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

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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.

  • 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 fudgy lemon cheesecake

    • FJT on February 20, 2022

      Yum! Very nice, rich cheesecake.

  • Cauliflower and orecchiette

  • Courgettes with pea sauce

    • Charlotte_vandenberg on January 10, 2022

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

  • Coq au Riesling

    • 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.

  • Roast lamb with za'atar and broad bean freekeh

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

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  • ISBN 10 0008213763
  • ISBN 13 9780008213763
  • 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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