Forever Summer

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Now in paperback: the delicious companion volume to Nigella’s TV series Forever Summer — filled with over 100 additional recipes created exclusively for the book.

“Even when sunshine is a distant memory and the only trace of holiday is the sand on the bottom of your discarded holiday flip-flops, don’t consign yourself to winter blues.”
—Nigella Lawson

In Forever Summer, Nigella Lawson offers irresistible ...

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Overview

Now in paperback: the delicious companion volume to Nigella’s TV series Forever Summer — filled with over 100 additional recipes created exclusively for the book.

“Even when sunshine is a distant memory and the only trace of holiday is the sand on the bottom of your discarded holiday flip-flops, don’t consign yourself to winter blues.”
—Nigella Lawson

In Forever Summer, Nigella Lawson offers irresistible summery recipes that can be eaten at any time of the year, venturing out of the kitchen to give picnic, barbecue and beach food a touch of her inimitable culinary style. The key is simplicity, freshness, enjoyment — good food, no sweat.

The food ranges from around the world: from simple Italian pasta dishes to Middle Eastern breads; from Prawn and Black Rice with Vietnamese Dressing to Moroccan Roast Lamb; and food that conjures up the traditional strawberries-and-cream feel of an English summer afternoon or Indian summer evening at home. Keeping the sun shining, there’s a fabulous selection of unusual desserts — from Anglo-Italian Trifle to Slut-red Raspberries in Chardonnay Jelly. And to complete the summer mood, there are cocktails, both classic and new.

Abundant with gorgeous colour photographs, Forever Summer is about easy cooking and easy eating; laid-back recipes that keep you feeling like summer never ended; and that the kitchen is, in Nigella’s words, “not a place you escape from, but the place you escape to.”

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Editorial Reviews

Gourmet
Nigella is an icon.
People
Vivid and fresh.
New York Times
Brings to life the sensual aspects of cooking, helping you understand the pleasure of the journey.
Bon Appetit
Nigella Lawson has done more than anyone recently to revive the art of cooking for the sheer fun of it.
Publishers Weekly
Setting the warm, relaxed tone befitting the season, U.K. food goddess Lawson (Nigella Bites) presents her newest volume as an ode to summer, to freshness, and, in gray weather, to a time to "conjure up the sun, some light, a lazy feeling of having all the wide-skied time in the world to sit back and eat warmly with friends." Befitting a book of simply prepared summer dishes, Lawson takes her inspiration from such warm climes as southern Europe, the Middle East and southeast Asia. For starters, Lawson offers Grilled Eggplant with Feta, Mint and Chilli, where the ingredients are rolled inside the thinly sliced eggplant, and then moves on to Flatbread Pizzas, whose dough is made with za'atar, a mixture of thyme, sumac and sesame. Her pastas and salads are innovative and wonderfully fresh, such as Linguine with Chilli, Crab and Watercress; Watermelon, Feta and Black Olive Salad; or Shrimp and Black Rice Salad with Vietnamese Dressing. Main courses include Keralan Fish Curry with Lemon Rice, as well as Porchetta, which is chopped pork shoulder cooked with fennel, garlic and rosemary and sandwiched within a ciabatta roll. Winding down the meal, Lawson serves such cooling fare as Figs for a Thousand and One Nights, which are broiled and then pulled open until they look like "young birds squawking to be fed worms by their mommy" before they are drizzled with rose water, orange water and sugar. As viewers of her shows will notice, the book's photos-of both Nigella and the food-are just as cool and luscious as the recipes themselves. (Apr.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
“[Nigella’s] insight into each recipe help the beginner cook produce works of art with minimal effort. . . . Chock full of recipes that complement the aromas of a summer breeze on a warm day.”
The Essence of Entertaining

“The food is so good, and colour photographs by Petrina Tinslay so mouthwatering, readers will tolerate the British measurements (a conversion chart is included).”
The Gazette (Montreal)

Praise for Nigella:

“[Nigella] brings to life the sensual aspects of cooking, helping you understand not only what you are after but also the pleasure of the journey, and she encourages you along the way.”
The New York Times

“I love Nigella Lawson’s writing and I love her recipes.”
—Delia Smith

How to Eat [is] my book of the decade."
—Nigel Slater, author of Appetite

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401300166
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 4/2/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 282,336
  • Product dimensions: 7.75 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Nigella Lawson

Nigella Lawson’s bestselling books How to Eat, How to be a Domestic Goddess, Nigella Bites, Forever Summer and Feast, together with her TV programs, have made her a household name all over the world. She writes occasionally for various publications and is a regular contributor to the New York Times.

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    1. Hometown:
      London, England
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 6, 1960
    2. Place of Birth:
      London, England
    1. Education:
      Degree in Modern and Medieval Languages, Oxford University, 1979
    2. Website:

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Rice Paper Rolls

I'll be honest with you: I had longed to make some version of these little rolls for years but either essential laziness or fear that they would be frighteningly complicated put me off. Now that I've made them, I can't quite see what I was on about. Fiddly they may be, but I think they must be one of the easiest recipes to make in the whole book. And also one of the loveliest: there is something about the light, unwheatenness of rice pasta (which in effect these sheets just are) and the bundles of fresh herbs within that make them compulsive and uplifting eating. you can, and this is how I ate them first in a Vietnamese restaurant, add some cooked prawns, and cooled, stir-fried chopped pork along with the herbs and rice vermicelli, but I can't honestly see that you need to.

