Monday, January 16, 2006

domestic goddess

I'd like you to meet one of my favorite authors, Nigella Lawson. Never heard of her? She is the author of such cookbook classics as How To Be A Domestic Goddess, Nigella Bites, Forever Summer, and Feast: Food To Celebrate Life.

The first I heard of Nigella was on the program Nigella Bites on the E! channel. I quickly fell in love with her easy-going style, her simple cooking methods, and of course her accent. She's just fun to listen to.

Her books are unlike any cookbook I've ever seen. She doesn't merely have an index of recipes and instructions. Her books can be read in the kitchen or in bed. She's quite entertaining. Here's an excerpt from Forever Summer:

Summer food, even when eaten in deepest winter, contains within it the idea of simple cooking. But the best recipes are never blueprints, only ideas hungrily mooted. The ones in this book have come to me the way they always do, plundered from friends, from family, grown out of an idea of what might go with what. As the Australian food writer Maggie Beer has written, “cooking is all about osmosis – a mental note made about a flavour combination or a technique, a memory of a dish”. Cooking is not just about applying heat, procedure, method, but about transformation of a more intimate kind; none of us cooks without bringing our own character to bear on the food in front of us. Just as the recipes that follow have been toyed with, changed, fiddled with to become my food, so I expect them to be remodelled in your own kitchen . . . Life has its difficulties, why add to them in the kitchen? And for all that my title archly conjures up that starlet’s gushing hope – from the premiere scene in Singing in the Rain – that “if I’ve brought a little cheer into your humdrum little lives, it ain't all been in vain for nothin’”, it is not because I believe there is nothing but endless, unclouded blue sky in Nigellaland, but because I still believe that the kitchen is not a place you escape from, but the place you escape to.

So, if you're into cooking at all I highly recommend her books or, at least, catching her show. For me, she not only made cooking interesting, but fun. Oh, and I can't wait to read the newest: Nigella Lawson: A Biography.

3 comments:

Jameson Early Inc. said...

Well.. I'm a reader, so I might give it a shot.. looks to me like the material is more geared towards women, but I'm open minded. She's a good lookin' thing at the least! haha.

Thank you for your prayers! I've got my fingers crossed- after 3 interviews and breezing through an aptitude test.. I'm really hoping to get this job. I NEED it, almost as much as it needs ME. heh.

jerry-is-stoke said...

I wish I had the will too read these days. I really need to braoden my horizons. Escpecailly that auther, my goodness. She's one hot momma!

jerry-is-stoke said...

I think it's a toss up,, but Phyliss has a slight edge. In the hot cooking department..