Saturday, November 13, 2010

Nigella Kitchen: Cookbook Review

I was sent a copy of Nigella Kitchen Recipes from the Heart of the Home By Nigella Lawson for review.

“This is the book I’ve been wanting to write for a very long time . . . the story of my love affair with the kitchen.” —Nigella Lawson

Nigella Lawson’s new cookbook, NIGELLA KITCHEN (Hyperion; October 12, 2010; Hardcover) is a return to her signature focus on feel-good food for the way we eat today. Warmly engaging and informative, Nigella’s eighth book offers 190 recipes—including 60 that can be prepared express-style in 30 minutes or less—and sumptuous photographs, some of them step-by-step illustrations. Published to coincide with the launch of Nigella’s new Food Network television series of the same name, NIGELLA KITCHEN is a welcome resource for both hectic weekday and leisurely weekend cooking.

As Nigella writes, “The kitchen isn’t just the room in which I cook, it’s the place where I live. There’s a dynamism to a kitchen that seems to draw people in. Part hub, part haven, the kitchen is where, I’ve always found, people speak more freely than anywhere else.”

Along with an array of inspired new recipes, NIGELLA KITCHEN serves up answers to everyday cooking quandaries—from how to rustle up a quick meal for friends to what to do about those black bananas. She reveals how to “make leftovers right” by describing how we can transform one recipe into another. There is an entire chapter devoted to chicken, another on delectables for the die-hard carnivore created with full-flavored “on the bone” cuts, and another on the calming qualities of making a wide array of delicious risottos—the ultimate comfort food. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Nigella Lawson cookbook without her “sweet solutions,” such as beloved Chocolate Chip Cookies, Rice Krispie Brownies, or Raspberry Almond Bars, not to mention thirst quenchers that include a Lagarita, a Giddy Geisha and a lovely Chocolate Martini.

NIGELLA KITCHEN has something for everyone, including Nigella’s kitchen must-haves: no-nonsense equipment and necessary “magical” standby ingredients. Above all, Nigella reminds us all how much pleasure there is to be had in real food and in reclaiming the traditional rhythms of the kitchen.

Nigella Lawson, food enthusiast, television personality and journalist, is the bestselling author of Nigella Express, Nigella Fresh, Nigella Christmas, Nigella Bites, Feast, How to Be a Domestic Goddess (for which she won the British Author of the Year Award), and How to Eat, which have sold more than 6 million copies worldwide. These books, along with her groundbreaking iPhone App and her television shows on Food Network, E! Entertainment Television, and Style, have made hers a household name around the world. Nigella’s new Food Network series, Nigella Kitchen, will launch in October 2010 timed to her new book of the same name. Nigella lives in London with her family.


Recipes from the Heart of the Home
By Nigella Lawson
Photographs by Lis Parsons
Published by Hyperion; October 12, 2010
Price: $35.00 / Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-4013-2395-0

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Tarragon Chicken
garlic flavored oil
chicken breast fillets
white wine
heavy cream

What a beauty this book is! It's full of great looking recipes, photos and some showing step by step. I can just hear her lovely accent through out this book. She's got a good looking recipe for Frangelico tiramisu in there, I'd love to try for my Birthday treat this month! For dinner I choose to make her Tarragon chicken, simply pan cooked chicken with a tarragon wine sauce. Served up with the veggies and creamy pasta, it was super delish, even our oldest said she liked it! I would say it's pretty nice for company too.

I wrote this review for "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" about Nigella Kitchen. I received free product to keep for this review from PR. All opinions for this review are that of myself & family. Product info & stock images provided by PR or Co.

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2 Lovely Comments:

Lesley said...

Oh, how I adore her. I have the biggest girl crush on Nigella to the point where I feel all flustered and red in the face when I watch her show. I want to be her best friend and eat lunch with her every day.

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