Eat: The Little Book of Fast Food

Overview

Britain's foremost food writer returns with a deliciously simple collection of over 600 ideas for satisfying meals that are quick and easy to get to the table.
     Eat is a beloved author's homage to those times when "we just want to eat." Pairing a fresh, compact package with the same witty prose and straightforward recipes that captivated fans of Tender, Ripe, and Notes from the LarderEat is devoted to simple food—done ...

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Overview

Britain's foremost food writer returns with a deliciously simple collection of over 600 ideas for satisfying meals that are quick and easy to get to the table.
     Eat is a beloved author's homage to those times when "we just want to eat." Pairing a fresh, compact package with the same witty prose and straightforward recipes that captivated fans of Tender, Ripe, and Notes from the LarderEat is devoted to simple food—done well. Whether it's a humble fig and ricotta toast or sizzling chorizo with shallots and potatoes, Nigel Slater provides endless ideas for fast food that can be prepared in under an hour and that busy parents, novice cooks, and discerning food aficionados will savor. With delightful photography throughout, this highly giftable volume is sure to be the new go-to tome for wholly enjoyable, everyday meals.

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Editorial Reviews

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“The Holy Grail of home cooking is food that is quick to make but not thoughtless or compromised. Nigel Slater’s recipes achieve this in such a skillful and satisfying manner that you may begin to wonder why you’d even bother with longer format cooking again.”
—Deb Perelman, author of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook 

“Nigel Slater is such a joyful writer. But what I love best about his books is the way he thinks about flavor, dreaming up combinations I’m eager to taste. He’s done it again: I want to make every recipe in this book.”
—Ruth Reichl, author of Delicious! 

“Nothing [is] ever going to come close to Eat. An instant classic.”
—2013 Cookbook of the Year, The Times of London

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607747260
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2014
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 827,011

Meet the Author

NIGEL SLATER is the author of numerous bestselling books, including Notes from the Larder and the James Beard Award-winning Ripe and Tender. He has written a column for the Observer for twenty years and is the host of the BBC series Simple Suppers. His memoir, Toast, won British Biography of the Year, and has been adapted into a feature film.

Biography

Nigel Slater is the author of several classic cookbooks, including Real Fast Food and the award-winning Appetite. He has written a much-loved column for the The Observer (London) for more than a decade and has been described as a national treasure. He lives in London.

Biography courtesy of the author's official web site.

Good To Know

Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Slater:

"I put as much effort into keeping a low profile as most cookery writers do in publicizing themselves. Believe me when I say it is very hard work keeping ‘yourself to yourself,' probably harder than taking the celebrity ‘Look at me!' route."

"I suppose I am one of those people who finds even the most mundane of questions ‘too intrusive.' Though my book Toast is extraordinarily intimate, it is written about someone who seems far away, like he was a different person. It is sometimes hard to recognize that little boy -- to remember that it was actually me."

"I believe in the maxim ‘Any useless thing chucked out is gain.' I wish I knew who said it so I could say thank you to them. They changed my life."

"I hate being photographed. I hate it even more when those photographs are published. But what I hate most is being called a ‘celebrity chef.' I am not the sort of cook who dances around in front of the camera with a skillet in my hand. I just make myself something to eat at home, and if I think its good then write about it because I think others might enjoy it too. End of story."

"Traveling is not my thing because it upsets me being away from my cat. He is very old now and I worry I won't be there for him when he decides to ‘call it a day.' Sometimes I think he has a better life than me. No one ever cooks me tuna for my supper or puts a hot water bottle in my bed. And no one has ever fed me by hand when I couldn't be bothered to get out of bed. He lives like a king."

"Here are some of the little things I like: the first bite of buttered toast, old-fashioned French roses, the smell on my hands from picking tomatoes from my garden, dark chocolate flavored with cardamom, wearing high-top sneakers, Vietnamese food, black clothes, paintings by Mark Rothko, sculptures by Giacometti, green tea, watching Six Feet Under, reading Vanity Fair when I should really be doing something very urgent, dipping hot french fries into homemade garlic mayonnaise."

"Here are some of the silly little things I dislike: duvets, ties, fillet (there are so many more interesting cuts), eggs, the smell of tea with milk in it, small ‘boutique' hotels, queuing, clutter, big portions."

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    1. Hometown:
      London, England
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 9, 1958
    2. Place of Birth:
      Wolverhampton, England
    1. Education:
      OND in catering, Worcester Technical College, 1976
    2. Website:

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