In Appetite, popular UK cookbook author and food writer Nigel Slater’s aim is to give us the confidence and tools to create our own pleasures with food, to find comfort in the kitchen. Appetite is not about getting it right or wrong; it is about liking what you cook. His aim is true and his love of food is infectious. His style is laid back, with no room for gimmicks or snobbery. And, Slater claims no special privilege as a chef, “If I can do it, so can you”. Not your standard organization, the hearty, unpretentious dishes (75 classic recipes with more than 125 variations) are presented in more relaxed sections such as, “new cooks survival guide, recipes for a quick, soothing weekday cheese and pasta supper”… this is relaxed cooking. There are plenty of ideas—not just recipes—for what to eat when friends are coming over. Slater firmly believes your friends come over for home cooking—if you want restaurant food, go to a restaurant.
Slater encourages readers—helped along with straightforward instruction and around 200 great photos of finished dishes—to follow their instincts not recipes, to experiment and break the rules. With Appetite he gets home cooks a little closer to doing just that, all the while putting a smile on our faces with his wonderful way with a phrase. Nigel says it best with his introduction to Pasta with Broccoli and Gorgonzola (seriously ripe), “No matter which recipes I hold dear, the most downright useful are those weekday pasta recipes whose sauces cook in less time than the pasta takes to boil. Is this book invaluable or what?”
Simplify your cooking—simplify your life. Now that is something we could all aspire to, and why Nigel Slater’s Appetite is one of our most loved cookbooks.
“If you decide to go through life without cooking you are missing something very, very special. You are losing out on one of the greatest pleasures you can have with your clothes on.”—Nigel Slater
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