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The many fans of Lawson’s television shows will welcome this newest entry in the ever-growing series of cookbooks the ingenious and pneumatic kitchen diva has produced. Lawson is at home with any number of different cuisines, including Japanese, Italian, South African, Mexican, Australian, Thai, Korean, and her own native British cookery. In the last category she presents a spatchcocked Cornish game hen and intense gingerbread enriched with Guinness stout. She favors hearty meats such as lamb shanks and ham hocks. And she has special affection for dishes that one can easily serve at parties, ennobling even humble “pigs in blankets” with some decidedly sophisticated puff pastry. Recipes emphasize meticulous preparation and freshness of ingredients. The book includes a series of useful kitchen tips that Lawson has collected over the years. They range from tea-stain removal to easy pasta measuring. Occasional Briticisms may puzzle American readers, but they are far from insurmountable. --Mark Knoblauch


An Edmonton Journal Favourite Cookbook of the Year
An NPR Cookbook of the Year
Shortlisted for the Galaxy National Book Awards – Tesco Food & Drink Book of the Year

 “Lawson lets us feel good about how we cook as well as what we eat. . . . [Kitchen] reminds us of the pleasures to be found in the warmest room in the house.”
The Gazette
“Nigella Lawson tips her tines to the traditional rhythms of a home’s hub and haven.”
Chicago Tribune
“Whether you’re preparing dinner for the family or guests, you’ll find plenty of options that are simple to make and a feast for the eyes.”
Library Journal (starred review)
“The recipes are reassuringly solid, enticing and, crucially, just that bit less excessive. . . . [Lawson] has acquired a rebellious appeal.”
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books; 1st Us Edition edition (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401323952
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401323950
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Nigella Lawson is the British bestselling author of Nigella Express: Good Food Fast, Feast: Food to Celebrate Life, Forever Summer, Nigella Bites, How to Be a Domestic Goddess, and How to Eat, which have sold in excess of 5 million copies worldwide. Her 2005 book Feast: Food to Celebrate Life inspired 'Nigella Feasts,' which debuted on Food Network in fall 2006. The Domestic Goddess is back 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.

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Ordinarily I control my cookbook urges. With a collection of cookbooks that has overrun the available shelf space (cookbooks squished sideways on top of others, some spilling onto the floor, others taking over bookshelves originally allocated to "travel" or "history"), I. must. control. myself. I force myself to take a cookbook out of the library first, to ensure that I want to actually cook from it more than once. If a cookbook survives three recipes, I give myself permission to purchase it.

Not Nigella's. The moment I saw this book was on sale, I pre-ordered it. Doing so was the right decision.

Unlike some of her recent cookbooks, about Feasts or Christmas or Cooking Good Food, Fast, this has less of a specific theme except maybe "comfort food meets your real-life frenetic schedule." The first half of the book, called Kitchen Quandaries, leans toward serving your "dinner in 30 minutes" needs, with chapters like "Hurry up, I'm hungry" and "Off the cuff" (pantry suppers). The second, Kitchen Comforts, is full of recipes for when you're in the mood to chop and stir, segmented into chapters including "The solace of stirring" and "the bone collection."

Her recipes do not disappoint. (Well, they almost never DO disappoint, which is why I could order this book with such confidence.) So far, I've made two meals, both from the fast-food side of the book.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Joanne on November 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am one of those cookbook collectors who, like another reviewer, is a bit obsessed and running out of shelf more than ever a cookbook must earn its keep to stay--and this one qualifies. It also happens to be my first Nigella book, altho' I bought her Christmas book last year for someone as a gift. I am so glad I bought this cookbook to call my own. It is awesome. The size alone is massive, probably the thickest cookbook I own. Not only is it impressive in size but in the contents and useful information as well. Other reviewers have already mentioned the highlights, many of which I also would have listed--so I will just say, "ditto" on all counts from me too!

