Cook, Eat, Repeat: Ingredients, Recipes and Stories

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Cook, Eat, Repeat: Ingredients, Recipes and Stories

Cook, Eat, Repeat: Ingredients, Recipes and Stories

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If you’re not fussy about food like I am, reading it really gets you excited about cooking and eating and all the joy you can get from food. I like cooking and over many decades, I’ve tried to understand ingredients and food from numerous different cultures. Can't comment too much on the recipes (although most of it looks and sounds delicious), but this is a fine example of literary cookery writing.

Lawson wrote a restaurant column for the Spectator and a comment column for The Observer and became deputy literary editor of the Sunday Times in 1986. It is also not the easiest binding to keep open at the chosen pages when the time comes to get in the kitchen and cook! Be patient, lift up and swirl the pan often and monitor it closely; as Tammy almost sang, Stand By Your Pan.

A whole big bunch of rich and yummy comfort foods - Lawson takes real pleasure in describing her recipes and just going elbows-deep into cooking, without a fret or a care. It is a series of wonderful essays about food and eating written by a passionate foodie and professional cook. Some of the recipes seem recycled ideas or borrowing from others (which is fine)- marzipan loaf, the banana and tahini bread, the NYT loaf, another lemon and almond cake- and overall an esoteric collection of ingredients that normally I would default as an 'Ottolenghi' move: marrowbone, celeriac, a lot of chestnuts.

If you've been cooking with Nigella over the years her prose is one of the joys, but I don't know what it is with this particular volume, it just wasn't there for me. I feel conflicted with this, while I worship the altar of Lawson and have cooked, and still do, many of her recipes over the years this one was not a hit with me. This is a wonderful book- in some senses it feels like a full circle back to the earlier books of How To Eat, Feast, Kitchen where you are hearing the voice of a friend talk you through a recipe ; however, this is that little bit more. I'm a vegetarian, and I was happy to see her tackling vegetarian and vegan cooking with gusto, and commenting on augmenting non-vegan recipes where possible (she is also realistic, saying she can't make every recipe vegetarian/vegan).When Lawson says 'Cook, Eat Repeat is the rhythm of my life', it's an invitation for you to dance in the everyday, too. It feels weird to say this, but a solo Nigella pottering in her house cooking meals for one and not entertaining and cooking for a bounty seems, perhaps yes, truthful and of the now (lock down, kids moving on etc) but like a jigsaw with missing pieces.

I don't know that I've read any of Nigella Lawson's cookbooks before, so I didn't have any expectations. This book - her greatest since How to Eat in 1998 - is about embracing the idea of cooking as a series of soothing rituals. Even though I might not make most of what is in here, I loved reading about her philosophy of food and its importance to ourselves and to the people around us. It is incredibly long-winded and while I could compare the format to How To Eat, maybe it was the design of the book or perhaps too many liberties taken with an editor but it - and believe me, I am stupefied myself that I am using this term with Lawson- dragged on and on. No quote sums it up better, IMO, than that from The Times:📝 'Twenty-two years after her first book, How To Eat, Nigella Lawson has produced what feels like its answer: Cook, Eat, Repeat.I associate ‘a new Nigella’ with Christmas, and I’ve spent many hours during that lazy week between Christmas and New Year’s leisurely reading my way through her latest cookbook. I've been slowly making my way through this, stealing moments in the day to read a few essays and recipes.

In the UK, you can purchase COOK EAT REPEAT from a number of retailers: Waterstones, Foyles and Blackwells. Those with a sweet tooth will delight in Rhubarb and Custard Trifle; Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake; Rice Pudding Cake; and Cherry and Almond Crumble. Writing a cookbook, especially one that envisions family gatherings and entertaining around a table of food must have been particularly challenging.I can at the end of all this, however, recommend the black forest brownies and the spiced bulgur wheat. There might be some tiny amount of jealousy, but mostly I love reading her thoughts on food and cooking.



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