4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars
A cookbook worth investing in, Dec 16 2004
As someone who has a lot of cookbooks, I must admit that I really do love this particular one. I especially love the fact that she gives 2 recipes for roasted turkey, 2 recipes for ham's and many other wonderful culinary treasures destined to be traditional fair for many people. The only reason why I did not give it a full 5 stars, is that in all honesty, Nigella Lawson did include recipes from her previous books. Too many for my own liking, but on the other hand it did not deter from all the new recipes given. Some of those recipes, like the Ham cooked in Coca cola included in book 1 and 3, did appear in this new installement, but it was modified enough to make it almost a brand new addition. Other recipes, for example, I have compared the chocolate cake recipe given in book 3, and the new one of "Feast" and I have concluded that they are different. So all in all, you are getting value in the pages. I would deffinitly recommend it for people as gifts, or for themselves.
In response to the first review, I would like to quote the author of this book as saying "My view on vegeterianism is much like my view on excercise, that it's all well enough and good just as long as someone else is doing it." (Please bear with me, as I'm relying on memory for this quote, so your more than welcome to look it up, I believe it was written in the first chapter of Christmas and Thanksgiving). I think that line does a very good job in telling us why there are simply not that many vegeterian recipes (or so many meat recipes) in this particular book.
Again, it's all about personal tastes. I am looking foreward to trying to Super Juicy Turkey, gingerbread stuffing, chocolate gingerbread, etc. Reading "Feast" really makes me enthusiastic about cooking, and really, isn't that one of the purposes of a good cookbook?