Sunday, 11 October 2015

Simply Nigella.....and some Nutella

Thursday 8th October has been a highlight in my diary for quite some time now. It was the date that Nigella Lawson's much awaited new book Simply Nigella would be published. I got an email on Tuesday saying it had been dispatched and much to my delight, it arrived on Wednesday - 24 hours early. 

I have been full of excitement about this - the build up has been amazing to watch - she would tweet photos of dishes that she had been testing and then other photos of her at the shoot - and it has been a while since her last book so that added to all the anticipation

I got a message from her on Tuesday with some exciting news.... Regular readers might remember that in November last year, I went to see her in conversation with Alain de Botton at the School of Life. And I gave her a jar of personalised Nutella with her name on it (thanks to Selfridges) and guess what ? The jar is in her new book.... The recipe is for Nutella Brownies... I am so happy !

I spent the entire evening leafing through its glorious pages not quite knowing where to start. Every recipe is accompanied by the most beautiful photography. This isn't just another cook book with recipes that we have seen before. You can tell that this book has been created with the same love and hard work that her other books also ooze. The recipes are unfussy / not complicated and don't contain ingredients that seem expensive or impossible to source - i.e. they are achievable, delicious and the end result won't disappoint. I have always admired Nigella's approach to food and eating and we have so much to learn from her. The book is divided into logical chapters and the recipes are easy to follow...

My favourite chapter is called "BREATHE". She writes as though having a conversation with you - and it makes everything much easier to follow and enjoyable to read.

Bravo to Nigella and I can hardly wait to use the book properly - Nutella Brownies are at the top of my list !

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