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I make more savoury dishes than I do sweet ones but I don't like this book as much as How to Be a Domestic Goddess nor as much as Feast which reuses recipes from previous titles. This book is very much like her first show that aired on American tv. I agree with many of her conclusions about ingredients and methods and eating style but I can understand why some reviewers gave this book the lowest rating. I'm happy I own a paperback secondhand (a dollar cheaper than a hardcover secondhand) but although I like this book for myself I would not feel comfortable recommending this title over Feast to anyone. If there is one recipe that works for me, it would be the not uncommon recipe for salmon fishcakes that allows me to use leftover salmon. I hate to waste salmon especially knowing that we may not have any more wild fish to enjoy in a few decades. This is a title that I would suggest to be scanned in a bookstore before buying rather than relying on reviews.
I am disappointed with the format of the book. It is hard to keep the book open to follow a recipe when trying to execute it. The print runs in the gutter... I would have liked to see photos of the completed recipes. The format of this book is more like a conversation/novel as opposed to a cookbook.
This book is original publication which is better than revised edition, bought revised on kindle by mistake then searched for this copy online book is used but in great condition, free postage as well, cannot fault purchase, this will be good addition to cook book library.
This book is written more as a narrative about eating rather than specific cooking receipes. I started reading it properly and found it easy to read and I think it would be worth going through it cover to cover - I just don't have the time when I am at home and it is too bulky to take on holiday. I bought it for an ice cream receipe that my sister-in-law made and that is great. I may get round to trying out a few others if I can be bothered to find them.
How to Eat ist mehr ein Küchenhandbuch als ein reines Kochbuch. Außer den mehr als hundert Rezepten finden sich zahlreiche Tipps und Hinweise zur Vorratshaltung, zum geschickten Einkaufen und effizenten (also zeitsparenden) Kochen. Außerdem verstehen sich viele Rezepte eher als Ideen und nicht als sklavische Anleitungen und fördern damit die Selbständigkeit und Kreativität des Kochs. Die Rezepte werden in verschiedene Kategorien wie Basic, Low Fat, Weekend Lunch etc. eingeteilt. Besonders gefällt mir der Abschnitt mit Rezepten für eine oder zwei Personen. Schnelle Gerichte, deren Zutatenmengen bereits für wenige Esser bemessen sind. Insgesamt ein empfehelendswertes Kochbuch für Anfänger und Fortgeschrittene. Einziger Mangel, es gibt überhaupt keine Bilder und bei der vorliegenden Ausgabe handelt es sich um die Amerikanische also falsche Maßangaben! Hätte besser gekennzeichnet werden sollen!
Don't know why I didn't read How to Eat the first time round.....missed it somehow but have made up for this oversight by purchasing the Anniversary Edition. It is a wonderful book from which to cook and through which to enjoy the stories of a family kitchen. I've kept it by my bedside and read it as one would a novel....marking recipes I want to try as I go along. I can't say that I've got on particularly well with Nigella's book in the past, but this is a joy and a classic.
I was initially put off by the format of How to Eat. There's lots of chit-chat and paragraphs of text mixed together with the recipes, and the recipes are not divided up into sections that make logical sense to my brain. I wouldn't be able to simply flip through the book and find the recipe for Exceptional Salmon (which WAS exceptional) or The Tenderest Chicken (which WAS extraordinarily tender). Layout aside, I've cooked about 20 recipes from this book, and my whole family loved nearly all of them. They were easy dishes to throw together, even with a two year old distracting me, and they simply taste good. My only minor complaint is that there are a lot of recipes for game birds and cuts of meat that I don't have access to. That's not really a complaint about the book. More about the area I live in. Still, if I'd known that ahead of time, I might have bought a different one of her books.
I was shocked to see that the "Vintage Classics Anniversary" paperback edition of How to Eat is a cheap and nasty copy! The pages are so small that the edges of words have actually been cut off on some of the pages. The margins are tiny which makes the book hard to read and there is no room to make notes on recipes. It is so thick and small that it won't stay open on the worktop for the user to follow a recipe. The print in this version is all in black without the colour headings and subjects which make the original so easy to follow and use. It looks to me like the publisher has cut every corner possible to produce this as cheaply as they can. I returned it and bought the hard back version which I am happy to say is a copy of the original, a million times better than the paperback and well worth the extra cost.