COOK, EAT, REPEAT
By Nigella Lawson
'Food, for me, is a constant pleasure: I like to think greedily about it, reflect deeply on it, learn from it; it provides comfort, inspiration, meaning and beauty, as well as sustenance and structure. More than just a mantra, "cook, eat, repeat'is the story of my life.'
COOK EAT REPEAT is a delicious and delightful combination of recipes intertwined with narrative essays about food, all written in Nigella's engaging and insightful prose. Whether talking about the evolution and meaning of the recipe in 'What is a Recipe?'- 'a recipe, much like a novel, is a living collaboration between writer and reader. And in both both cases, it is the reader who keeps it alive'- or exploring the heinous notion of the guilty pleasure in 'Death to the Guilty Pleasure', Nigella is by turns characteristically informative, intelligent, thought-provoking and amusing.
'The recipes I write come from my life, my home', says Nigella, and in this book Nigella shares the rhythms and rituals of her kitchen through over fifty new recipes that make the most of her favourite ingredients. Dedicated chapters include 'A is for Anchovy' (a celebration of the bacon of the sea), 'Beetroot and Me', 'A Vegan Feast', a shout out for 'Brown Food', a very relatable 'How To Invite People for Dinner Without Hating Them (or Yourself)', plus new ideas for Christmas. Within these chapters are recipes for all seasons and tastes: Burnt Onion and Aubergine Dip; Butternut with Chilli, Ginger and Beetroot Sauce; Brown Butter Colcannon; Spaghetti with Chard and Anchovies; Beef Cheeks with Port and Chestnuts; Oxtail Bourguignon; and Wide Noodles with Lamb in Aromatic Broth, to name a few. Those with a sweet tooth will delight in Rhubarb and Custard Trifle; Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake; Rice Pudding Cake, and Cherry and Almond Crumble.