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NIGELLA HAS DONE IT AGAIN
le 21 décembre 2004
I have read all Nigella's books (with the exception of Forever Summer) and have found them both helpful reference books and fascinating reading.
Feast is a book about celebration, abundance, and communion in the literal sense of the word, after all, what is a feast without people? Nigella amply displays her giving nature, her fixation with giving to others the thing which gives her so much pleasure...food. At the same time she clearly demonstrates her selfish and culinary dark side by admiting to solitary feasts (or indeed a deux) in the bedroom and one can only be amused at such an admission.
This book is about the richness of life, decadence, indulgence almost epicurianism, evocative of bygone traditions, it isn't for the health concious nor for vegetarians as previously pointed out. I agree with Nigella on this one...given the abundance of wonderful vegetables and diversity of their flavours and textures, why try and make them into "meat substitutes" by fiddling and sprauncing? Nigella is by no means "anti-vegetarian" and evidently understands that some of her guests will not want to eat meat, so, let them eat vegetables since her groaningly overfilled table will clearly contain an abundance of these.
Nigella is obviously about richness and not for the low fat cook, however, I have never known anyone not to be able to make a lower fat version of anything, unless they are trying to be difficult. Personally (and I shall probably be shot down in flames by some for this) I have never yet seen a low fat vegetarian FEAST.
I love this book and recommend it as both a helpful kitchen aid and wonderful bedside reading.