How to Eat by Nigella Lawson

How to Eat: the pleasures and principles of good food
Nigella Lawson
Published by Chatto and Windus
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Queen Nigella’s first and to my mind her best.

This is a serious piece of work: it’s eloquently written, with a huge number of recipes to suit the home cook, plus a series of menus to suit multiple occasions (I don’t know why publishers don’t seem more keen on menu-led books). Ideas for weekend lunches, dinner, cooking in advance, fast food, babies and small children, and more.

How to Eat is 7 or 8 books rolled into one – if I had to clear my shelves leaving only 10, this would make the cut.

(Last time I checked, this was only available in used 3rd party fom on Amazon, but I’m sure you can pick up copies elsewhere – a reason to visit your local bookshop.)

Who should have it?

Any level home cook.

Recipes to look out for

Ham in Coca-Cola; lamb and bean braise; pig’s bum pudding.

If you’re already a fan

The River Cottage Cookbook;  Simple by Diana Henry; Tender by Nigel Slater.