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The Kitchen Diaries: A Year in the Kitchen with Nigel Slater Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 19, 2006
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However, because of the way each month highlights the availability of particular produce within the month itself, this cookbook shows that the current attitude of "supply and demand" is perhaps not the best way to cook. Nigel says it best:
"Our culinary seasons have been blurred by commerce, and in particular by the supermarkets' much vaunted idea that consumers want all things to be available all year round...I worry that today it is all too easy to lose sight of food's natural timing and, worse, to miss it when it is at its sublime best...Right food, right place, right time - it is my belief - and the point of this book - that this is the best recipe of all."
That is not to say that 'The Kitchen Diaries' is merely a seasonal cookbook, far from it. The month by month approach makes full use of available in seasonal ingredients, while Nigel's at-home-baking knowledge guides you easily through the recipes.
Pork loin cooked with grapes, wine and seasoned with salt, pepper and juniper berries, bruised potatoes, and Nigel's simply wonderful apple cake makes for a simple, yet wonderful dinner. Easy to make and seasonal to boot.
These are meals whose success relies on the ingredients of the moment rather than the experience of the cook.
Nigel's style of cookbook writing is something you either love or hate. I like the style and find it enjoyable to just read even if I am not cooking.
The Kitchen Diaries is an excellent addition to any Nigel Slater fan and a book worth getting if you love good food you can make at home.
So far I have made probably 15 recipes ...all have been wonderful, and the hot chocolate puddings alone are worth the price of book...oh, and so is the ham with chorizo, and the Thai curry, and his fabulous bolongese, and..well you get the idea, right?
A definite 'must-have'.
If you are new to Nigel Slater then here is what I would say about this book;
If you are looking for a straight out 'recipe book' this isn't the book for you (I'd start with the excellent 'Appetite' - also by Nigel Slater). However, if you are a foodie that is inspired by reading about others inspiration and seasonal eating, then you will find this book hugely entertaining.
More a book on enjoying simple culinery pleasures than technique or presentation.
Forget such lifestyle books as 'Under the Tuscan sun' or 'A year in Provence', what you'll get out of this is a sense of place, mood, season and good living which is obtainable by all of us (in the western world) through the simple but elegant satisfaction good food can bring.
He is a British writer and if you have not heard about him or his work then I strongly suggest you have a go - if you like Nigella Lawson or Jamie Oliver you will probably enjoy Slater.
In this hardback illustrated book he discusses his eating and cooking over a year. Each chapter is a month of writing and cooking - talking about food what is available and what he does with it. The start of the chapter has the month and a list of recipes he has made through the month. So you can flick through on a month by month basis, tasting the season's fruits etc, (there is also a helpful index by the way) Or you can just read it as a series of recipes in a diary like way.
The recipes are based on fresh and simple principles rather than trying to make complicated concoctions. And some of the simplest foods make the nicest things - I love his broad bean recipes (the American readers will probably know them as fava beans)and rhubarb deserts are great.
My only real issue with this book is that it is printed on a laid crean paper - which is fine for text but they also have printed the pictures in colour on it which loses a lot of the gloss and richness of the illustrations. I really enjoy good food photography - even if I never can present it to the same standard it is lovely to look at. While it is all nicely presented and printed I find it difficult to get the whole "Readers-Digest-Condensed-book" picture out of my head because that is what it looks like to me.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lovely writing, this is not a picture book and the recipes are good but I bought it more for the writing as I love Nigel's stylePublished 10 months ago by Andigol
He's an expert, but I'm not. There are probably 2 or 3 recipies in the book I can really serve my family.Published 13 months ago by Rose E. Dews
I own several of Nigels books & love them all, this is no exceptionPublished 16 months ago by Johanna Thompson
Excellent cookbook. I'm working through it now actually as a mini project and aside from some things that I simply can't find in Chicago like golden syrup or pigeon or fresh... Read morePublished 17 months ago by giuliettaroma
Nigels recipes are so easy but so delicious. So far all have been a successPublished 20 months ago by Stabledoor
Whenever I'm feeling burned out on my standard meals, I pop open Slater's beautifully narrated kitchen diary and find myself inspired. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Katherine Richards
I got this as a gift for my fiance who loves to cook. The book is enjoyable to just sit and read and also has unique but easy recipes. Read morePublished on November 16, 2013 by tuli[p]