by Nigel Slater
Nigel Slater's inspirational guide to home cooking.`I want you to take in the spirit of the recipes and to deviate according to your ingredients and your feelings.
I urge you to break the rules. I want you to follow your appetite.'Inspiring and irresistible, `Appetite' takes a hundred simple classics and casts aside the insecurities of normal recipes.
Ingredients are listed, followed by a suggestion of how much you might need, i.e. `double cream - start with 100 ml then see how you go'.
Readers will be liberated to use their own judgement, indeed actively encouraged to skip half the ingredients for pared-down versions that will teach them the essence of a dish.
Recipe titles reflect this approach - `a cheap spaghetti supper', `a big pork roast', `a curry to make you sweat'.
Slater's typically unpretentious style and ready wit put the fun back into food.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages, (250 colour integ.)
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 01/10/2001
- Category: General cookery & recipes
- ISBN: 9781841154701
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Review by experimentalis
my favourite cookbook
Review by presto
This is what a cookery book should be, not a collection of recipes that one is supposed to follow to the letter, but a guide to cooking with recipes offered as a basis with which to work; Nigel Slater positively encourages you to adapt them to your taste or whatever you have in your kitchen store. He talks about food and cooking, and dispels many of the traditional myths. He suggests keeping things simple - not too many ingredients, not too many herbs or spices (with a few stated exceptions); he is not afraid to speak his mind nor express his likes and dislikes. The book is beautifully illustrated, almost every page has a full colour photograph or photographs on the facing page showing the completed dish and sometimes the various stages of its production. The quality of the photographs is first class. The recipes are clearly described and invariable each has a few words of introduction or explanation highlighting particular aspects of the recipe or its ingredients. For me this is the perfect cookbook, I've always tended to vary recipes, sometimes to the complaints of others who say that the resultant dish is cannot be authentic! Well, now I have an excellent precedent.