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Id never seen Nigella cook on tv or seen one of her book before this.I was inspired to buy it after I was given a recipe of Nigella's- chicken chorizo tray bake from the tv show. I loved this dish and went straight out to buy the book.
The book has chapers on Everyday easy, Workday Winners, Retro Rapido, Get up and Go, Quick Quick Slow, Against the Clock, Instant Calmer, Razzle Dazzle, Speedy Gonzales, On the Run, Hey Presto, Holiday Snaps, Storecupboard SOS.
I love how Nigella writes with such passion giving background information and anecdotes relating to each dish. For each dish she provides a list of ingredients, easy clear instructions and beautiful pictures.
There are so many recipes to choose from it really is a challenge to decide what to make first. I found that I didnt need to buy many ingredients specifically as many of the already in my cupboard, however where I did need to buy items they were expensive.
I love the butterscotch sauce, it really is a wow and so easy to make. Quite often with recipe books you find only a few recipes that you would actually make that is most certainly not the case with this book and there really are dishes for all occasions and tastes.
This really is a must buy book, one you will go back to time and again.
Nigella Express is the latest addition my wife has made to the collection of cookery books she has built up and is on sale through Amazon for a minimum of £5.57 + shipping dependent on seller and condition. It was originally published on 7 September 2007 by Chatto and Windus with a recommended book price of £25.
We bought our copy purely by chance while visiting my bank and our mortgage provider a month ago which came from the British Heart Foundation charity shop for a mere £1.75 - bargain if ever I saw one and the book was in excellent condition and on offer for 50% of the ticket price! What more could I say, Sue (my wife) could have bitten my hand off as she reached into her purse and walking away as if she was the cat that got the cream.
Sue loves watching cookery programmes on tv especially The Great British Bake Off, anything by Nigel Slater, Nigella Lawson, Hugh Fearnley-Wittingstall and the likes of Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay that she likes watching but thinks are.... (unprintable)
Sue's love of cookery books does not always reach the try it and see stage as she loves reading them and trying to understand the recipes. It's also about how tempting the pictures are and how easy or complicated the recipe is to follow or the range of ingredients needed to create them.
Nigella Express is a book of some 400 pages and is split in to 13 separate sections with an introduction, acknowledgements and standard index section where you can locate the individual recipes on offer in this book. The sections are:
Everyday Easy - Speedy suppers day in, day out
Workday Winners - Weekday entertaining made easy
Retro Rapido - time-warp favourites given the express twist
Get Up And Go - Breakfast at breakneck speed
Quick Quick Slow - Prepare ahead to save time
Against The Clock - No time? No problem
Instant Calmer - Superfast soul food
Razzle Dazzle - Give a party pronto!
Speedy Gonzales - Mexican-inspired moments
On The Run - Food for eating on the hoof: packed lunches and picnics
Hey Presto - Instant Italian
Holiday Snaps - Christmas quickies
Storecupboard SOS - How to cope when there's no time to go shopping
There are tempting treats on offer throughout the book and some that would be a little out of our price range to buy ingredients. Some of the many that are on offer (but not tried) include Anglo-Asian Lamb salad, Red Prawn and Mango Curry, Rhubarb and Custard Gelato, Potato and Mushroom Gratin, Seared Salmon with Singapore Noodles, Eton Mess, Caribbean Creams, Chocolate Mint Cookies, Pineapple Upside-Down Cake (which Sue is actually cooking today), Maple Chicken 'N' Ribs, No Churn Pomegranate Ice Cream, Forgotten Pudding, Scallops and Chorizo, Instant Chocolate Mousse, Jumbleberry Crumble, Quesadillas, Buttermilk Roast Chicken, Mincemeat Parcels with Bourbon Butter.
In fact this is almost like a who's who of cooking with each recipe shown alongside the finished product that just tempts you to go and try them. Certainly over the coming months I know Sue will try at least some of these recipes and I'm sure we will find they are as delicious as they look. Each chapter has its own introduction and recipes are in very brief step by step instructions.
Whilst I do not believe in paying full price for a book (unless you really have to) I would certainly recommend Nigella Express as an addition to your cookery book collection. There is certainly something in this book that you will like and want to try. The recipes are always intended to be simple to follow even for the most novice of chef!
This is the most fantastic recipe book. It has variety, simple recipes with suggestions for tweaks and changes and although much of the food is extremely wholesome there is a good smattering of recipes that are completely unsuitable for the health conscious, my favourite example being the Nutella pancakes which require crepes, nutella, butter and double cream amongst other delicious ingredients, and a quick chocolate mousse recipe that contains no raw egg.
The book's theme is time-saving, and there are recipes that are quick to make, and those that save time by being prepared in advance. Others are quick to assemble though they make take a long time to actually cook; for example the lamb, olive and caramelised onion tagine takes 5 minutes to prepare, but needs 2 hours cooking time.
