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Nigella Bites: From Family Meals to Elegant Dinners -- Easy, Delectable Recipes For Any Occasion Hardcover – November 13, 2002
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Nigella Bites is divided into chapters that include "All-Day Breakfast," "Comfort Food," "TV Dinners," "Party Girl," "Rainy Days," "Trashy," "Legacy," "Suppertime," "Slow-Cooked Weekend," and "Templefood." "Templefood" refers to the "body as a temple," and Lawson shares what she calls "restorative" recipes, like the raw egg and brandy hangover cure called Prairie Oyster. Hot and Sour Soup and Gingery Hot Duck Salad are also present and accounted for.
It's all self-referential. Lawson (her chapter introductions are printed in 26-point type for the hard of seeing) holds nothing back about what she likes, how she overindulges, how she works her lifestyle into the kitchen and onto the table. It's encouragement by example, with a practical twist. You aren't going to spend hours in the kitchen midweek. That's a reward you save for the weekend. But there's plenty of deliciousness to be had midweek as well, and Lawson's there to help you along your way. --Schuyler Ingle
"Cooking with Nigella is a joy." -- Bookpage
"Her enthusiasm is infectious." -- New York Times Book Review
"The domestic goddess' recipes make eating as fun as it should be." -- Book Magazine
"easygoing comfort food." -- USA Today
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I've tried eight recipes so far (and have many more marked to try). Of those eight, I would say three were resounding successes: the icing for the chocolate fudge cake will be at the top of my list whenever I need an airy but flavorful frosting; the sweet corn pudding was very good; and the double potato and halloumi bake was delicious though I couldn't find the sheep's milk cheese required for two of the book's recipes, even at a gourmet cheese shop. Two recipes were servable if not very exciting. And three of the eight recipes did not work for me at all. My Mozzarella in Carrozza, for example, never resulted in a stretchy warm concoction that I could pull lustily from my teeth, my neck outstretched in voluptuous splendor, though I tried several times.
Three additional comments: Several of the recipes I tried benefited from the addition of spice. Secondly, recipes have been lazily retooled from the metric units originally used, so instructions often call for multiple multi-measurement ingredients -- 1 cup + 2 T flour, 1/4 cup + 1 t sugar, etc etc.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love Nigella's recipes. You can always depend on them. From this book I regularly do the Lemon Risotto and Orange Breakfast Muffins (and the Ham in coca cola really does work!). Read morePublished 7 months ago by Fiona
Not ever been disappointed with any of Nigella's recipes. I like that she is not a "chef" and very much an everyday cook, who not only likes to make meals, but also enjoys... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent product. Good and practice for cooking! It's a beautiful book.Published 16 months ago by LUIS BELLORIN
The recipes are secondary to me. I enjoyed reading her descriptions of the recipes. The way Nigella constructs a sentence tickles my funny bone.Published 20 months ago by Ann Stern
Love Love this cook book. She is so good. i loved making several things from this cook book. The BestPublished 20 months ago by patty deak
This cookbook got me hooked on Nigella's recipes. She is really great and has a way of making everything sound so good! Really great writer and cook. Read morePublished on December 28, 2013 by Stacy Johnson
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
Has all the little but simple things you would like to be able to cook. Her books are a delight just to read.Published on September 21, 2013 by janet
This book was one of a series of her books we acquired, love them all, it's Nigella what's not to love?Published on July 14, 2013 by philip ford