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Excellent - particularly for hesitant cooks,
This review is from: Appetite: So What Do You Want to Eat Today? (Paperback)
I've been a big fan of Nigel Slater for some years, and tend to turn straight to his column when I pick up the Observer each Sunday. His immediate writing style and delicious ideas are a real inspiration, and this book would be an excellent start for a new cook.
Appetite goes further than his other books in encouraging people to _think_ about food, rather than simply repeat his ideas. He does this by concentrating on a limited framework of recipes and exploring them. There is also a great deal more commentary than in some of the earlier books.
So who would this suit? Having read it pretty much cover-to-cover (that's how absorbing his writing is!) I immediately thought of my younger brother, who is not a terribly experienced cook. It isn't as adventurous as "30-minute cook", but strikes me as a much more useful book than "Real food" (from which I have only cooked about one recipe so far).
Criticisms? Well, as usual, Nigel's ideas always seem to take longer for me to cook than he suggests, and there is a fair amount of butter sloshing around. But to expect to eat a full diet from one book would be completely contrary to the spirit of 'Appetite' which aims to liberate the cook from the tyranny of extensive recipes and 'must do' lists.
So - read the introduction, and if you can take the challenge you'll have a rewarding experience with 'Appetite'!