The book's chapters have titles that require a little elaboration, but this is provided and you soon get the hang of where to look. For example there are chapters entitled 'get up and go'- for quick breakfast ideas, and 'everyday easy' for 'speedy suppers day in, day out'. Recipe instructions rarely extend beyond one page.
I like to cook, but sometimes find myself churning out a small number of recipes again and again. Nigella Express has provided much inspiration over the last couple of years. It is a beautifully presented book with some excellent photography. A flick through will have you salivating in no time. Moreover, the recipes suggested are so easy that they have become incorporated into my family's regular diet, but I don't have to refer back to those recipes frequently: they are memorable. When you are often short of time that is a real asset.
If I had to criticise the book I would say that there are too many fish recipes, but that's just because I don't like fish very much.
Every recipe has a short introduction giving Nigella's thoughts. There are some banalities but otherwise some useful ideas. The main point of these introductions I suppose is to give the reader the hint of Nigella's decadence when it comes to food, as in the TV show. They are evocative, but you don't have to read those bits to enjoy some really good nosh.
Nigella Express is a book from the celebrated cookery writer Nigella Lawson, available for £15.50 on Amazon and also available in Waterstones, Hatchards, all other good book shops and supermarkets.
The idea of this book is to offer up some quick and easy recipes that require easy to attain ingredients and which could ideally be made in under 30 minutes. For me this is a real joy as most of Nigella's recipes seem to require ingredients sourced from indigenous Nepalese Goat Farmers or the second tree from the end of the Madagascan Rain Forest, this time the ingredients are easy to find, the food quick and easy to make and it makes it much more of a decent read for me.
The book is hardback and has sold over a million copies in the UK, it is based on the Nigella Express television series, which always seemed a little forced to me. The book is 400 pages in total and is a really nice eclectic mix of dishes, even including a lovely dish created by her son in one of the recipes (which was surprisingly tasty!).
The book contains a really nice mix of recipes, which don't seem to run in any logical order, so there are desserts near the start of the book and soups near the end, however this is endearing rather than annoying, as most of the recipes are genuinely fairly easy to make, I've made Steak and white bean mash, chef's salad, cloudy lemonade, home made curry, wheat free brownies and many others and all have been very successful.
The book is laid out brilliantly, Nigella personalises each recipe and the instructions generally only run to 2 or 3 paragraphs. The photography as you would expect is glossy and very appealing.
The ingredients are generally stuff you can find, I did have problems with some special Mexican potatoes, but credit to Nigella she acknowledges this and suggests alternatives for this dish, which impressed me greatly.
The book is thorough, eclectic, looks good and reads well, its probably for me one of her best and most accessible cook books and the one I always return to as it is practical and balanced.
I can honestly say, I have over 80 cook books, and this is by far the one I use the most over the last couple of years since having had children.
It offers a fantastic balance of recipes, sweet and savoury, simple and impressive, dinner party and family. In my opinion, perfect.
I like cook books with pictures, every simgle recipe, however few the ingredients in Negella Express has a beautifully taken, simple picture adjacent to it. Prior to the list of ingredients, Nigella offers an anecdote as to where the recipe perhaps originated from, perhaps where she ate it, where she pinched it, or simply whether she eats in in her bath robe or as a naughty breakfast/bedtime treat!
There are 13 contents sections as follows:
1. Everyday easy-speedy suppers day in, day out
2. Workday winners-Weekday entertaining made easy
3. Retro Rapido-Time warp favourites
4. Get up and Go-Breakfast at breakneck speed
5. Quick quick slow-prepare ahead to save time later
6. Against the clock-No time? No problem
7. Instant calmer- Superfast Soul food
8. Razzle dazzle-Give a party pronto
9. Speedy Gonzales-Mexican inspired moments
10. On the Run-Food for eating on the hoof:packed lunches and picnics
11. Hey Presto-Instant Italian
12-Holiday snaps-Christmas Quickies
13-Storecupboard SOS-How to cope when there's no time to go shopping.
My favourite recipes are Crab and Avocado salad with Japanese Dressing. Its outstanding. It does take quite alot of store cupboard investment, such as Mirin, wasabi paste, sesame oil and rice vinegar, but once you have this Japenese core or stock, there are many Nigella recipes that use these, and makes a healthy instant dressing for many things. Its a real winner in my house, but does work out expensive as crab meat simply is costly!
From the above ingredients, Mirin Salmon is a wonderful sticky sweet recipe that is again a favourite of mine, a lovely quick hot filling but healthy supper. Served with rice.....yummy.
The maple chicken 'n' Ribs are outstanding! The very best rib recipe I have ever ever tried. I also often make her breakfast bars, Lovley dryish flap jacks that all my family adore, I have learned to adapt the ingredients to fit what we have at home and what is on special at the Supermarket.
