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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (Sept. 13 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007256035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007256037
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 5.1 x 24.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Nigel is a bloody genius' Jamie Oliver

'The greatest cookery writer of them all' Guardian

‘The best food writers combine beauty with practicality, and no one does it more elegantly than Nigel Slater’ Jane Shilling, Daily Mail – BOOKS OF THE YEAR

'The pick of the bunch…bubbling with ideas, suggestions, hints and personal opinions that genuinely help you to make your own mind up about how and what to cook' The Times

'He's a genius' Matthew Fort, Guardian

‘Slater remains the reigning champion, a writer incapable of uninspiring sentences' Daily Express

‘No one writes more temptingly about food' Independent

About the Author

Nigel Slater is the author of a collection of bestselling books and presenter of BBC 1's Simple Cooking. He has been food columnist for The Observer for twenty years. His books include the classics Appetite and The Kitchen Diaries and the critically acclaimed two-volume Tender. His award winning memoir Toast – the Story of a Boy's Hunger won six major awards and is now a BBC film starring Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie Highmore. His writing has won the National Book Awards, the Glenfiddich Trophy, the André Simon Memorial Prize and the British Biography of the Year. He was the winner of a Guild of Food Writers' Award for his BBC 1 series Simple Suppers.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Daly on Aug. 11 2014
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I've given it three stars because it does not really reflect the Simple Suppers series I have seen TV which is what I was really looking for. There are a few included, but not 'A Year of Simple Suppers' as I expected. However, it is a great book and a good read even if you're not looking for something specific. His writing style is exactly how he speaks.
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This is an inspiring cookbook. It has lots and lots of ideas for cooking simple meals that anyone can make. You can really learn from this book.
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By Carol A McCarthy on May 30 2015
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It's everything I expected and more!
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Sensuality in Simplicity March 27 2013
By JB - Published on
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The Kitchen Diaries: A Year in the Kitchen with Nigel Slater has sat within easy reach in our house for years; a book to pick up and consult, to inspire, to enjoy for its lovely photographs, or simply to relax with for a brief few moments.

The Kitchen Diaries II is - thankfully - more of the same. Nigel Slater doesn't seem interested in being ground-breaking; not for him the outlandish laboratory experiments in haute-cuisine, or indeed the how-quick-can-we-cook-it achievements of other recipe books from the celebrity chefs. No, this is a contemplative and quiet - but often revelatory - re-consideration of food: of natural ingredients and how to prepare them into something simply special.

When I picked up this book in a local bookshop, it took just one recipe to convince me that I had to take it home, it's called The best sandwich ever and here's a little bite:

"We cut a baguette into four, split each piece open, cook a couple of boneless lamb steaks till they are brown and lightly charred, then slice them thickly. A little garlic leaf butter is melted in a pan and poured over the pieces of split baguette, then grilled till crisp round the edges. We then spread on a generous slather of mayonnaise and some slices of Taleggio, place the slices of hot lamb steak on top, then a little more garlic butter. The baguette pieces are closed and we tuck in, the melted garlic butter, mayonnaise and meat juices dribbling out of the crusty bread as we eat. We decide later that it is probably the best sandwich we have ever eaten."

This little recipe beautifully illustrates the reward to be had from taking time to re-imagine something mundane and transforming it into something out-of-this-world. It's not difficult, but it does require a loosening of the shoulders, and couple of deep breaths and the realisation that there *is* time; there's a whole world to discover out there (and actually it doesn't all have to be tackled at break-neck speed). Instead, Kitchen Diaries II offers us a look over Nigel's shoulder as he muses on everything from finding just the right wooden spoon to why he can't be "fiddle-arsing" around with little parcels of food, and would far rather have a simple salad and piece of grilled fish instead.

As in volume I, the book is arranged into the diary of a year, and again like the first volume is accompanied by exquisite photographs which have something of the quality of still-lives. The book is heavy and beautifully bound and the paper is re-assuringly thick. The end papers are marbled in effect, and even the type-face is carefully chosen (there's an interesting note about it in the back).

The book is humorous, engaging and difficult to put down. It's a sensory treat, just like the food it describes.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Visit from a Cooking Friend Nov. 17 2014
By Curmudgeon in the Kitchen - Published on
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This is the British edition of "Notes from a Larder." I would not have purchased it had I known that, as I had already bought "Notes from a Larder." Still, it is a very fine work. Slater does not so much present recipes (though the book contains plenty of them) as convey an attitude toward food that leads him to use ingredients in creative ways as they become available. Furthermore, he is an unfailingly interesting writer. Reading him is like visiting with a cooking friend. I recommend this, but if you are American, you may prefer to get "Notes from a Larder" as the measurements in the British edition are metric. On the other hand, if you like to weigh ingredients, as I do, this may be the choice for you.
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Nigel just keeps getting better Dec 3 2012
By skhanner - Published on
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This is good for its recipes and for its readerly ability. It is great in the kitchen and at the bedside table. Food porn-like pictures- caution!- you might want to lick the page.
Love this cookbook and have already made a few meals ... Aug. 23 2015
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Love this cookbook and have already made a few meals from it. Nigel Slater is amazing cook and write he tells a story that you can't wait to join in.
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Five Stars Dec 26 2014
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