A Cook’s Book: The Essential Nigel Slater by Nigel Slater

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    • Categories: Dressings & marinades; Cooking ahead; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: red wine vinegar; olive oil; store-cupboard ingredients
    • Categories: Sauces, general; Cooking ahead; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: egg yolks; groundnut oil; olive oil; store-cupboard ingredients
    • Categories: Dressings & marinades; Asian; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: mirin; white miso paste; honey; groundnut oil
    • Categories: Dressings & marinades; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: lemon juice; za'atar; store-cupboard ingredients
    • Categories: Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: lemons
    • Categories: Quick / easy; Sauces, general; Cooking ahead
    • Ingredients: basil; parsley; mint; anchovy fillets; capers
    • Categories: Quick / easy; Sauces, general; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: yoghurt; tahini; basil
    • Categories: Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: yoghurt; cucumbers; pumpkin seeds; white sesame seeds; black sesame seeds
    • Categories: Soups; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: butternut squash; shallots; sweet paprika; hot smoked paprika; vegetable stock; chestnut mushrooms; fresh ginger; soured cream
    • Categories: Soups; Asian
    • Ingredients: pumpkins; chicken stock; coconut milk; nam pla; tamari; lime juice; dried noodles of your choice; red bird's eye chillies; fresh ginger; lemongrass; turmeric; coriander roots; coriander leaves; groundnut oil; sesame oil; mint
    • Categories: Soups
    • Ingredients: dried cannellini beans; bay leaves; thyme sprigs; pancetta; carrots; swedes; celery; leeks; Parmesan rind; Parmesan cheese; parsley
    • Categories: Quick / easy; Soups
    • Ingredients: pancetta; tinned chopped tomatoes; chicken stock; tinned haricot beans; spaghetti pasta; parsley; extra virgin olive oil
    • Categories: Soups; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: split red lentils; cumin seeds; black peppercorns; cardamom pods; fresh ginger; turmeric; chillies; groundnut oil; yellow mustard seeds; tomato purée; tomatoes; tamarind paste; yoghurt; mint; coriander leaves; curry leaves
    • Categories: Soups; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: onions; brown mushrooms; parsley; Puy lentils; stock; spinach; mint; lemons; double cream
    • Categories: Soups
    • Ingredients: spring onions; flat-leaf parsley; potatoes; peas; chicken stock; wasabi paste
    • Categories: Soups; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: leeks; cauliflower; vegetable stock; bay leaves; parsley; sourdough bread; melting cheese
    • Categories: Soups; Winter; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: onions; carrots; celery; milk; vegetable stock; hard cider (alcohol); cheddar cheese; thickly-sliced bread; parsley
    • Categories: Soups; American
    • Ingredients: leeks; smoked streaky bacon; mussels; white vermouth; potatoes; double cream; bay leaves; thyme sprigs; parsley
    • Categories: Quick / easy; Soups; Cooking for 1 or 2
    • Ingredients: chicken stock; lemongrass; lime leaves; prawn dumplings; fish sauce; coriander leaves
    • Categories: Soups; Spanish; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: tomatoes; red peppers; yellow peppers; red onions; cucumbers; spring onions; sherry vinegar; smoked paprika; caster sugar
    • Categories: Bread & rolls, savory
    • Ingredients: wholemeal flour; plain flour; bicarbonate of soda; caster sugar; golden linseeds; sunflower seeds; pumpkin seeds; buttermilk
    • Categories: Bread & rolls, savory; Vegan
    • Ingredients: plain white bread flour; instant dried yeast
    • Categories: Bread & rolls, savory
    • Ingredients: plain flour; fast-acting yeast; kefir; feta cheese; rosemary sprigs; thyme sprigs
    • Categories: Bread & rolls, savory; Summer; Italian; Vegan
    • Ingredients: easy-bake yeast; caster sugar; strong white bread flour; marinated green olives; thyme sprigs; sea salt flakes
    • Categories: Bread & rolls, savory; Quick / easy; Middle Eastern
    • Ingredients: strong white bread flour; caster sugar; instant yeast; kefir; za'atar

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  • Pasta, pesto and peas

    • Jane on January 14, 2022

      This a good standby supper for me as I always have the ingredients in stock (cubes of pesto in the freezer from summer basil surplus). It's not very exciting but for a quick store-cupboard meal it is quite acceptable. Next time I will try it with a smaller pasta such as fusilli or gemelli.

  • Braised chicken with leeks, orzo, peas and parsley

    • Jane on January 25, 2022

      I loved this. Very straightforward to make, definitely a weeknight dinner and the results were so good. I used gf orzo to accommodate my gf son and my thighs were skin-off but none of that mattered. Onto my favorites list.

