What can I say about Nigella that hasn’t already been said? I think it’s quite reasonable to assume that most people know of her, and are either fans or not. I’m a huge fan, and really owe my interest in baking to her. I share in some of her principle philosophies, chiefly:
1. I might not have been born an Italian, but I can certainly learn to cook like one
2. I love eating, and therefore I love cooking
3. One can never please everyone, so one must aim to please oneself
I have cooked/baked from so many of her recipes, that if I had never come across her (perish the thought!), I would actually be a completely different person. It’s true, I really grew up learning to cook with Nigella.
As the proud owner of most of her books, here’s a brief run-down.
How To Eat
This is easily my favourite. It’s comprehensive, practical, and a pleasure to read. It was the first one I bought, many years ago, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Not for the fainly hearted though – it’s a large volume and is quite conversational. Recipes and ideas are interspersed with personal preferences, memories, and tips. I would recommend Nigella Express or Forever Summer instead as a first purchase.
How To Be A Domestic Goddess
This is probably the most well-known of her books. It’s a lovely collection of baking recipes.