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Nigella Lawson

How to Eat
  • How to Eat

  • Relax and relish Nigella Lawson's delicious prose in her first, revelatory cookery book, published as a reading edition in Vintage Classics for the first time to celebrate twenty years of How to Eat.


    WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY JEANETTE WINTERSON

    ‘How to eat, how to cook, how to write: I want two copies of this book, one to reference in the kitchen and one to read in bed’ Yotam Ottolenghi

    When Nigella Lawson’s first book, How to Eat, was published in 1998, two things were immediately clear: that this fresh and fiercely intelligent voice would revolutionise cookery writing, and that How to Eat was an instant classic of the genre.

    Here was a versatile culinary bible, through which a generation discovered how to feel at home in the kitchen and found the confidence to experiment and adapt recipes to their own needs. This was the book to reach for when hastily organising a last-minute supper with friends, when planning a luxurious weekend lunch or contemplating a store-cupboard meal for one, or when trying to tempt a fussy toddler. This was a book about home cooking for busy lives.

    The chief revelation was the writing. Rather than a set of intimidating instructions, Nigella’s recipes provide inspiration. She has a gift for finding the right word to spark the reader’s imagination, evoking the taste of the ingredients, the simple, sensual pleasures of the practical process, the deep reward of the finished dish. Passionate, trenchant, convivial and wise, Nigella’s prose demands to be savoured, and ensures that the joy and value of How to Eat will endure for decades to come.

‘I love Nigella Lawson’s writing and I love her recipes’ – Delia Smith ‘There’s an intelligence to the way she writes and she expects a certain intelligence of her readers as well’ – Nigel Slater “I am unapologetic about being a home cook rather than a chef. Real cooking, the sort that goes on in homes, does not have to be tricksy or difficult. A dish of chicken poached with leeks and carrots definitely isn’t fancy. But it tastes good, and feels essentially nourishing, to both body and soul, to cook and eat. I want you to feel that I’m there with you, in the kitchen, as you cook. My books are the conversations we might be having.” Nigella Lawson has written nine bestselling cookery books, including the classics How To Eat and How to Be A Domestic Goddess – the book that launched a thousand cupcakes. These books, her TV series and her Quick Collection apps, have made her a household name around the world. In 2014 she was voted Best Food Personality at the Observer Food Monthly Awards. www.nigella.com @Nigella_Lawson ‘Her prose is as nourishing as her recipes’ – Salman Rushdie, Observer ‘Miss Lawson is the Thinking Person’s Cook. She tells stories, she explains why things must be the way she says they must be... enlightenment and sensual pleasure’ – Jeanette Winterson, The Times