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Take a peek into the kitchen scribblings of prolific British food memoirist and BBC cook Nigel Slater (Toast, and others) in his latest collection of monthly musings about his kitchen and gardens. The book contains 250 recipes and a new set of kitchen diaries—journals and jottings collected over years of culinary reflection and cooking. With ingredients arranged by month and season, the book provides a glimpse into what's behind the joy of simple food. In January, post-mistletoe and champagne hoopla, Slater turns to inventive breads-and-soup pairings, like cider loaf and bacon with a celery root soup; March offers a stir-fry of greens and mushrooms; May arrives with a warm tart of crab and tarragon in creamy Dijon sauce; and autumn months feature leeks, roast pork, pumpkins, and recipes for the onslaught of zucchinis. Each month includes fruit-filled puddings and pies. Slater intersperses recipes with odes to herbs and garlic, descriptions of favorite kitchen tools, and entries relating his admiration for kitchen tables. Musings on his obsession with lemon and a poetical veneration of mashed potatoes will induce cravings in any reader. Recipes contain less-than-precise instruction, are informal in tone, and easy to execute. Slater's philosophy of whatever works to end up with something good to eat... regardless of how cooks get there makes this book of monthly kitchen ritual, cooking, and storytelling both a personal celebration of the author's craft and a delicious read. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (September 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607745437
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607745433
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beautiful photography and easy-to-understand.
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Am excellent book with a plethora of meal ideas to keep you going for a whole year through.
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Or, maybe it is, most definitely, just what you need.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By I Do the Speed Limit TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
There is something very special about Slater's books. They are as much creative non-fiction masterpieces as they are compilations of easy-to-put-together recipes. He combines playful and insightful impromptu with his vast cooking experience to create dishes that will delight you. Sometimes his combinations are almost whimsical and amusing, sometimes so very simple and tasteful that they are masterful. Sometimes they are a marvel in basics. If you are a cook, looking for a serene and peaceful, thoughtful read, complete with wonderful recipes and beautiful pictures, this is a book you should pick up.

Slater does not cook for a large family, not even a small family. He cooks for one or two. He does cook for friends. I didn't really think about how that affects the tone of a cookbook until recently, when I went from reading this book to one written by a woman--possibly about the same age--who had a large and loving family for whom to cook. I realized these two different family situations resulted in a totally different tone and attitude in a cookbook. That's not to say that if you cook for many, you won't get anything out of this book. You will--no matter how large an audience you have. There will always be a need for the type of dish that Slater creates. If, because of your lifestyle and your responsibilities, you are a busy, no-nonsense, hurry-up-and-get-something-nourishing-on-the-table type of cook, you will find help in this book. You will even find some respite from the frantic activity.

But if you need to find recipe instructions and ingredient lists very quickly and at a glance, well, then, maybe this book is not for you. Or, maybe it is, most definitely, just what you need.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By I. Darren on September 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This very weighty tome is a kitchen diary offering many observations, facts, happenings and of course over 250 different seasonal recipes from acclaimed British food writer and broadcaster Nigel Slater.

Would it be fairer to describe this book as a more edited, polished memory dump from the author, providing a little bit of everything along the way that is wrapped around a diary? The author is clear to note that whilst items follow over the course of a year, they are not a strict chronology but more a focussed collection of events that have happened over the years, so something that happened on a given November day would have happened on that given day, but not necessarily in the same year as the previous or subsequent diary "entry". Not that it makes a difference in the grand scheme of things though!

This is a book that, to be fair, you will get as much out of it as you put in through reading and comprehension. If you use the book solely as a source of recipes then, whilst you will invariably find many interesting recipes from the sheer multitude on offer, you will be missing much by ignoring the surrounding text.

When browsing through this book one notes that whilst the recipes have been "translated" to U.S. imperial units, at the same time ignoring their metric equivalencies, there are many cultural references that might have non-native Britons scratching their head in puzzlement before seeking clarification to a small, possibly insignificant point. There are a number of average to relatively good photographs to break up the text but they just don't feel like they fit, feeling instead that they are there solely as filler material to "illustrate" the book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kayt on November 25, 2013
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A lot of words, albeit charming words, for a few recipes. I bought it because my friend told me about an onion tart recipe.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ann P Hayden on November 2, 2013
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Fantastic, usable, luscious recipes, and the writing is enchanting!...he makes even a cold winter's day or a rainy spring one cozy again with his recipes...ty, Nigel!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Perennial mom on October 26, 2013
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Nigel Slater's Notes from the Larder is full of season-appropriate recipes and he never fails to amaze me!
It's fun to open the book to the time of year and see what he is cooking.
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Loved the style and ideas behind this book, which chronicles a year in cooking, celebrations, and everyday comforts. Nigel Slater is a wonderful writer and his recipes come alive through his anecdotes so well. Highly recommend.
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Am excellent book with a plethora of meal ideas to keep you going for a whole year through. This is my go to book when I need an idea of what to feed the family.
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