Sunday, 4 January 2015

Choice Books - Food: Nigella Lawson - How to Eat


I can't believe this book is 17 years old this year. When I was planning regular slots for the blog this year - I really wanted to keep talking about my favourite books - this was the first one that popped into my head. Easily, with no competition, the most dog-eared, filled-with-splashes cookbook that I own. And I own a lot.

Filled with simple, clear, funny instructions and food that you would actually eat, her 'basics' section alone spans 80 pages and is enough to get even the most novice of cooks started.

Nigella's tone is so warm and honest that you really feel she A: cares about your results and B; is in the kitchen with you.

there are over 350 recipes in this but I want to give a particular shout-out to the 'Babies and Small Children' section which lists everything from weaning to the 'mashing everything in sight' stage - to smaller children and even covers birthday parties. It saw me through a lot of trying times with fussy small people.

A woman after my own heart. Brilliant.

Nigella Lawson 'How to Eat' is around £13.00 and available from all the usual booksellers. Her website has further info and is an Aladdin's Cave for foodies: www.nigella.com

29 comments:

  1. Classic. I love when she talks about giving her kids smoked salmon and how other parents are horrified by it, as if she's forcing them to wear tutus and speak French. (I also lived on her trout and lemon peas suggestion for kids for many a year.) Just a superb book, one to take to bed and read like a good novel (as I find all her books).

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    1. Indeed. I love taking cookbooks to bed - Mr H thinks I'm mad.

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  2. The Yorkshire puds recipe comes out from this every sunday dinner :-) and the Carbonara is the best ever! I love this book!

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  3. An absolute favourite of mine. I turn to it repeatedly (and to all her other books, too) - this is where I come for fairy cakes, Victoria sponge and a dozen other regulars. Brilliant. And you're so right about the tone of voice being so warm and friendly. I'm such a Nigella fangirl… :-)

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    1. Me too. I got very excited when she said 'Thank you' on twitter!

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  4. So many of Nigella ' s recipes make their way into a recurring menu. Ham in cherry cola with creamed spinach. A match made in heaven!

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  5. I love Nigella and this book is one of the staples in my cookbook collection, along with How To Be A Domestic Goddess. All her recipes are so personal and beautifully written. She's definitely my girl crush!

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    1. I have all of them but this is by far my most-read!

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  6. Finally got my own copy of this for Christmas having stolen my mothers far too many times! The book helped me a few years ago when I was rather unwell and food wasn't exactly my friend, and I truly believed this was what kickstarted my passion for food and cooking. I love how this is like a story book, no pictures and just pure words, but interesting words and stories about food.

    She's So Lucy xx

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  7. That small children section might come in need very soon over here.

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  8. I have a very well splashed copy of this too and adore the babies & small children section. I totally agree with her principles on feeding children and have learned so much from this book. I also agree with the above comment about the carbonara - best ever!

    rachael | madeupoflittlethings.com

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    1. Hi Rachel,

      I really want a carbonara now!

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  9. Bought on amazon just as I read your review. Cant wait to read!

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  10. I used to have this book and then for some reason went through a stage of getting rid of a load of cookery books to charity and now I really wish this one hadn't been gotten rid of. I will have to see if I can get a copy from a charity shop.

    Cxx

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  11. I love Nigella's way of writing, you feel like she's there with you and I have How to be a domestic goddess which I use a lot, but this may have to be my next cookery book purchase.

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  12. I'm a big fan of Nigella x
    http://my--socalledlife.blogspot.com.es/

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  13. Your review sounds really good, this is going on my must buy list!

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  14. Oh Nigella Lawson! My girl crush!!

    SamanthaSeries.blogspot.ca

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  15. Love this book, often used the babies and small children chapter when my boys were small.

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