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Nigella Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home [Kindle Edition]

Nigella Lawson
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An Edmonton Journal Favourite Cookbook of the Year
An NPR Cookbook of the Year
Shortlisted for the Galaxy National Book Awards – Tesco Food & Drink Book of the Year

 “Lawson lets us feel good about how we cook as well as what we eat. . . . [Kitchen] reminds us of the pleasures to be found in the warmest room in the house.”
The Gazette
 
“Nigella Lawson tips her tines to the traditional rhythms of a home’s hub and haven.”
Chicago Tribune
 
“Whether you’re preparing dinner for the family or guests, you’ll find plenty of options that are simple to make and a feast for the eyes.”
Library Journal (starred review)
 
“The recipes are reassuringly solid, enticing and, crucially, just that bit less excessive. . . . [Lawson] has acquired a rebellious appeal.”
The Guardian

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Comprehensive, informative, and engaging, Nigella Kitchen offers feel-good food for cooks and eaters that is comforting yet always seductive, nostalgic but with a modern twist--whether super-fast exotic recipes for the weekday rush, leisurely slow-cook dishes for weekends and special occasions, or irresistible cakes and cookies in true "domestic goddess" style. Nigella Kitchen answers everyday cooking quandaries--what to feed a group of hungry teenagers, how to rustle up a spur-of-the-moment meal for friends, or how to treat yourself when you're home alone--and since real cooking is so often about leftovers, here one recipe can morph into another . . . from ham hocks in cider to cidery pea soup, from "praised" chicken to Chinatown salad. This isn't just about being thrifty; it's about being creative and seeing how recipes evolve.

With 190 mouthwatering and inspiring recipes, including more than 60 express-style recipes (30 minutes or under), Nigella Kitchen offers plenty of choice--from clams with chorizo to Guinness gingerbread, from Asian braised beef shank to flourless chocolate lime cake, from pasta alla Genovese to Venetian carrot cake. In addition, Nigella presents her no-nonsense kitchen kit must-haves (and crucially what isn't needed) in the way of equipment and magical standby ingredients. But above all, she reminds the reader how much pleasure there is to be had in real food and in reclaiming the traditional rhythms of the kitchen, as she cooks to the beat of the heart of the home, creating simple, delicious recipes to make life less complicated

Gorgeously illustrated, this expansive, lively narrative, with its rich feast of food, is destined to be a twenty-first-century classic.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cookbook! Feb. 1 2011
Format:Hardcover
I have wanted a Nigella cookbook ever since seeing one of her shows. You can just tell she LOVES food. Just like I have seen in numerous reviews of her cookbooks, she writes so well. I can just sit on the couch and read, laughing out loud every now and then. Not only is it fun to read, but the recipes are very simple and so far have all tasted delicious. I will definitely be using this book for a very long time. Some people may see this as a downfall, but I actually enjoy having to weigh the ingredients, it makes it fun and a bit more challenging.
I am happy I got Nigella Kitchen instead of Nigella Express, because although she does have some "Express" recipes in this book, there are also some more time consuming and (not really, but kind of) challenging ones when you feel like making something a little more special.
If you have yet to buy a Nigella book, don't wait any longer! :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice. Jan. 8 2011
Format:Hardcover
Beautiful photos. Nigella never disappoints. While some of the recipes are easy there are a few more challenging ones for the seasoned at home chef and you don't have to take a trip to the Amazon to get the ingredients!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite simply one of the best i've seen Dec 29 2010
Format:Hardcover
Beautifull book with quite simple recipes, superb photos with tips and kitchen tools glossary. Very usefull and all around well thought about!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Jan. 3 2012
By Npocock
Format:Hardcover
Nigella Lawson has great recipes My wife and I have two of her books this one and the Nigella Lawsons Feasts book both highly recommended She is very creative and allot of these great tasting meals are not hard to make. One down side for candians and those not in England or europe you will find some the recipes ask for products that you might not know about but they deffinatly can be found if you look for them. also get out the scale as no recipes are done with measurments in cups they are all in weight. but great food when every my wife and i feal liek something specail we turn to these books.
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114 of 115 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She does it again: Dependable collection of "Oh, let's make THIS!" recipes Oct. 30 2010
By Esther Schindler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Ordinarily I control my cookbook urges. With a collection of cookbooks that has overrun the available shelf space (cookbooks squished sideways on top of others, some spilling onto the floor, others taking over bookshelves originally allocated to "travel" or "history"), I. must. control. myself. I force myself to take a cookbook out of the library first, to ensure that I want to actually cook from it more than once. If a cookbook survives three recipes, I give myself permission to purchase it.

Not Nigella's. The moment I saw this book was on sale, I pre-ordered it. Doing so was the right decision.

