Hyperion, 2002 (2002)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
s she is quick to point out, Nigella Lawson is not a chef. Nor, although she has a TV series in England, is she a performer. She is instead a mother of two, who cooks for herself and recommends to others what she eats. As a career woman, of necessity, she fixes quick meals. She contends that such meals need not be bland and uninteresting. In
, the author gives recipes and instructions for inspired meals - full of flavor, color and comfort.
Orange Breakfast Muffins
convinced me - lovely; also the
. I've never had kedgeree, but I would like to try her recipe. The
Apple and Blackberry Kuchen
has to be a winner. I have my own recipe for
Salmon Fish Cakes
(which Nigella considers comfort food) but think I'd like hers more.
Stovetop Rice Pudding
would provide lots of comfort for me - especially if I threw in a hand full of raisins. The
Chocolate Fudge Cake
comes with the notation that it will serve 10 - or one broken heart!
igella's idea of TV dinners bears little resemblance to what is found in the frozen food section of your grocery store. Instead try
Mozzarella in Carrozza
; a grand version of Fried Mozarella.
Linguine with Garlic Oil and Pancetta
(bacon) seems elegant but easy.
Bitter Orange Ice Cream
begs to be tried. For parties, how about
Pigs in a Blanket
for dipping veggies, and the
Union Square Cafe's Bar Nuts
(cheese) is certainly different and would spark up any party table with its color.
ainy Day cooking includes
Pasta with Meatballs
, a vegetarian
Soft and Sharp Involtini
(must try this),
Pasta E Fagioli
Rainy Day Cookies
. Nigella updates old recipes with success. She says, '
You can plunder the past without scorning the present.
Ham in Coca-Cola
stopped me for a minute. But, hey, it's in her
turned my head. But
Deep Fried Candy Bars with Pineapple
went overboard in my humble estimation.
section is filled with recipes from old cookbooks, from her grandmother's kitchen diary and memories of food eaten at her mother's table.
Ginger-Jam Bread and Butter Pudding
would make a hit with my grandchildren as well as myself. The Suppertime suggestions look and sound wonderful -
Redfish with Anchovies and Thyme
Chick Peas with Chilies, Garlic and Thyme
and both married to an
Egyptian Tomato Salad
that sounds divine. Finish the meal with
. Friends will be vying for invites to your dinner table.
holds more great recipes, like
Peppers with Feta and Almonds
Slow Roasted Aromatic Shoulder of Pork
- pampering yourself - Nigella includes a hangover cure that sounds ghastly. As she says, '
What doesn't kill you will make you stronger
.' I have to admit that the recipes in this section wouldn't be my first choice to perk myself up, but that doesn't mean others won't find them saviors. The fruit recipes, though, would more than lift my spirits.
he author uses a lot of oil, heavy cream, sugar and butter in recipes; also fatty meats. This is my only objection to a really wonderful cookbook with innovative recipes and glorious photographs. '
Anything in moderation
' might be the key words here.
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