You can often find the rice pancakes, or rice sheets (emphatically not rice paper) in the supermarket. If you're unlucky in this respect, you will have to track down an Asian store, which offers a gastro-reward of its own.

100 g rice vermicelli
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon Thai fish sauce bunch fresh mint, roughly chopped bunch fresh Thai basil, roughly chopped half a cucumber, cut into thin batons
6 spring onions, finely sliced
12 rice pancakes soy sauce for serving (optional)

Soak the vermicelli according to the instructions on the packet, and drain once the translucent threads are rehydrated.

Flavour the vermicelli with the rice vinegar, soy and fish sauces, and then add the chopped herbs, cucumber and spring onions. Mix gently with your hands to try to combine the noodles, herbs and vegetables.

Soak the rice pancakes (again, according to packet instructions) in a shallow bowl of hot water and then lay each one on a tea towel to pat dry. Run a fairly narrow strip of noodle mixture down the middle of the pancake, fold over one half and then carefully roll it up as tightly as you can. Slice each roll into four and then arrange them on a plate.

If you want, pour some soy sauce into a few little bowls for dipping the rolls into as you eat. They are also fabulous with the Vietnamese dipping sauce, in the form of the dressing on page 75.

Makes 48 rolls.

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First Chapter

Rice Paper Rolls

I'll be honest with you: I had longed to make some version of these little rolls for years but either essential laziness or fear that they would be frighteningly complicated put me off. Now that I've made them, I can't quite see what I was on about. Fiddly they may be, but I think they must be one of the easiest recipes to make in the whole book. And also one of the loveliest: there is something about the light, unwheatenness of rice pasta (which in effect these sheets just are) and the bundles of fresh herbs within that make them compulsive and uplifting eating. you can, and this is how I ate them first in a Vietnamese restaurant, add some cooked prawns, and cooled, stir-fried chopped pork along with the herbs and rice vermicelli, but I can't honestly see that you need to.

You can often find the rice pancakes, or rice sheets (emphatically not rice paper) in the supermarket. If you're unlucky in this respect, you will have to track down an Asian store, which offers a gastro-reward of its own.

100 g rice vermicelli
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon Thai fish sauce
bunch fresh mint, roughly chopped
bunch fresh Thai basil, roughly chopped
half a cucumber, cut into thin batons
6 spring onions, finely sliced
12 rice pancakes
soy sauce for serving (optional)

Soak the vermicelli according to the instructions on the packet, and drain once the translucent threads are rehydrated.

Flavour the vermicelli with the rice vinegar, soy and fish sauces, and then add the chopped herbs, cucumber and spring onions. Mix gently with your hands to try to combine the noodles, herbs andvegetables.

Soak the rice pancakes (again, according to packet instructions) in a shallow bowl of hot water and then lay each one on a tea towel to pat dry. Run a fairly narrow strip of noodle mixture down the middle of the pancake, fold over one half and then carefully roll it up as tightly as you can. Slice each roll into four and then arrange them on a plate.

If you want, pour some soy sauce into a few little bowls for dipping the rolls into as you eat. They are also fabulous with the Vietnamese dipping sauce, in the form of the dressing on page 75.

Makes 48 rolls.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2010

    The Best

    This is the best Nigella has ever done. It focuses on intuition and bold flavors, rather than on ceremony and on kitsch. If you improvise with the flavors instead of trying madly to exact her recipes, you will be rewarded not only with a great meal, but also with having learned something; if you obsess about quantities and don't understand flavor combinations, buy some other book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2007

    Forever Summer? Not all the time

    I have all but one of Nigella's cookbooks and this is one of my favorites. Having said that I must all say that each book has recipes that utterly fail and ones that are unbelievably great. In Forever Summer the Strawberry Meringue Layercake is good in theory, but the sponge cake part ends up very dry and the entire thing looks like a dessert hamburger. People were not impressed. The Coconut Slab, overly sugared and dry. However, her Chocolate Raspberry Pav was fabulous. And I couldn't go wrong with any of the pasta dishes, they were wonderful. Of course, the photos are gorgeous and the book itself is very fun to read through, especially when you are missing summer in the dead of winter. But, it s frustrating when the photos are gorgeous but the end results half the time isn't nearly as good as it looks. I'm happy there were less photos of her in this book eating and posing for the camera. That gets a little tiring. Overall, I'd recommend it if you can pick it up for less used

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2004

    Really great book

    I have to say, this is quickly becoming one of my favorite cookbooks. I love the super-simple stuffed shells with cheese, and I am anxiously awaiting summer so I can try some of her suggestions for grilled meats. In general, these recipes are very simple, and I suppose some might not like that 'common sense' aspect. She expresses the love so many of us have for a simple 3 or 4 ingredient pasta dish, though, and makes you crave it all over again. It is full of Lawson's descriptive and sensual prose...I actually read it like a book! I think it's worthwhile if only for those great descriptions, but if that doesn't turn you on you might take the opinion that many of her recipes aren't 'new' enough. If you're new to Nigella's style, I think you will find this a delightful intro to her world!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2003

    A pleasure to use

    I had this book as a present and I haven't stopped using it. Some of the recipes I have made over and over again for different people and each time have received compliments. What I like most is that apart from just using it the way Nigella suggests, you can also be inventive and add a bit of your touches to it. Fantastic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2003

    Interesting But Not Her Best

    This was a bit of a disappointment. Was it because the other two were so, so good? When I first started watching her I thought, wish I could throw a meal together like that. (I think the same thing about Jamie Oliver, though he's actually a chef, unlike Nigella.) After her first two books I could. But this was a stretch like they were strugling to make a point.

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