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Had high expectations from all the hype, but it’s mostly a picture-less book about food with very ordinary writing and quite a few old-school, boring recipes. Expected a lot more from Nigela. Maybe it just doesn’t hold up to the far more exciting and original books of today.
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 indeed a good read. I love Nigella's philosophy on eating and cooking and her excitement for both is clear throughout the anecdotes and conversation-like "instructions." You can get some good pointers in this book, if you're in search of some that is, on how to find pleasure in eating, cooking, and life in general. As to the actual cooking aspects, this book does give you a good start as to what to do about some of the basic stuff on cooking, such as making stock, sauces, roasting, freezing and storing foods, etc. But other than the basic stuff, the other recipes are just not very appealing, and some just sound wierd--not what you would really make for everyday home cooking. I like the book, and will keep it as a reference, though I doubt I will refer to it regularly.
Disappointing - I have been ordering 2nd hand copies of cookbooks all in perfect conditionn - this was supposed to be a new one which sadly had a crushed corner where it must have been dropped or chucked about. Great contents though so I can't be bothered to go through the replacement route - sad that people don't seem to value books anymore and treat them like this!
A decent cookbook, full of nice recipes. But I found her choice of exotic ingredients which can easily be substituted with common ones without harm to the finished product to be n=both tedious and pretentious. As I said, it is a good first cookbook, but it soon becomes obvious to a fan like me that Nigella settled down to write much better later.
this book is the quintessential cookery book, I've had it for years its the rock that i turn to when stuck in a culinary rut, her writing technique is pleasant and well read, i think that her recipes are simple to follow yet complex enough to leave your guests amazed. "well recommended a must for any foodie"