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Back on track!
17 November 2017
Let me say up front that I have a sweet spot for Nigella, ever since receiving Domestic Goddess quite some years ago as a present. Lately, however, I’ve not been blown away by her recent cookbooks and so it was with some trepidation that I bought this one.
My first thoughts were that this is not a particularly well-organised book. It’s not broken into chapters at all, but it does, more or less, run along the standard lines of breakfast, lunch, dinner, puddings, cakes and drinks. Aside from this niggle, however, I love it! Nigella’s writing is always entertaining, and it’s a book I love just dipping into, as well as cooking from. The anecdotes and tips on most recipes are useful, informative and often amusing. Her cooking instructions are, as you would expect, simple and straightforward and designed to gently improve your cooking skills. My favourite dishes so far are Radiatori with Sausage and Saffron (no, I couldn’t find radiatori, but fusilli worked just fine) and the perfectly simple Cumberland Sausages with Apples and Onions. And I’m about to dust off my spiralizer to try out Subverting The Spiralizer aka shoestring fries! As for puddings, I will say that Queen of Puddings is just fantastic. I also have many more of the recipes in this book marked to try, which is always a good sign.
Most recipes come with make ahead / store information (although strangely in a notes section at the back of the book, rather than with the recipe) and the index, usefully, has colour coding for Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free and Gluten-free recipes. Initially, I was going to give this book 4 stars due to the slightly odd organisation, but that would be churlish as I’ve been really enjoying it, so 5 stars it is!