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Forever Summer (Style Network's) Hardcover – April 2, 2003
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Setting the warm, relaxed tone befitting the season, U.K. food goddess Lawson (Nigella Bites) presents her newest volume as an ode to summer, to freshness, and, in gray weather, to a time to "conjure up the sun, some light, a lazy feeling of having all the wide-skied time in the world to sit back and eat warmly with friends." Befitting a book of simply prepared summer dishes, Lawson takes her inspiration from such warm climes as southern Europe, the Middle East and southeast Asia. For starters, Lawson offers Grilled Eggplant with Feta, Mint and Chilli, where the ingredients are rolled inside the thinly sliced eggplant, and then moves on to Flatbread Pizzas, whose dough is made with za'atar, a mixture of thyme, sumac and sesame. Her pastas and salads are innovative and wonderfully fresh, such as Linguine with Chilli, Crab and Watercress; Watermelon, Feta and Black Olive Salad; or Shrimp and Black Rice Salad with Vietnamese Dressing. Main courses include Keralan Fish Curry with Lemon Rice, as well as Porchetta, which is chopped pork shoulder cooked with fennel, garlic and rosemary and sandwiched within a ciabatta roll. Winding down the meal, Lawson serves such cooling fare as Figs for a Thousand and One Nights, which are broiled and then pulled open until they look like "young birds squawking to be fed worms by their mommy" before they are drizzled with rose water, orange water and sugar. As viewers of her shows will notice, the book's photos-of both Nigella and the food-are just as cool and luscious as the recipes themselves.
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"Brings to life the sensual aspects of cooking, helping you understand not only what you are after, but also the pleasure of the journey."
"Nigella Lawson has done more than anyone else recently to revive the art of cooking (and eating) for the sheer fun of it."
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I've been cooking avidly for well over 30 years and have amassed a sizeable collection of cookbooks over that time. This one is, hands-down, my favorite. As with all cookbooks, I found some of the recipes to be a bust. The vast majority, however, are terrific. The book is absolutely packed with low-effort, high-payoff culinary treats. It's become a joke in the house - every time I serve up one of these dishes, my husband swears up and down that it's his very favorite dish, ever. He's getting to where he can identify the dishes that I make from this book, even ones that I haven't made before. What they have in common is a focus on seasonally-fresh fruits and vegetables, an appealing simplicity, and an amazing flavor explosion.
Several of the recipes - including the Chicken with Lemon and Rosemary, the Garlic and Lemon Chicken, the Zaatar Chicken, and the Golden Jubilee Chicken have been added to my Go-To list for dishes to serve to company...an amazing feat, given that I usually don't like chicken, let alone want to serve it to a guest! I've actually had several of my dinner guests tell me that they'd like a copy of the cookbook as a holiday gift - and I can't imagine a better recommendation than that.
As always, Nigella's voice shines through in the recipe introductions.
I think the pictures should appear bigger, taking advantage of the display's quality. Instead they appear very small, which is a shame, especially when it comes to food pictures.