find a very reasonably priced second-hand copy in excellent condition.

Feast is beautifully presented, with gorgeous pictures and has clear, easy to follow recipes. I adore Nigella's written introduction at the beginning of each chapter. I never tire of reading it.

Here are just a few of my favourite recipes from Feast:

Chocolate fruit cake
Chocolate Guinness cake
Old fashioned chocolate cake - one of the best chocolate cakes I've made
Andy's Fairfield granola
Tagliata with rosemary and garlic potatoes
Passionfruit curd
Ritzy chicken nuggets
Rigatoni all forno
Chocolate cherry trifle

In my eyes Feast is a true classic. I wouldn't want to be without it.
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on 8 October 2004
What another fabulous book Nigella has produced. 'Feast' covers a variety of different events in life (Christmas, New Year, Easter, etc.) and gives a variety of mouth watering dishes for them all. A lot of thought has gone into this book. For example in the Christmas section not only do we have the traditional recipes for turkey et al but she also supplies suggestions for Christmas Eve (a meal that ends up being over looked most of the time) and suggestions of what to do with all those leftovers when you can't bear the thought of turkey anymore. Her chatty and encouraging writing style from her previous books is still very much in evidence here and instead of feeling instructed as you work through the recipes you feel as though your best friend has turned up and you are working through a bottle of red wine whilst creating in the kitchen. The recipes are easy to follow and the useful list of suppliers at the back makes it no chore to find any of the needed ingredients. A delight to cook from but also a true pleasure to read. Nigella's books should be on any aspiring cook's bookshelf.
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on 14 October 2004
A feast in itself, gorgeously produced as always. I like the way the content is arranged/themed - very successful. My gripe is as a reluctant fan of her cookbooks (she the celebrity irritates me enormously, but her books are very usable) is that if you own all her other books from How To Eat to Summer via all the degrees of goddess-dom, there is beginning to be rather too much repetition. I think this book would be a fantastic gift for someone who doesn't have all her other books, or who maybe only has the cake-heavy domestic goddess and has to explore her more savoury ways. If as I do, you have the rest there's not quite enough new material here to make this a worthwhile purchase.
Having griped, the quality of the book itself, judged in isolation is excellent. I do hope though that Nigella starts to explore some new culinary waters before producing any more titles. She should take a big, long holiday now!
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VINE VOICEon 13 March 2008
The downsides - the book's not very well organised. It's arranged by "feast themes" rather than something else. So it's all a bit haphazard. And she looks a bit mad in some of the photos - trying a bit too hard to smile at the camera. And that's it.

The upsides - well firstly, everything works. Everything. This is the first cookbook where we'd cook for other people a recipe we'd never tried before, because they all work. There's none of the nonsense of her latest TV show ("I always keep a bag of [insert the most obscure ingredient you can think of] in the freezer, you never know when it might come in useful") and just a load, a load, of really good, straightforward recipes. Some sound weird (Ham with Cherry Coke?) but they all work.

Highly, highly recommended.
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on 20 October 2004
I love Nigella's writing and this is another example. Her books are interesting, chatty and inviting. Moreover, they reassure not intimidate as some of the celebrity chefs do in their books - one look down the list of ingredients and methods and I just want to order take-out! I do own all her other books and I didn't really mind that a couple of the recipes were repeats of those in other books, the only little niggle is why are the recipes for so many people? How many of us really invite upwards of a dozen people for a meal?
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