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Notes from the Larder: A Kitchen Diary with Recipes Hardcover – September 24, 2013
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
thoughtful! This is one of those cookbooks that you can sit and open to any page and read and enjoy! Looking forward to using his recipes.
It's fun to open the book to the time of year and see what he is cooking.
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I feel like I'm on a first name basis with Mr Slater (Nigel) after reading his intimate musings and descriptions of days and meals. Read morePublished 2 months ago by vivian miller
Not quite as wonderful as the original Kitchen Diaries, but still a great addition to the Nigel Slater library. He is my favorite cookbook writer.Published 3 months ago by tvhc in Cambridge
I love Nigel Slater's prose. It is beautiful and the recipes are scrumptious as well.
Everything I have cooked from it has been delicious.
I actually love most of his books & this is no exceptionPublished 10 months ago by Johanna Thompson
Like "Tender" and "Ripe," Slater's "Notes from a Larder" share his personal experience of food, which combines cooking experience with sharp culinary... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Curmudgeon in the Kitchen
Fabulous cookbook w/ fascinating tales by the chef whom I heard about o a visit to London. Was so happy too find it on Amazon! One of the best in my collection if not the best. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Susan S. Spraker
Nigel is a true british food treasure. I loved his autobiography or memoir as you call it and the whole layout of the book and the book jacketl.Published on December 13, 2013 by Mae Jean Adams