Nigellissima: Easy Italian-Inspired Recipes
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Nigellissima: Easy Italian-Inspired Recipes

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by Nigella Lawson
     
 

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Nigellissima, like the Italian cooking from which it takes its inspiration, is a celebration of food that is fresh, delicious, and unpretentious. Here Nigella Lawson serves up 120 straightforward and mouthwatering recipes that are quick and easy yet elevate weeknight meals into no-fuss feasts.
 
“It was when I was sixteen or seventeenSee more details below

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Nigellissima, like the Italian cooking from which it takes its inspiration, is a celebration of food that is fresh, delicious, and unpretentious. Here Nigella Lawson serves up 120 straightforward and mouthwatering recipes that are quick and easy yet elevate weeknight meals into no-fuss feasts.
 
“It was when I was sixteen or seventeen that I decided to be Italian. Not that it was a conscious decision . . . No: I simply felt drawn to Italy,” writes Nigella. And so it was that before she was a Food Network star and bestselling cookbook author, Nigella found her way to Florence, where she learned to cook like an Italian.  Indeed, Italian cooking is trademark Nigella: light on touch but robust with flavor.
 
With beautiful color photographs to inspire, Nigellissima has all the hallmarks of traditional Italian fare in its faithfulness to the freshest ingredients and simplest methods.  From pasta and meat to fish, vegetables, and, of course, dolci, this cook’s tour has something for every mood, season, and occasion: Curly-Edged Pasta with Lamb Ragu is the perfect salve for a winter’s night, while tangy and light Spaghettini with Lemon and Garlic Breadcrumbs takes just minutes to prepare. Meatzza, the favorite at Nigella’s table, is a meatball mixture pressed into a pan and finished with traditional Margherita ingredients—or whatever you may have on hand. And the versatile Baby Eggplant with Oregano and Red Onion works beautifully as a starter or side or as dinner sprinkled with ricotta salata or crumbled feta. Here, too, are Green Beans with Pistachio Pesto, Roast Butternut with Sage and Pine Nuts, and fluffy Mascarpone Mash, Nigella’s twist on mashed potatoes.  Never an afterthought, Nigella’s low-maintenance “sweet things” include Instant Chocolate-Orange Mousse; light, doughnut-like Sambuca Kisses; and One-Step No-Churn Coffee Ice Cream, to name just a few.
 
Nigella believes that every ingredient must earn its place in a recipe, and she gives tips and techniques for making the most of your time in the kitchen. For example, a stash of sweet vermouth saves you from opening a bottle when you need just a splash. If a recipe calls for the juice of a lemon, Nigella uses the zest, too—that’s where its force and fragrance lie. She guides you to stocking your pantry with a few supermarket ingredients and shows you how to make the most of them for spontaneous meals that taste boldly Italian.
 
Nigellissima is a love letter to the pleasures of cooking—and eating—the way Italians do. With a nod to the traditional but in Nigella’s trademark style, here are recipes that excite the imagination without stressing the cook.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - William Grimes
Often the introductory notes to cookbook recipes are throwaways. Not Lawson's. They account for half the pleasure of the book…there's a lot of pizazz here. Virtually every recipe begs to be made.
Library Journal
Internationally best-selling author and television personality Lawson (Nigella Fresh) wants all her readers—from busy noncooks who pour their egg whites from a carton to picky eaters who can't bear the thought of anchovies—to enjoy carefree, casual cooking. Here she shows how they can use cupboard staples such as canned tuna and jarred peppers to create an "Italian-inspired" feast that will satisfy and impress. Dishes like Meatzza (a tomato- and cheese-topped meatball mixture that resembles pizza) and Chocolate Pasta with Pecans & Caramel are hardly traditional, but they aren't meant to be. VERDICT With its attractive design, cheerful narrative, straightforward instructions, and helpful notes on preparing food ahead of time and reheating, Lawson's latest will find a home in many kitchens. Expect demand. [See Q+A with Lawson on page 102.—Ed.]

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780770437015
Publisher:
Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony
Publication date:
02/12/2013
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
317,759
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 9.84(h) x 1.07(d)

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