Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home

Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home

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By (author) Nigella Lawson

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  • Publisher: CHATTO & WINDUS
  • Format: Hardback | 512 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 248mm x 50mm | 1,860g
  • Publication date: 2 September 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0701184604
  • ISBN 13: 9780701184605
  • Illustrations note: 400 colour photographs
  • Sales rank: 1,671

Product description

Compendious, informative and engaging, Kitchen offers feel-good food for cooks and eaters that is comforting but always seductive, nostalgic but with a modern twist - whether express-way easy-exotic recipes for the weekday rush, leisurely slow-cook dishes for weekends and special occasions, or irresistible cakes and cookies in true "domestic goddess" style. It answers everyday cooking quandaries - what to give the kids for tea, how to rustle up a meal for friends or an impromptu kitchen party in moments, or what to do about those black bananas, wrinkled apples and bullet-hard plums - and since real cooking is so often about leftovers, here one recipe can morph into another...from ham hocks to pea soup and pasties, from braised chicken to Chinatown salad. This isn't just about being thrifty but about being creative and seeing how recipes evolve. As well as offering the reader a mouthwatering array of inspired new recipes - from clams with chorizo to Guinness gingerbread, from Asian braised beef to flourless chocolate lime cake, from Pasta ala Genovese to Venetian carrot cake - Nigella rounds up her kitchen kit must-haves (and, crucially, what isn't needed) in the way of equipment and magical standby ingredients. But above all, she reminds the reader how much pleasure there is to be had in real food and in reclaiming the traditional rhythms of the kitchen, as she cooks to the beat of the heart of the home, creating simple, delicious recipes to make life less complicated. The expansive, lively narrative, with its rich feast of food, makes this new work a natural 21st-century successor to Nigella's classic How To Eat, this time with a wealth of photographs from the instructive to the glorious, and accompanied by a BBC TV series. 190 recipes, including over 60 express-style at 30 minutes or under.

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Author information

Nigella Lawson is the author of bestselling books - How to Eat ('may just be the best cookery book ever' Daily Telegraph), How to be a Domestic Goddess (British Book Awards 2001), Nigella Bites (WHSmith Award 2002) Forever Summer ('images of warmth and Mediterranean climes' Time Out), Feast, ('a voluptuous and delicious piece of food writing' Guardian), Nigella Express (no. 1 bestseller with over 1 million sales), Nigella Christmas ('everything to make your Christmas sparkle' Independent) and Nigellissima - which, together with her successful TV series and her recent iPhone App, Nigella Quick Collection, have made hers a household name around the world. She lives in London with her family.

Customer reviews

By Hannah Jermyn 09 Dec 2012 5

Another magical tome from Nigella Lawson. And again, I found her wit so enjoyable that I read it like a novel.

It is of course filled with delicious (and ingenius) dishes. And I was particularly impressed with her cocktail suggestions towards the end.

If you appreciate "real" food, and find solace in cooking, than this is for you. It is a little more special than some of her other books with dishes designed for special occasions. But the emphasis is still on making food and cooking enjoyable for all involved.

Of all her books, this one (and Nigellissima: Instant Italian Inspiration or How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking) is on my must-haves list.

By Coby G 13 Nov 2010 5

Having made over 50 recipes from this book in a short space of time, and still itching to try more, I can say with utter certainty this book is a winner. Genuine family-friendly meals for the most part, and realistic too, I've found everything turning out just as wonderfully as expected.

I love that I can 'hear' Nigella explaining details of a recipe with all the wonderful humour and charm that make me feel as if it's my dearest friend in the kitchen with me.

The Grasshopper Pie has been a huge hit, the 'Roast Chook' is simple and comforting, the Chocolate Chip Cookies are so good, I always do a double batch to stash some in the freezer, and Greek Lamb Chops is easily great value in terms of (no) effort for those time poor days, for such (delicious) results. The tips for freezing, make-ahead and dealing with leftovers are invaluable. This is, for me, the cookbook I never knew I always needed.

By Naomi & Steve Ager 29 Sep 2010 5

I've had this book for a couple of weeks now and half a dozen recipes made and the book read cover to cover several times, I can say I LOVE IT! The crustless pizza alone is amazing and new turkey recipes are a hit here. As always, Nigella is unapologetically real with meals the family really want to eat and you want to cook. Another worthwhile cook book to inspire and read!

By Silvia Li 15 Sep 2010 5

just received this book today, totally love it!! can't wait to try some new recipes!

Review quote

"Her touch is light and whimsical, yet eminently practical" -- Sybil Kapoor Country Life "It's another blockbuster with a wide range of hearty and wholesome family recipes... Nice touches are notes on preparing ahead, freezing and in some cases advice on how to turn leftovers into salads and soups" Daily Express