I'm here today, as promised, to share my review of Nigella Lawson's new book, Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food.
Aaaaah, Nigella, lovely Nigella! How can anyone not like her recipes? Heart-warming and soul-tingling, click through to see more of my obsession over Nigella's old kitchen, or a book review of Nigellissima.
Simply Nigella is the book that accompanies the very welcome return of Nigella Lawson to the BBC. She says 'What and how we cook can make our lives easier, make us feel better and more alive.'
The book and the show focuses on her new stronger, healthier self without ever feeling that you're learning from a dieting pro! It's obvious from the stunning photos that Nigella has morphed shape, to become a slimmer, svelter version of her more rounded past self, and these recipes reflect that.
Gone are the lashings of cream, butter, sugar and flour....but these are not cast aside altogether, rather, the feel-good factors of alternatives are evangelised: the sweetness of apricots and dates, the grainy goodness of polenta,....
Although I do have to be entirely up front and say that I miss the recipes of old - that happy wife at the heart of the home feeling - I also have to raise my glass to Nigella, in what must have been an impossible couple of years for her, and see that she has risen once again from enormous hardship and, to be frank, that's probably more of a lesson to us all than any Super Woman hero worship.
The recipes themselves are in her usual chatty style and range from the simple (avocado-gate anyone? Though I love her for it...) to the more complicated (Butterflied Leg of Lamb) and I can tell you for a fact: Simply Nigella is a grower. The more you read it, and cook from it, the more you love it!
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