Unlike some of her recent cookbooks, about Feasts or Christmas or Cooking Good Food, Fast, this has less of a specific theme except maybe "comfort food meets your real-life frenetic schedule." The first half of the book, called Kitchen Quandaries, leans toward serving your "dinner in 30 minutes" needs, with chapters like "Hurry up, I'm hungry" and "Off the cuff" (pantry suppers). The second, Kitchen Comforts, is full of recipes for when you're in the mood to chop and stir, segmented into chapters including "The solace of stirring" and "the bone collection."

Her recipes do not disappoint. (Well, they almost never DO disappoint, which is why I could order this book with such confidence.) So far, I've made two meals, both from the fast-food side of the book. "Lemony salmon with cherry tomato couscous" was quick to throw together but sure didn't taste that way; it was good as a cold salad, too, when I wanted lunch the next day. Her "speedy seafood supper" won't make me throw out my recipes for the putter-worthy cioppino, but it was 30 minutes from "What's for dinner?" to pouring the fish stew into a bowl and grabbing a hunk of bread. Even better, that recipe started with a pound of frozen mixed seafood from Trader Joe's; I didn't have to remember to defrost anything (a common "oh drat!" moment in this household). I'm making this week's shopping list now, and am trying to decide if I'll make her "spatchcocked Cornish hen" (with sultanas and pine nuts) or "pork and apple hotpot." It might be both.

Nigella includes a few extra features in this cookbook that I really appreciate. One is a chapter devoted to shortcuts and other things that make life a little easier. In many cases these are obvious tips, at least for someone who's been cooking for 30 years, but in this case I had a few, "Oh, I'll try that!" moments. (I had already learned from her TV shows how handy it is to use kitchen shears to cut up bacon or scallions directly into the pan; if that's all you need to cut up, why dirty a knife and cutting board?) Plus, she has a very good balance between recipes that feed 6-8 and those that serve one or two.

Another thing I like is that she has a postscript to many recipes that tell you what you can do with the leftovers. Some leftovers are intentional, of course, such as poaching chicken with the goal of turning leftovers into one of the chicken salads she suggests. Others, though, answer my "What the heck do I do with THIS?" questions, such as her suggestion to turn leftover Risotto Bolognese into "risotto burgers" with cheese melted on top, served with peas. I wish more cookbooks did this.

This cookbook has already earned its spot on the cookbook shelves, and I've had it for only a week. I expect you'll feel the same way. Highly recommended.
40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm impressed! Nov. 1 2010
By Joanne - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I am one of those cookbook collectors who, like another reviewer, is a bit obsessed and running out of shelf space...now more than ever a cookbook must earn its keep to stay--and this one qualifies. It also happens to be my first Nigella book, altho' I bought her Christmas book last year for someone as a gift. I am so glad I bought this cookbook to call my own. It is awesome. The size alone is massive, probably the thickest cookbook I own. Not only is it impressive in size but in the contents and useful information as well. Other reviewers have already mentioned the highlights, many of which I also would have listed--so I will just say, "ditto" on all counts from me too!

Her personality definitely shines thru the pages, so I don't know what another reviewer means when she says it doesn't...not so at all. There are so many passages of her 'talking' on the page to the reader, that I am making a mental note to go back and read it all when I have time, b/c the number of recipes are calling to me right now. But what I have read tells me I like her gutsy and authentic style. For instance, I chuckled today while reading the recipe I made tonight, African Drumsticks; on the top of page where it gives the number of servings it will make, it says: "Serves 4-8 (depending on age and appetite)." Boy, do I know EXACTLY what THAT means. Don't we all? Yet nobody ever says it, except Nigella! Let's get real...and Nigella is! They were tasty and fast & easy to make; and I'm a bit ashamed to admit, ten drumsticks fed LESS than four adults here! She also had a footnote that freezing the chicken in a ziplock with the marinade keeps for three months. I would never have thought to do that. What a great idea--not just for me on a busy weeknight, but for a way to bring food to someone who is sick or bereaved and can't cook for themselves. Just defrost and put in the oven--done.

