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Nigellissima Hardcover – September 13, 2012
Cooking in the New Year
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I normally would not leave a review for a cookbook which I've made only one recipe for, but I made an exception for two reasons: 1) I see no other reviewer has yet to list all the recipes 2) I have flagged so many recipes for this cookbook that I want to try so I thought this book warranted it.Read more ›
Nigella describes the book as "instant Italian inspiration" and it does follow her premise that good food is worth quality time, but not so much of it that you forget to enjoy the dinner party (or just family dinner) you put together. It's not all 30-minute-meals, but there is a sense of you having OTHER things to do besides spend the day in the kitchen.
There are long-ish chapters devoted to pasta; flesh, fish & fowl; vegetables & sides; sweet things; and an Italian-inspired Christmas (which could be called ..."or other holiday meal"). So far, I've made three dishes. "Meatza" is a no-bread-dough pizza. It's basically ground beef as the crust (think: very thin meatloaf) with pizza toppings piled on top: tomato sauce, mozzarella, fresh basil. That worked fine for a midweek meal, and I bet it'd be a hit in any household with picky eaters. I also made a dinner of her pork chops with fennel seeds and allspice (which is just as good as it sounds) accompanied by spinach baked with ricotta and nutmeg (which was truly yummy, as well as super-easy). I have my eye on several other recipes, such as Taliata for Two (steak with cherry tomatoes and an oil-vinegar-chili sauce) and roast butternut squash with sage (with a bit of Gorgonzola, she says, it's suitable as a main course rather than a side dish, particularly when served with her Italian golden lentils... though I'm not sure I have seen Castlluccio lentils here in the U.S.).Read more ›
The pasta section alone would make this book a keeper. The Pasta with Zucchini reads really simple on the page, but the taste is out of this world! We wolf that one down at least once a week. The Chocolate Olive Oil Cake has become my go to cake for entertaining. It is dead easy to make, but it has such a beautiful texture and real depth of flavor. Meatzza is a firm favorite with the kids and so is the Pasta Risotto with Peas and Pancetta. TheItalian Roast Chicken with eitehr the Saffron Orzotto or the Gnocchi Gratin is the perfect show stopper for entertaining. Other favorites include: Sicilian Past with Tomatoes,Garlic,and Almonds, Yellow Spaghetti, Quick Calabrian Lasgana,Farro Risotto, Spaghettini with Lemon and Garlic Breadcrumbs, Tortelloni Minestrone, Spaghetti with Tuna, Lemon and Arugula, Tagliata for Two, Iced Berries with White Chocolate Sauce, Vanilla Mousse with Berries and Pistachios, No Churn Coffee Ice Cream, Yogurt Pot Cake, Apricot and Almond Crostata, Panettone Stuffing Squares, Cinnamon Almond Cake, and No Churn Chestnut Ice Cream. I know this looks like a huge list, but it is an honest account of all the things we have made and enjoyed multiple times.Read more ›
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Food from Italy Nigella's way, warm and delishes, though need to confess I buy her books for her writing rather than cooking, I do cook from her books but I just love her words and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by avid reader
That missing star is for poaching eggs in a can of tomatoes poured in a cast iron skillet (Eggs in Purgatory, page 260). Read morePublished 12 months ago by Karin B.
Delicious and doable, imaginative yet not extreme. Italian with a twist. Great instructions and beautiful pictures.Published 12 months ago by P. P. Nunez
Enjoyed the videos and had to have the cookbook! Super simple and easy to prepare recipes! My kind of cooking in every way!Published 13 months ago by Michel Underwood
Nigella Lawson is a favorite of mine...I can't always find the ingredients she calls for, but she encourages improvisation, and I love that! Read morePublished 15 months ago by Candace J. Charters