    • Hansyhobs on March 04, 2022

      Very similar to the Nigella recipe. Should have used a bigger pot as I went to a lot of effort to get the chicken skin crispy and then everything kinda sunk in the pot and lost the crisp. Still very tasty and would do again

  • My very good chocolate brownie recipe

    • IvyManning on February 15, 2022

      Too rich and sweet for us.

  • Grilled sausages, herbed chickpea mash

  • Courgettes and orecchiette

    • Astrid5555 on February 04, 2023

      Had some zucchini lingering in the fridge and did not expect much from this dish. However, much more than the sum of its parts, really delicious and weeknight friendly.

  • Pappardelle with mushrooms and harissa

    • Astrid5555 on November 29, 2021

      Delicious, quick and easy home-office lunch pasta!

    • Charlotte_vandenberg on January 07, 2022

      Delicious and easy, must admit I added two tablespoons of crème fraiche to make it a little less spicy for the kids.

  • A spicy red lentil soup

    • FJT on September 27, 2022

      Nice soup with just the right amount of spice.

    • Ganga108 on August 31, 2022

      Red lentil soups abound, but this recipe happened to be the one that stood out when I was looking for a quick lunch dish. True to Slater's style, this is an easy dish to put together and cooks in 25 mins. It has Indian flavours reminiscent of Rasam, without being classic Indian. Loved it.

  • A fudgy lemon cheesecake

    • FJT on February 20, 2022

      Yum! Very nice, rich cheesecake.

  • Coq au Riesling

    • Tashb on November 09, 2022

      This was the first recipe I ever made from Nigel Slater from his previous cookbook; and it's such a winner. We've made this repeatedly - delicious with fresh ciabatta out the oven!

    • Charlotte_vandenberg on January 10, 2022

      This recipe had no mentioning of time! At least, it says a minute after addition of cream. However we reduced the liquid pretty much to a third, it was delicous. Nice and creamy and comforting.

  • Blackcurrant focaccia

    • danibattle on September 08, 2022

      Wonderful. I made two small trays of this, one to freeze. Defrosted and gently warmed and served with a very ripe brie it was a lovely addition to a celebration table. Beautiful and tasty!

  • Cauliflower and orecchiette

  • Courgettes with pea sauce

    • Charlotte_vandenberg on January 10, 2022

      Not hard to make, pretty green side dish and tastes good.

  • Roast lamb with za'atar and broad bean freekeh

  • Sautéed chicken salad with cider and watercress

    • Charlotte_vandenberg on July 29, 2022

      Made this for a week night supper, unfortunately there was no water cress. Stil this came together very well, was easy to make and we thought it was very good. Definitely making it again.

  • The light, creamy, black-capped 'Basque' cheesecake

    • Charlotte_vandenberg on August 21, 2022

      Everybody at the party loved this cheesecake. It looks pretty and the texture is perfect.

  • A thin, simple cheese and onion tart

    • Charlotte_vandenberg on January 10, 2022

      Agree with Pimlicocook, addition of pepper is a good idea. Perfect comfort food.

    • Pimlicocook on November 13, 2021

      Made this again for the first time in maybe a decade, or longer. Curiously, there’s no mention of seasoning anywhere in the recipe, which may be right for the rich, soothing flavours, though I preferred a sprinkle of sea salt and pepper at the end. Crisp salad on the side works well.

  • Pasta with spicy sausage, basil and mustard

    • Lepa on January 12, 2022

      This is easy and pretty addictive. I bought the wrong kind of sausage and had a very had time getting the skin off so I'll buy another kind next time but I know there will be a next time!

    • Pimlicocook on November 13, 2021

      Nigel’s most popular pasta recipe, apparently - comfort food at its best. I liked it well enough, but it might be a bit too creamy to be a favourite - and as someone who doesn’t eat much meat, I was grateful to have broccoli on the side.

  • A quick pancetta and bean soup with spaghetti

    • Lepa on March 07, 2022

      This was really disappointing. The tomatoes never broke down (I would recommend using crushed instead of diced if you make this) and the soup felt like a thin broth with random chewy bits. The pancetta, in particular, ended up tasting chewy because it had been simmered and that seemed to make it tough.

  • Roast parsnips and carrots with soy and honey

    • boncie on January 29, 2023

      I made double the recipe but I should not have doubled the amount of red pepper flakes, it was way too hot for me, although my son liked it! Otherwise, really nice flavour!

  • Oat, nut and seed flapjacks

    • Wazzockbeak on December 18, 2021

      This is my favourite flapjack recipe ever and I have tried lots!