I sometimes see her cook a recipe or two from this book on Foodnetwork, and the only thing lacking in the book that she includes on the show is to give metric measurements when she bakes. I simply jot down the metric weight in my book to the corresponding recipe when she mentions it on the show. (Altho' I am a cook more than a baker, I so appreciate weighing metric on my digital scale when baking). I made her churros which are stupid easy and will keep a permanent place in my file. Altho' I had another churro recipe I was happy with, I could not make it for my toddler granddaugher b/c of serious food allergies. Nigella's churros are free of dairy/eggs, so my granddaughter ate the churros w/much delight (and to my great pleasure as well as we could make them and eat them together). The Coconut-Cherry Banana Bread was moist, easy, and fast to make; and you can switch out bananas w/any other fruit puree; I switched out the cherries for cranberries. Last night I made a Flourless Chocolate Cake to give to a friend who must eat gluten-free. It was fun and easy to make. I omitted the lime zest and instead added a teaspoon of instant coffee to batter which boosts the taste of chocolate. Saved myself the calories by eliminating the Margarita whipped cream on top. It said to use one 9" springform, but I used many mini-springforms, so I could dole them out as little food gifts and still keep one for me! Easy to be flexible with her recipes. The pics are there to inspire, too. I will be back to report on further recipes as I have many more to go.
Update: I made her little chocolate cups that use an indented muffin pan. I had to use an egg substitute due to allergies, but it came out fine. My 6 yr old grandaughter loved the chocolate edible container underneath the scoop of ice cream we put into it. I wish I had more time to make more recipes!
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nigella Lawson is THE Domestic Goddess Nov. 17 2010
By Sheri Newton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Nigella Lawson's eighth book features 190 amazing recipes. 60 of these scrumptious recipes are even able to be cooked in 30 minutes or less. The "domestic goddess" writes in a way to capture your attention and actually makes you want to try all of these delectable recipes.

Nigella Lawson's new book, Nigella Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home includes fun information on Nigella's kitchen, and how to turn everyday ingredients into an amazing meal. I personally loved reading about how some of her "Hall of Shame" kitchen gadgets didn't work out for her either. I mean really, who needs all of the gadgets in the kitchen department anyways?

Some of my favorites included in this cookbook:
* African Drumsticks
* Chicken Tortillas
* Coconut Rice
* Curly Pasta with Feta, Spinach and Pine Nuts
* Flourless Chocolate Lime Cake with Margarita Cream (gluten free!)
* Indian Roasted Potatoes
* Parsley Pesto
* Quick Chick Caesar
* Sweet and Sour Chicken
* Venetian Carrot Cake (gluten free!)

Overall, I think that this is a great cookbook for all levels of cooks. It has many different types of recipes and is very easy to read and follow. What more can you ask for in a cookbook?

Thank you to the publisher of Nigella Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home, Hyperion Books, for providing me with a copy for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another fine cookbook from Nigella Lawson Nov. 6 2010
By Steven A. Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Nigella Lawson writers some very nice cookbooks! I have used a number of recipes from her "Nigella Express" and found them quite tempting. Here is a new cookbook from her kitchen. She notes the point of this specific work (Page xix): "The life of a kitchen takes in many moods and many meals. The recipes in this book try to reflect and, more, to celebrate that fact. . . [T]his one is based on the premise that the kitchen is an enduring place of comfort and that the food which comes out of it provides essential sustenance not just for body, but for soul, too."

The book begins with something like "Kitchen Confidential," as Lawson lays out her choices for tools in the kitchen (forget cast iron skillets--too much hassle and too heavy, even though they are glorious instruments of cooking), gadgets (like a slow cooker), shortcuts (e.g., boiling water or how to keep onions from browning).

Part I focuses on recipes related to "Kitchen Quandaries." Recipes abound here, with those catching my fancy including "Crisp chicken cutlets with salad on the side, "Barbecued ground beef, "Chicken teriyaki, "Egg and bacon salad," "Tarragon chicken," "Lone linguini with white truffle oil," "Indian rubbed lamb chops," "Chicken with Greek herb sauce," "Minestrone soup," "South Indian vegetable curry," and "Pasta with pancetta (what a glorious element in cooking!), parsley, and peppers."

Next, a section on "Kitchen Comforts." Among these that intrigue me: "Date steak" (with brown sugar, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, soy sauce, red currant jelly, gingerroot, tomato paste, garlic flavored oil, top loin strip steaks), "Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic" (a tasty dish indeed!), "Saffron risotto" (I enjoy a good risotto!), "Patara lamb shanks," "Greek lamb chops with lemon and potato," and "Pork and apple hotpot" (hotpots are pretty cool dishes).

A nice addition to Nigella Lawson's body of work!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Oct. 20 2010
By Lilly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am a huge Nigella fan and I really liked this cookbook. It is packed with receipes and so far the two that I have cooked (turkey cutlets with gnocchi and feta pasta receipe) have been very good.

My only complaint is that some of the spices are hard to find (like the Shake mixed spices) and there is no place on her website that you can ask where one would find these hard to find items. She used to provide an area on her website to ask stock list questions now it is not possible.

Great book , but some of the ingredients is challenging to find. Also, would love to be able to buy more of her Nigella Living items in the USA and it does not seem there is a retailer who sells this.

The book will leave you wanting more of Nigella, but the challenging part is one has to go to Britan to find most of the items.
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