Her personality definitely shines thru the pages, so I don't know what another reviewer means when she says it doesn't...not so at all. There are so many passages of her 'talking' on the page to the reader, that I am making a mental note to go back and read it all when I have time, b/c the number of recipes are calling to me right now. But what I have read tells me I like her gutsy and authentic style. For instance, I chuckled today while reading the recipe I made tonight, African Drumsticks; on the top of page where it gives the number of servings it will make, it says: "Serves 4-8 (depending on age and appetite)." Boy, do I know EXACTLY what THAT means. Don't we all? Yet nobody ever says it, except Nigella! Let's get real...and Nigella is! They were tasty and fast & easy to make; and I'm a bit ashamed to admit, ten drumsticks fed LESS than four adults here! She also had a footnote that freezing the chicken in a ziplock with the marinade keeps for three months. I would never have thought to do that.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Newton on November 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Nigella Lawson's eighth book features 190 amazing recipes. 60 of these scrumptious recipes are even able to be cooked in 30 minutes or less. The "domestic goddess" writes in a way to capture your attention and actually makes you want to try all of these delectable recipes.

Nigella Lawson's new book, Nigella Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home includes fun information on Nigella's kitchen, and how to turn everyday ingredients into an amazing meal. I personally loved reading about how some of her "Hall of Shame" kitchen gadgets didn't work out for her either. I mean really, who needs all of the gadgets in the kitchen department anyways?

Some of my favorites included in this cookbook:
* African Drumsticks
* Chicken Tortillas
* Coconut Rice
* Curly Pasta with Feta, Spinach and Pine Nuts
* Flourless Chocolate Lime Cake with Margarita Cream (gluten free!)
* Indian Roasted Potatoes
* Parsley Pesto
* Quick Chick Caesar
* Sweet and Sour Chicken
* Venetian Carrot Cake (gluten free!)

Overall, I think that this is a great cookbook for all levels of cooks. It has many different types of recipes and is very easy to read and follow. What more can you ask for in a cookbook?

Thank you to the publisher of Nigella Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home, Hyperion Books, for providing me with a copy for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Peterson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 6, 2010
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Nigella Lawson writers some very nice cookbooks! I have used a number of recipes from her "Nigella Express" and found them quite tempting. Here is a new cookbook from her kitchen. She notes the point of this specific work (Page xix): "The life of a kitchen takes in many moods and many meals. The recipes in this book try to reflect and, more, to celebrate that fact. . . [T]his one is based on the premise that the kitchen is an enduring place of comfort and that the food which comes out of it provides essential sustenance not just for body, but for soul, too."

The book begins with something like "Kitchen Confidential," as Lawson lays out her choices for tools in the kitchen (forget cast iron skillets--too much hassle and too heavy, even though they are glorious instruments of cooking), gadgets (like a slow cooker), shortcuts (e.g., boiling water or how to keep onions from browning).

Part I focuses on recipes related to "Kitchen Quandaries." Recipes abound here, with those catching my fancy including "Crisp chicken cutlets with salad on the side, "Barbecued ground beef, "Chicken teriyaki, "Egg and bacon salad," "Tarragon chicken," "Lone linguini with white truffle oil," "Indian rubbed lamb chops," "Chicken with Greek herb sauce," "Minestrone soup," "South Indian vegetable curry," and "Pasta with pancetta (what a glorious element in cooking!), parsley, and peppers."

Next, a section on "Kitchen Comforts." Among these that intrigue me: "Date steak" (with brown sugar, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, soy sauce, red currant jelly, gingerroot, tomato paste, garlic flavored oil, top loin strip steaks), "Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic" (a tasty dish indeed!), "Saffron risotto" (I enjoy a good risotto!), "Patara lamb shanks," "Greek lamb chops with lemon and potato," and "Pork and apple hotpot" (hotpots are pretty cool dishes).

A nice addition to Nigella Lawson's body of work!
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