Setting the warm, relaxed tone befitting the season, U.K. food goddess Lawson (Nigella Bites) presents her newest volume as an ode to summer, to freshness, and, in gray weather, to a time to "conjure up the sun, some light, a lazy feeling of having all the wide-skied time in the world to sit back and eat warmly with friends." Befitting a book of simply prepared summer dishes, Lawson takes her inspiration from such warm climes as southern Europe, the Middle East and southeast Asia. For starters, Lawson offers Grilled Eggplant with Feta, Mint and Chilli, where the ingredients are rolled inside the thinly sliced eggplant, and then moves on to Flatbread Pizzas, whose dough is made with za'atar, a mixture of thyme, sumac and sesame. Her pastas and salads are innovative and wonderfully fresh, such as Linguine with Chilli, Crab and Watercress; Watermelon, Feta and Black Olive Salad; or Shrimp and Black Rice Salad with Vietnamese Dressing. Main courses include Keralan Fish Curry with Lemon Rice, as well as Porchetta, which is chopped pork shoulder cooked with fennel, garlic and rosemary and sandwiched within a ciabatta roll. Winding down the meal, Lawson serves such cooling fare as Figs for a Thousand and One Nights, which are broiled and then pulled open until they look like "young birds squawking to be fed worms by their mommy" before they are drizzled with rose water, orange water and sugar. As viewers of her shows will notice, the book's photos-of both Nigella and the food-are just as cool and luscious as the recipes themselves.
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This is a very enticing cookbook, and although it says summer in the title, it has many recipes that can evoke summer even in the depths of winter (and winter here this year has... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Cissa
I think this is one of Nigella's more overlooked volumes. It is full of fresh tasting easily followed recipes, that are workable across all four seasons, not just Summer. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love Nigella, and this is one of the best books in my opinion she's ever written. I can't wait to make every single recipe in the book, and that's saying a lot. Read morePublished 9 months ago by A. Gibb
Unlike my Patisserie book which arrived perfectly, this one had brown folded pages due to shelf misplacement and this is unacceptable in my cooking books. Read morePublished 20 months ago by MC
I have purchase 3 other books by Nigella, and I can't complain. There are others but she has a presentation that makes you feel that all the recipes can be achived with out worry. Read morePublished 22 months ago by me
recipe Chocolate Raspberry Pavlova. She has this show called
Forever Summer in colors of foods "Red"
I would recommend this. Read more
Excellent and inspiring recipes, all of them exactly like you would expect from Nigella.
I think the pictures should appear bigger, taking advantage of the display's quality. Read more
Another Nigella hit, her recipes are useful, her prose entertaining and delightful. Easy to follow, particularly if you have watched her on the show.Published on August 20, 2013 by Kathleen Meehan