- Publisher: Chatto & Windus (2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0701189193
- ISBN-13: 978-0701189198
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1.6 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 64 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Feast: Food that Celebrates Life Hardcover – 2001
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This book is broken into occasions rather than seasons or ingredients - Thanksgiving & Christmas, New Year, Meatless Feasts, Valentine's Day, Easter, Passover, Breakfast, Kitchen Feasts, Kiddiefeast, Cut-out Cookies, Chocolate Cake Hall of Fame, A Georgian Feast, Eid, Ultimate Feasts, Hallowe'en, Rosh Hashanah, A Venetian Feast, Festival of Lights, Partytime, Midnight Feast, Wedding Feast, Funeral Feast ( somber I know but the food is actually very appropriate and having herself lose her mother, sister and first husband to cancer, Nigella is still living life and making the best of what she has) so no matter what one celebrates they can find something good in this super large volume. I have to admit that I use this daily and don't wait for special occasions.
Feast is probably her biggest ( thickest) book to date, and I made some good things from it. Let me tell you, the Pumpkin Cheesecake (on page 68 ) was my first cheesecake and no only was it ridiculously easy it turned out so good I was shocked I made it myself. There was a suggestion for Butterscotch sauce on the page to pour on top, I made it as well ( gotta love the pairing suggestions) and the combination was just divine. The sauce would also go well on something like an apple and macadamia nut crumble or anything thatis sweet.
Gingerbread muffins on page 91 were so warm and cozy I make them in cold weather to keep the chill of, the trouble is stopping at one. If you want your house to smell like a home, make this!
Roast Loin of pork with caraway, lemon and garlic - spicy fragrant, nothing ordinary about this simple to make dinner, makes great leftovers as the rub on top intensifies.
Chicken Pot Pie - I guarantee that after this one no one will be shopping for it in the frozen section of their supermarket, flaky dough, creamy hot center, lost of peas, ham and chicken in sauce, the only caution is not burning the tongue as it's hard not to gobble up.
There's even Muttar Paneer - an excellent Indian dish, makes me feel silly for ever thinking it was hard to make. Now I can control the ingredients and how much salt and fat goes into it, one can make a healthy lunch out of an exotic staple after all.
This book has everything, I don't know how this woman thinks it all up, but she makes these recipes and writes about them, she feeds them to her children and friends, real people are involved into bringing this book to life and it shows.
- Kasia S.
One let down was the recipe for the old fashioned chocolate cake. While it looked yummy when I baked it, it came out a little dry. Was worried about that when I noticed the very thick batter. Guess I will have to experiment with the recipe a little more...it was easy to make, though.
I made the cake a second time and substituted olive oil for the butter and 2 spoons of Hellman's mayo for the sour cream because I was out of the proper ingredients and the cake still turned out fantastic. FANTASTIC.
I caught her new show just as she was starting this recipe so I saved the last half of her show on dvr and it is still on my dvr so I can have it playing whenever I make another loaf. A reviewer on another cookbook wrote that this other tv cook did not ever give measurements on her tv show so that one would have to buy her books but upon reflection, I have never bought a tv cook's books who did NOT give measurements on their shows. Unconsciously, I seem to be less interested in finding the books of those handful of tv cooks who don't give measurements and watching their shows is just vegging out in front of the tv set. The best tv cooks get you out of your seat and into the kitchen. I never did that watching Nigella Bites but I bought three of her cookbooks after catching that half-episode of Feast even though Feast does recycle some recipes from the other two books. The perfect success of the cake made me believe in Nigella. There are just too many cooks with books with similar recipes to know what to buy and a search on Amazon will show that every five years, the same ideas and themes get recycled. Letting the consumer test drive the product brings in hesitating bystanders like me.
p.s. I just made the chocolate gingerbread and it is very good so long as it is not overcooked.