So, in complete contrast to Jamie's 15-Minute Meals, I come to Nigel Slater's Kitchen Diaries II (and, yes, there is room in my life for both of these books but Nigel Slater wins hands down for writing, recipes and inspiring food enjoyment).
Here is a passage from the introduction, "We can either treat food as nothing more than fuel or relish its every quality. We can think of preparing it as something to get done as quickly and effortlessly as possible or as something to find pleasure in, something to enrich our everyday life, to have fun with".
This is a beautiful book. It feels heavy, it has a beautiful typeface, evocative photographs and, above all, writing which makes me lose all sense of time.
The book arrived the day after it's publication which happened to be a Friday - my meal planning day - perfect. I was torn between getting started cooking from it straight away or placating my OCD side by waiting until the 1st of January to work through it in order. My greedy side won, of course.
I have now made several recipes from the book, all very successful. The first Kitchen Diaries gets used a lot for inspiration. I pick it up and flick to the date then go back about a month (up here the days get warmer and therefore produce becomes available that much later), see what Nigel would be eating around that time and copy or adapt. I can see me using this book in a similar way. I will also read a bit each night like I did with the last one. I believe there are a lot of us fans who take Nigel Slater books to bed with us!
So here are a few pictures of some of the recipes I have tried so far...
|Tomatoes, pre-roasting, for the Roast Tomatoes, Thyme and Goat's Cheese.|