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Friday, November 5, 2010

Cookbook Review - Nigella Kitchen Recipes From The Heart Of The Home, By Nigella Lawson

I recently received a copy of Nigella Kitchen Recipes From The Heart Of The Home, By Nigella Lawson. You know her from The Food Network.
This is a great cookbook. And hefty in size. Lots of recipes and tips. Just look at the chapters:
Kitchen Caboodle - The items and equipment that make my life easier.
Kitchen Confidential - Tips, shortcuts, and habits either inherited or acquired during the course of my cooking life.
Part I: Kitchen Quandaries
What's For Supper? -Favorite family go-tos to fend off that day-in, day-out feeling.
Hurry Up! I'm Hungry! - Dinner on the double for those days when it feels like there's scarcely time to cook.
Easy Does It - How it's possible to feed friends when you're frantic without losing your temper or your sanity.
Cook It Better - Recipes that make the most of what's in the kitchen, or how to gratify good sense and greed at the same time.
My Sweet Solution - Desserts that save the day.
Off The Cuff - Pantry suppers and feasts from the fruits of the fridge-freezer.
Part II: Kitchen Comforts
Chicken And It's Place In My Kitchen - My mother's legacy and the taste of home.
A Dream Of Hearth And Home - Shaking off the all-too-familiar workday frenzy with a spot of weekend baking, or how to find that warm glow and swallow it.
At My Table - Or how I found culinary contentment by banishing the dinner party from my life so that I could enjoy both the company and the cooking.
The Solace Of Stirring - The risotto route to relaxation.
The Bone Collection - The stuff I really sink by teeth into, or delights for the die-hard carnivore.
Kitchen Pickings - What I give people to eat when I don't want to make a meal of it, with easy cocktails and party food for those who cannot contemplate a canape.
The Cook's Cure For Sunday-Night-Itis - Cozily substantial suppers that provide support and succor, or how the foods of yesterday can make tomorrow feel more manageable.

This cookbook is full of color photographs for nearly every recipe.

Want to zip up your Ramen noodles? Check out page 82 for Vietnamese Pork Noodle Soup.

Some recipes that I'm looking forward to trying:
Spanish Chicken With Chorizo and Potatoes, page 100
Chocolate Banana Muffins, page 138
Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding, page 142
South Indian Vegetable Curry, page 154
Indian Roasted Potatoes, page 206
Sweet Potato Supper, page 340
Nigella Lawson is doing book signings in November. To find the information on a book signing near you, click here. (For my Chicagoland blog pallies, there are book signings in Oakbrook, Chicago and Winnetka, beginning on November 9th.)

About the Author:
Nigella Lawson, food enthusiast, television personality and journalist, is the bestselling author of eight books: Nigella Express: Good Food Fast, Feast: Food to Celebrate Life, Nigella Fresh, Nigella Bites, How to Be a Domestic Goddess, How to Eat, which have sold in excess of 6 million copies worldwide, and Nigella Christmas: Food Family Friends Festivities. Her groundbreaking iPhone App debuted in April 2010 and her new book, NIGELLA KITCHEN Recipes From the Heart of the Home, which accompanies her television series of the same name seen on Food Network, is a return to her signature focus on feel-good food for the way we eat today, published by Hyperion in October 2010.

Nigella’s 2005 book Feast: Food to Celebrate Life inspired Nigella Feasts, which debuted on Food Network in fall 2006. The Domestic Goddess returned in her second Food Network series, Nigella Express, launched in fall 2007 in conjunction with the release of Nigella Express. American audiences also know Nigella as host of Forever Summer with Nigella, her popular cooking/lifestyle series that aired on Style, and Nigella Bites, which aired on E! Entertainment Television and Style.

In July 2003, Nigella launched Nigella Lawson’s Living Kitchen, a range of kitchen items designed in collaboration with Sebastian Conran, to widespread acclaim in the U.S.

Nigella was Deputy Literary Editor of The Sunday Times before pursuing a successful freelance career. She has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers, including The Sunday Times, Evening Standard, Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Observer, Times Magazine and in the U.S. for Gourmet and Bon Appétit magazines. She originated the restaurant column in The SpectatorBritish Vogue for several years. Nigella also wrote a bi-monthly food column for The New York Times Dining In, Dining Out section.

Hailed as Author of the Year by the 2001 British Book Awards, Nigella was also named Bon Appétit magazine’s 2002 "Tastemaker of the Year." How to Eat was honored as the 1998 British Books Awards Illustrated Book of the Year, while How to Be a Domestic Goddess was named Cookery Book of the Year by the Guild of Food Writers in 2001. Nigella Bites received the WH Smith Book Awards 2002 Lifestyle Book of the Year, with the cooking series based on the book winning the Gold Ladle for Best Television Food Show from the World Food Media Awards in 2001.

In 1992, Nigella married the journalist and broadcaster John Diamond. John was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1997 and died in 2001. They had two children together, Cosima and Bruno. Nigella remarried in 2003 and lives in London with husband, Charles Saatchi, and her children.

Lola's Diner Disclaimer: I was given this novel to review. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this book review.

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