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Cookbook Review: Simply Nigella Feel Good Food

Last month, we had the special privilege of attending Live Talks LA with Guest Nigella Lawson.  She was interviewed by Russ Parsons of the LA Times and had so many great things to say about cooking and her career.  Did you know she was a journalist before she found a career in food?  We are huge fans of Ms. Lawson and while at this event we were thrilled to get a copy of her new cookbook, “Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food” and we fell in love with her all over again.

Not only is her writing style pleasant to read, but her recipes in this new book are very approachable.  She covers everything from easy snacks to desserts.  We were able to even taste some of the recipes at the Live Talks events including the sweet potato and chickpea dip and it was sensational!

The thing about Nigella is that her recipes are careful.  She puts a lot of tenderness and patience into her recipes until they are just right.  This is her gift.  During her interview she spoke of how essentially she just wants to feed people, nourish them.  That is where her ambition to cook comes from.  It isn’t from a desire to be the world’s best chef.  Her recipes are honest.

Simply Nigella, her 10th cookbook, is broken into several chapters: Quick and Calm, BowlFood, Dine, Breathe, Sides, Sweet and Beginnings.  This is a lovely assortment of recipes for cooks of all skills.  She spent time in Thailand while working on this book, which is reflected in several recipes.  It is clear that the flavors of Thailand were a source of inspiration.  The book also includes new twists on classic dishes such as a chicken traybake with bitter orange and fennel or breakfast banana bread with cardamom and cocao nibs.

We have noted some stand-out recipes for you…

  • Indian Spiced Shepherd’s Pie
  • Thai Noodles With Cinnamon and Shrimp
  • Chile, Ginger, and Garlic Sauce
  • Apricot Almond Cake with Rosewater and Cardamom
  • Salted Chocolate Tart
  • Baked French Toast with Plums and Pecans

This cookbook would make the perfect gift for someone…yourself perhaps?

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