The Kitchen Diaries

A Year in the Kitchen With Nigel Slater

Slater, Nigel

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Kitchen Diaries
Brought back by popular demand. Beloved food writer Nigel Slater presents a yearlong record of his cooking and entertaining, as well as endearing culinary stories and witticisms. Nigel Slater writes about food in a way that stimulates the imagination, the heart, and the palate all at once. The Kitchen Diaries brings an especially personal ingredient to the mix, letting us glimpse into Nigel Slater's pantry, tour local farmers' markets with him, and savor even the simplest meals at his table. Recording twelve months in Nigel Slater's culinary life, The Kitchen Diaries shares seasonal dishes and the intriguing elements behind them. As someone who celebrates each visit to the cheese shop or butcher, he enthusiastically conveys the brilliant array of choices and views shopping as an adventure rather than a chore. If he feels like staying in, we spend the evening with him at his London flat, enjoying a creative combination of odds and ends from the fridge. A rainy day in February calls for a hearty stew; summertime finds him feasting on a simple lunch of baked tomatoes with grated Parmesan. No matter the season, The Kitchen Diaries offers a year-round invitation to cook and dine with the world's most irresistible lover of food.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Viking Studio, 2012, c2005
ISBN: 9780670026418
Branch Call Number: 641.5 S631k 2012
Characteristics: xi, 392 p. :,col. ill. ;,25 cm
Additional Contributors: Lovekin, Jonathan


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Somehow it's both soothing and inspiring to go through the year with Nigel Slater and find out what he cooks.

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Dec 11, 2014
  • hankypoo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of my favourite books. The recipes, the photos, and Nigel's way with words. It's like reading a really great novel.

Jan 05, 2010

This cookbook is a wonderful read - in the format of a diary, the focus is on seasonal eating and Nigel Slater's thoughts that day- mostly about food, sometimes not. It will be sad to return it to the library.

Since the book is British some items will not be in season here at the same time, or even readily available. Nonetheless, most of the recipes are simple, amenable to substitutions, have clear instructions and taste comforting. I discovered the title while perusing the Guardian's Best Food Books of the Decade list.


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