Domestic goddess Nigella Lawson dishes up her favorite foods for entertaining year-round with family and friends. Her most festive book yet offers savory, spicy, and delicious recipes for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah, New Year's, and any other celebratory event. Included are gems like Nigella's Chocolate Cake Hall of Fame, her best ...
Domestic goddess Nigella Lawson dishes up her favorite foods for entertaining year-round with family and friends. Her most festive book yet offers savory, spicy, and delicious recipes for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah, New Year's, and any other celebratory event. Included are gems like Nigella's Chocolate Cake Hall of Fame, her best cheeseburger, and plenty of other highly indulgent treats. 1-40130-136-3$35.00 / Time Warner Book Group
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Book in excellent shape, little signs of use, but almost as new. Great book with a lot of recipes for confort your life and heart. Really like always lovely Nigella.
Oct 17, 2007
Even if you never cook a thing - although why wouldn't you? - Nigella's books are a treat for the food fan. Beautiful pictures, yes, but the sheer variety of recipes and the articulate chatter that goes with them really is the cherry on top. My thickest Nigella cookbook yet, and what a delight it is to look through. Not always for the economy-minded, maybe, but there are plenty of ideas here. It occurred to me for the first time, however, while reading through this book, that Nigella worries a lot. About everything, it seems. I hadn't really noticed it before, but this book seems to be her most introspective, and self-critical. Well, she needn't worry. All of her books are personal favourites, and even if every recipe isn't a winner, the author certainly is.
Publishers Weekly, 2004-10-25 "Cooking has many functions, and only one of them is about feeding people," writes Lawson in a cookbook that makes the preparation of Thanksgiving, Christmas and other feasts seem so approachable and richly rewarding that it may coax even hardcore cynics or cowards to give roast turkey with all the trimmings a try. For starters, there is Lawson's star quality. "When we go into a kitchen, indeed when we even just think about going into a kitchen, we are both creating and responding to an idea we hold about ourselves, about what kind of person we wish to be." The person that Lawson has demonstrated a wish to be while cooking on her TV show Nigella Bites and in her cookbooks (How to Be a Domestic Goddess, etc.) is a woman in full, alive in body and mind. Lawson has always playfully gloried in the erotic possibilities of cooking. She has always proclaimed herself an eater rather than a chef, but what she is really is a marvelous, funny food writer for our pressured times. She knows exactly how to balance her relish of the earthy with just the right twist of smarty-pants, Oxford-inflected wit. Explaining, for example, why she now chooses to bake stuffing in a terrine, she hastens to note that while she is "perfectly happy with my arm up a goose as I ram it with compacted sauerkraut, or whatever the occasion demands, I find turkey-wrangling just one psycho-step too far. The bird is too heavy, the cavity too small, and the job is just too tragi-comic to be managed alone and after all that Christmas wrapping, too." Lawson knows how to make her readers fall in love (or at least in lust) with her. Readers will come away from this book with a sense of what she thinks is worth loving. Along with her recipes for Christmas pudding or her "amplification" of her mother's green beans (involving "vicious amounts of lemon"), Lawson teaches what is primal and timeless about feasting. "I am not someone who believes that life is sacred, but I know it is very precious," she writes in a final section about funeral feasts that describes Mormon potatoes and Jewish eggs, comfort food to remind the bereaved "that life goes on, that living is important." She ends the book with Rosemary Remembrance Cake in honor of her grandmother Rosemary (and anybody else who happens to have read Shakespeare and knows that rosemary is for remembrance). Lawson shows that creating a feast doesn't just nourish the body and the mind-it creates an even more interesting self that also has a heart, whose function is remembering. 150 color photos. Author tour. (Nov.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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