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Americans trolling for something novel in Italian cookery need look no further than Lawson’s latest book, which displays with vivid photographs her unique take on fast, simple dishes. Uncompromising purists may carp that these recipes are not authentic regional Italian; Lawson aims to modernize classic Italian cookery principles to better suit contemporary kitchens. Pastas range from a beautifully baroque yet quickly prepared lasagna to a simple toss of pasta, gorgonzola cheese, fresh spinach leaves, and pistachios. Italian Americans conversant with giambotta will recognize a cousin in Lawson’s Italian Tray Bake, loaded with chicken, sausage, and potatoes. Lovely inspirations for vegetable side dishes include roasted brussels sprouts gently herbed and mock mashed potatoes made from semolina. To ensure family contentment, the author has made use of the palates of her own teenage children. A few recipes, such as a turkey breast stuffed with sausage and cranberries, make outstanding centerpieces at party buffet tables. --Mark Knoblauch

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Nigellissima takes inspiration from Italian cooking to bring the spirit of Italy into the kitchen and onto the plate, pronto. At the heart of Italian cookery lies a celebration of food that is fresh, tasty and unpretentious; Nigella Lawson reflects this in recipes that are simple and speedy, elevating everyday eating into no-fuss feasts. Italian food has colonised the world. Nigellissima shows us how and why in over 100 delicious dishes - from telephone-cord pasta with Sicilian pesto to the crustless Meatzza, from Sardinian couscous to Venetian stew, from penne to papardelle, from ragu to risotto, from Italian apple pie and no-churn ices to panna cotta and sambuca kisses - in a round-Italy quickstep that culminates in a festive chapter of party food, with an Italian-inspired Christmas feast as its mouthwatering centrepiece. From the traditional to the unfamiliar, here are recipes to excite the taste buds and the imagination, without stressing the cook. Nigella's gastronomic heart is in Italy, and in this new book she conjures up, with passionate relish, the warmth, simplicity and directness of Italian cooking, with an Anglo-twist. Illustrated with gorgeous photographs to instruct and delight Nigellissima is accompanied by a major new BBC TV series. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; First Edition edition (February 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 077043701X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0770437015
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By LGM VINE VOICE on March 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have made just one dish from this book -- the Italian Tray Bake -- and it turned out great. It's a simple recipe that calls for roasting chicken, Italian sausages and potatoes all in one tray. Easy and delicious.

I normally would not leave a review for a cookbook which I've made only one recipe for, but I made an exception for two reasons: 1) I see no other reviewer has yet to list all the recipes 2) I have flagged so many recipes for this cookbook that I want to try so I thought this book warranted it.
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I couldn't wait. Nigella Lawson's Italian cookbook was released this fall in the UK, but the US version isn't scheduled to publish here until next spring. Really, you think I could control myself that long? Of course not. So I bought the UK version (I'm not scared off by kilos rather than pounds), and I've been cooking from it for a few weeks.

Nigella describes the book as "instant Italian inspiration" and it does follow her premise that good food is worth quality time, but not so much of it that you forget to enjoy the dinner party (or just family dinner) you put together. It's not all 30-minute-meals, but there is a sense of you having OTHER things to do besides spend the day in the kitchen.

There are long-ish chapters devoted to pasta; flesh, fish & fowl; vegetables & sides; sweet things; and an Italian-inspired Christmas (which could be called ..."or other holiday meal"). So far, I've made three dishes. "Meatza" is a no-bread-dough pizza. It's basically ground beef as the crust (think: very thin meatloaf) with pizza toppings piled on top: tomato sauce, mozzarella, fresh basil. That worked fine for a midweek meal, and I bet it'd be a hit in any household with picky eaters. I also made a dinner of her pork chops with fennel seeds and allspice (which is just as good as it sounds) accompanied by spinach baked with ricotta and nutmeg (which was truly yummy, as well as super-easy). I have my eye on several other recipes, such as Taliata for Two (steak with cherry tomatoes and an oil-vinegar-chili sauce) and roast butternut squash with sage (with a bit of Gorgonzola, she says, it's suitable as a main course rather than a side dish, particularly when served with her Italian golden lentils... though I'm not sure I have seen Castlluccio lentils here in the U.S.).
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Nigellissima is an absolutley wonderful cookbook! I have had it for awhile, and only just realized that that I have been cooking habitually from it ever since it was purchased. The results have all been great, and everyone is loving all of the delicious Italian inspired meals! Nigella Lawson is truly a gift to home cooks, her recipes are simple, yes, but they always turn out special as well. They break up the repetition of the working week and allow you to prepare really special dishes when entertaining for freinds or for big specail occasions. Here, we get Italian twists on Nigella's ideas, and they are all fantasitc!
The pasta section alone would make this book a keeper. The Pasta with Zucchini reads really simple on the page, but the taste is out of this world! We wolf that one down at least once a week. The Chocolate Olive Oil Cake has become my go to cake for entertaining. It is dead easy to make, but it has such a beautiful texture and real depth of flavor. Meatzza is a firm favorite with the kids and so is the Pasta Risotto with Peas and Pancetta. TheItalian Roast Chicken with eitehr the Saffron Orzotto or the Gnocchi Gratin is the perfect show stopper for entertaining. Other favorites include: Sicilian Past with Tomatoes,Garlic,and Almonds, Yellow Spaghetti, Quick Calabrian Lasgana,Farro Risotto, Spaghettini with Lemon and Garlic Breadcrumbs, Tortelloni Minestrone, Spaghetti with Tuna, Lemon and Arugula, Tagliata for Two, Iced Berries with White Chocolate Sauce, Vanilla Mousse with Berries and Pistachios, No Churn Coffee Ice Cream, Yogurt Pot Cake, Apricot and Almond Crostata, Panettone Stuffing Squares, Cinnamon Almond Cake, and No Churn Chestnut Ice Cream. I know this looks like a huge list, but it is an honest account of all the things we have made and enjoyed multiple times.
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