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Appetite Hardcover – September 24, 2002

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What is there to say about a new Nigel Slater book? Especially one called Appetite. It is exactly what it should be. This is the book he has been heading for all along. It is about food, to be sure, but it is also a statement of his personal philosophy, which seems to amount to this: that our appetites are founded in pleasure; and that we must interrogate those pleasures, and take them very seriously indeed, if we are to eat as well as we can. To eat well means to eat, and cook, pleasurably. So in Appetite Slater takes food, and cooking, back to where he believes it belongs, back to the realm of sensuous pleasure and comfort. Back to the sheer bliss, as he might say, of putting something warm, soft, and sticky in your mouth.

Very cleverly, he has built his book not around detailed recipes as such--that would be too specific for his purposes--but around the sort of thing that might pop into your head as something you would really like to eat. These are the kinds of food this generous and handsome book celebrates; foods that have a genuine part to play in people's lives. This is quintessential Nigel Slater: laid-back, not claiming any special privilege as a chef ("If I can do it, so can you," he remarks), and all wrapped up in that wonderful, lived-in, squashy prose that hits the spot every time. A feast of a book, from a man with no tricks or gimmicks, who is happily in touch with his own appetites and wants to put us in touch with ours. --Robin Davidson, Amazon.co.uk


'He's a genius, his food is scrummy and his voice more personal than usual.' Guardian 'Slater remains the reigning champion...'Appetite' is an instant classic. It's comprehensive, inspirational and beautiful to look at.' Daily Express 'The total and utter must-have of the year.' Rosie Kindersley Praise for 'Eat': 'Nothing was ever going to come close to Nigel Slater's "Eat". An instant classic' Cookbook of the Year, The Times 'This year's smallest yet fullest cookbook is from Nigel Slater ... 'Eat' reminds us that he remains the UK cookery writer who breaks new ground as regularly as a mole.' Rose Prince, Daily Telegraph, 'Books of the Year' 'There's nobody better than Nigel Slater at making cooking seem a relaxed, modest and wholly enjoyable affair ... This chunky, easy-going book continues that approach in 400-plus pages which never run out of inspiration' Daily Mail --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (September 24, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609610783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609610787
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I am a foodie, and I love cookbooks. This is one of the best cookbooks I have ever owned. [...] I completely enjoy reading Nigel Slater's prose. He talks about food in a way that makes you want to eat! His goal is to develop enough confidence in his readers that they can easily find their way around a kitchen without being slavishly bound to a book. If you are obsessed with exact measurements, you will not like this book. However, if you want to become a more confident cook, then you must read this.
The first half od the book is written in prose with no recipes. However, there are enough suggestions that I found myself putting the book down to run in and whip up this-and-that just from reading the suggestions he has. There are lists of what goes with what and what is in season (although it is based on the seasons in the UK). Just reading this first half of the book (I read it as I would a novel) will make you a better cook.
In the recipe sections, many recipes begin with a vague recipe (you know - a chicken, a lemon, a head of garlic, a little butter), then there are several sections after that add variations. Each well worth the space it fills. In many ways, this is a great cookbook for me (if I may gender stereotype for a minute). Although I am a woman, my husband and father have both enjoyed this cookbooks. Unlike most cookbooks, it is more concerned with tasty food and skills in the kitchen, rather than trying to help you to get exactly the result that the author got when s/he made it.
Nigel is British, so you will find Britishisms here. Bangers are sausages, rashers are bacon. However, measurements don't matter too much since he uses them so infrequently anyway. One lemon in the UK is about the same as one lemon in the US!
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`Appetite' by the eminent English culinary writer, Nigel Slater is one of those rare cookbooks on whose every page you get a new insight into the craft of cooking. Nigel is to wunderkind Jamie Oliver what Tom Colicchio is to Emeril Lagasse on this side of the pond. And, Slater's publishers take every opportunity they can to trumpet Sir Jamie's blurb on Slater that `Nigel is a Genius' on Slater's books. I think I can safely say that Slater is not a `genius', but he is hands down one of the most thoughtful and eloquent writers on food preparation I have read in my 2 ½ years of reviewing almost 500 cookbooks. I know from Jamie Oliver's series, `Jamie's Kitchen' on training his 15 young chefs and from his books that Oliver is every bit as good and as inventive in his recipes as is Slater. It's just that Oliver is not nearly as reflective and as literate about expressing his ideas.

Slater's objective in this book is to promote the great pleasure of cooking without a recipe. He states this objective, eloquently as usual, in the very first sentence of his introduction, viz. `I want to tell you about the pleasure, the sheer unbridled joy, of cooking without a recipe'. And, I believe that Slater succeeds in this objective far better than the well-intentioned book `How to Cook Without a Book' by Pam Anderson.

In order to make this objective a reality for the amateurs among his readers, it is not surprising that Slater must present us with almost 190 pages of introductory material to bring us all up to speed. This is not unlike the situation with the talented Jazz musician, who must be a master of the mechanics of both his instrument and of the way musical notes blend harmoniously from two or more different instruments.
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Blunt and straight to the point insight about real cooking. This book is great. However, I only recommend this book if you like reading cookbooks and you are an advanced cook or aspire to be an advanced cook. His keen insight and practical, blunt advice help to hammer home what cooking really is... and should be.
Nigel gives you a firm lesson in the fundamentals in just one or two sentences throughout the book. It's a cookbook that is mostly filled with great advice - kind of like a chefs journal on steriods. I highly recommend this book- it's the kind of book you can read twice and still learn more on the second reading. Bottom line = his opinions are really good advice and this book is like a casual conversation- except that he is the one doing all the talking.
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and get in the kitchen and cook. I've bought about 5 dozen cookbooks this year--I keep them by the bed and read through them at night before they migrate to the dining room bookshelves--and this is by far the most inspiring one of the lot. Slater writes about food passionately--with desire, not just enthusiasm--as well as commonsensically. His biases may not be yours, but he's upfront about them. And the food is so inviting--both the text and the superb pictures help you hear the spatter of fat in the pan and feel the acid steam of a lime and chile rich broth in your nose. He invokes all your senses and all you can do is salivate, and take out the pans, and cook. Cook what? Slater's food here is home cooking; it is not cheffy or gussied up. Almost all of it is tremendously inviting and big flavored, and easy to make for any reasonably seasoned cook. Absolute beginner cooks might worry about his seemingly imprecise recipes, but the way to learn to cook is to cook often, and I think this book makes cooking so alluring that they'll get better just from getting more practice. If you believe that cooking is chemistry, this is not your book. If you see eating and cooking and reading as sources of pleasure, loving gifts, and a chance to make a big mess in the kitchen, this cookbook is for you. Highly recommended.
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