"Cooking is not about just joining the dots, following one recipe slavishly and then moving on to the next," says British food writer Nigella Lawson. "It's about developing an understanding of food, a sense of assurance in the kitchen, about the simple desire to make yourself something to eat." Lawson is not a chef, but "an eater." She writes as if she's conversing with you while beating eggs or mincing garlic in your kitchen. She explains how to make the basics, such as roast chicken, soup stock, various sauces, cake, and ice cream. She teaches you to cook more esoteric dishes, such as grouse, white truffles (mushrooms, not chocolate), and "ham in Coca-Cola." She gives advice for entertaining over the holidays, quick cooking ("the real way to make life easier for yourself: cooking in advance"), cooking for yourself ("you don't have to belong to the drearily narcissistic learn-to-love-yourself school of thought to grasp that it might be a good thing to consider yourself worth cooking for"), and weekend lunches for six to eight people. Don't expect any concessions to health recommendations in the recipes here--Lawson makes liberal and unapologetic use of egg yolks, cream, and butter. There are plenty of recipes, but the best parts of How to Eat are the well-crafted tidbits of wisdom, such as the following:
--Joan Price --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"Her prose is as nourishing as her recipes — it should please mere readers, serious cooks and happy omnivores."
"I love Nigella Lawson's writing and I love her recipes."
"One of the best and most influential of British food writers — bound to become a staple cookbook for a whole generation."
—Ruth Rogers, The River Cafe Cook Book
"Cerebral and scintillating advice — peppered with wit."
"A gloriously sensual wander through the possibilities of food. The recipes read more like seduction than instruction."
Arrived promptly but I had to wipe it down as it was quite grimy. Other than the dirty worn cover a good product.Published on April 8 2013 by Avid reader
Ms. Lawson's seductive nature transfers beautifully to the page in this unusual, yet utilitarian cookbook. Classic, homey dishes are given a new 21st. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2004 by Kenneth McDaniel
This author makes cooking comfortable. Her book explains things in a very simplistic and pleasant manner. Her approach gives the reader a sense of calm. Read morePublished on Sept. 13 2002
Nigela Lawson is a phenomena. She is a gorgous forty year old woman who is, perhaps intelligent is a bit strong, but she radiates self confidence and personality. Read morePublished on Aug. 27 2002 by Tom Munro
This is a great book. I love watching her TV show and am always looking for new ideas and parties to throw with new foods. Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2002 by Amanda Moss
I bought this book (as well as How to be a domestic goddess) after watching Nigella Bites because I really liked her informal style and the fact that she could throw together such... Read morePublished on July 31 2002