  • Pea and parsley soup

    • Indio32 on October 24, 2021

      Was OK but nothing to write home about. Used a homemade chicken stock and frozen petits pois as fresh aren't in season. Will be having it for lunch tomorrow so will see if it improves with age.

  • Sweet potato and lentil 'shepherd's' pie

    • zjchristensen on January 19, 2023

      Not my favourite - Texture was a bit too homogenous, I’d prefer something like puy lentils for a bit more bite and probably a different set of spices.

  • Sausages and sauce

    • Daniela164 on July 29, 2022

      Lindi made this with very good Italian sausages from the butcher. Simple, but totally delicious

  • Chicken and leek pie

    • Hansyhobs on May 08, 2022

      Nice chicken pie and the pastry turned out well but I personally prefer my own take on a chicken and leek pie

  • Baked onions, Taleggio sauce

    • Hansyhobs on February 27, 2023

      I had some leftover taleggio so decided to make this to go alongside roast chicken. Delicious and very easy to do alongside a roast.

  • A big pie for a winter's day

    • ozfoodie on June 17, 2022

      Used a combination of parsnips and white potato for the topping. A pleasant meal that lacked a bit of flavour oomph in my opinion. Definitely need to season well! Served 10 for us.

  • Potato wedges with burrata

    • Ganga108 on August 30, 2022

      Nigel Slater's food is always suitable for weeknight dishes as well. This one it terrific, and I happened to have everything in the pantry and fridge. Who doesn't like baked wedges?? So good. I can also imagine all sorts of variations on this recipe. Cumin and pepper wedges. Kasundi instead of the salsa. Even a nice, Italian mixture of tomatoes, garlic, olives, eggplants or zucchini, cooked down and cooled to room temp, instead of the salsa.

  • Burnt lemons

    • Ganga108 on August 21, 2022

      Easy. Delish.

  • Baked aubergines with gochujang and tomatoes

    • Ganga108 on March 24, 2023

      I love the way Nigel's recipes always feels like he looks around the kitchen and says "So, I have a couple of cans of lentils, ditto for tomatoes. There's an eggplant from the garden. Oh, and some gochujang in the fridge. What can I make? Now let me write that down for my next book." This really is a lovely dish, very home-y, and quite versatile. Tonight I made it with black urad dal and I used chipotle instead of gochujang. It was delicious. The eggplant is soft and creamy, and the heat level was just right. It made quite a lot. I served with a slice of Danish feta and a sweet Indian eggplant chutney. I know - eggplant on eggplant - but it worked! The sweetness of the chutney complimented the lentils perfectly. [***UPDATE***: I had divided the mixture into two small baking dishes - it was even better 2 nights later when we had the 2nd one. So the mix can be made ahead of time and baked with the topping when required. Yum.]

  • Damson ice cream

    • Ganga108 on January 07, 2023

      This is the first recipe I am making from this very special book this year, even tho it also appears in at least another of his other books (Tender Vol 2). I made it using tinned alphonso mango puree instead of the plums, omitted the sugar and added the juice of half a lemon. There is a heatwave here and it is divine eating on this 39C day.

  • Lemon ice cream

    • Ganga108 on January 16, 2023

      I can't rave about this ice cream enough! Delicious in yet another heatwave here. I used a mix of store-bought custard (left over from xmas) and yoghurt for the yoghurt component. For the lemon juice I blended up juice of 1 lemon, some whole cumquats, lemon and lime zest, mint, makrut lime leaves, lemon verbena leaves - until the leaves were very fine. I also added a slug of dry vermouth to keep the ice cream a little softer. This is one of our favourites from now on.

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  • ISBN 10 0008213763
  • ISBN 13 9780008213763
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  • Published Oct 14 2021
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 416
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher 4th Estate

Publishers Text

A Cook’s Book is the story of Nigel Slater’s life in the kitchen . . . from the first jam tart Nigel made with his mum standing on a chair trying to reach the Aga, through to what he is cooking now. He writes about how his cooking has changed from discovering the trick to whipping cream perfectly, to the best way to roast a chicken. He gives the tales behind the recipes and recalls the first time he ate a baguette in Paris and his first slice of buttercream-topped chocolate cake.

These are the favourite recipes Nigel Slater cooks at home every day; the heart and soul of his cooking. Chapters include: the solace of soup, everyday dinners, a feast of green and a slice of tart. Then there are, of course, the ultimate puddings and cakes with sections on the silence of cheesecake and biscuits, friands and the brownie. This is Nigel Slater at his finest.

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