Her cocktail sausages with soy, honey and sesame oil are stunning to say the least. Very popular at parties.
Cannot write about a Nigella book without highlighting that her puds are stunning. Amaretto Syllabub, banana butterscotch muffins and rocky road crunch bars to name but a very very few that I would recommend.
If I had a negative about the book, and Nigella in general, is that her ingredients are fairly high cost, although you can shop savvy and freeze when things are on special or reduced. She also has a massive reange of larder ingredients that not everyone tends to keep, I do, simply because I cook at home alot as I love cooking and food.
Overall, a wonderful book.
Cover price is £25.00. But often half price on Amazon.
Not her latest, but definatly her best!
To be honest, I wasn't entirely sure about the concept behind this book...I generally enjoy cooking and if I'm going to cook something I like to take time and care over it, if I don't feel like it I cook beans on toast or order a chinese, I wondered if this book might be a bit of a half-hearted compromise.
But, in places, it did surprise me. My favourite recipe is the prawn and mango thai curry (delicious), it's certainly quicker than most thai curry recipes, but I do find she depends a lot on ready-prepared items (i.e. chopped butternut squash) which are usually expensive to buy and did make me think that you may aswell pay for a ready-prepared meal or have dinner at the pub...But maybe I'm just being cynical!
Some recipes don't work as well, I wasn't impressed with the coq au riesling, I don't really think you can compromise with some dishes, particularly not casseroles, I think good ones require time and effort.
The recipes themselves are very clear and, as usual, Nigella provides lots of helpful tips and insights. I also think it's refreshing that she's very honest about what makes a dish taste extra special (and it's usually half a pack of butter, or half a tub of cream!). That brings me to another point, if you're on a diet, this book probably isn't ideal! There are plenty of healthy recipes, but they're interspersed with indulgent high-fat recipes (nutella crepes, anyone?) and I don't think anyone has that much self-control!
The design and layout of the book is also very attractive and the photography is stylish and modern.
Overall, it's a helpful book with some tasty and easy to prepare recipes, but I can't help but think she should stick to what she does best, puddings!...'How to be a domestic goddess' is still my firm favourite!
Nigella Express is the book accompaniment to her 2007 BBC TV series of the same name. The book is in hardback with a loose leaf removable cover. As always I would recommend that you remove it to stop it getting damaged when cooking from it. The spine is of good quality considering that it is a book coming in at just under 400 pages, which means that it keeps pages open of its own accord when you cook from it. There is also a fabric bookmark to help you keep your page. The pages are glossy, making them a bit more resilient to the obligatory splashes and stains that inevitably occur when you are cooking from something.
Nigella's short introduction lays out the thesis of the book - essentially she wanted to put together recipes that that reinvent the term 'fast food' - making it a descriptor for tasty, accessible dishes that do not impinge too much on your personal time.
Each chapter has an introduction, as does each recipe in which Lawson sets out her explanation for including this recipe in the book. The recipe introductions also contain suggestions for simple variations on the described dish.
The first section is on 'Everyday easy' - essentially supper dishes - eg mustard pork chops, red prawn and mango curry, naan pizza, roast poussin and sweet potatoes (simpler than you would expect and just divine), caramel croissant pudding (just fantastic, but only for those not on a diet!)
The next chapter is 'workday winners'- an extension of the first chapter - focussing on afterwork dishes - eg brandied-bacony bacon (on my to-do list), potato and mushroom gratin, eton mess, flourless chocolate brownies ( a really great keeper recipe), chocolate mint cookies (just the best think for a mint chocolate fiend like me)
Next up is 'retro rapido' - as you would expect dishes that are meant to hark from an earlier era only perhaps with a slight twist - eg cheese fondue, crepes suzette, cherry cheesecake, pineapple upside down cake.
Following this - 'get up and go' - breakfast dishes - eg pancake recipes, breakfast bars (easy to pre-prepare and eat over a few days with a bit of aforethought), chocolate croissants, green eggs and ham (yes, really!), croquet monsieur bake (just indulgent and divine - but perhaps a little much for breakfast),
Then we come to 'quick, quick, slow' - a tribute to slow cooking with minimal preparation - eg coq au Riesling, a really great warm potato salad, Baileys tiramsu, no-churn pomegranate ice cream,
The next chapter is 'against the clock ' - what Nigella describes as her 'fast fallbacks' and can really be prepared in the minimum of time - eg flash fried steak with white bean mash , chicken schnitzel with bacon and white wine, scallops and chorizo, chickpeas with rocket and sherry, instant chocolate mousse - a really great standby dessert.
Next comes 'instant calmer' - the express approach to comfort food - noodle soup for needy people (!), butternut and sweet potato soup (a keeper in my household), rapid ragu, chicken, mushroom and bacon pie, a great cheddar cheese risotto and macaroni cheese, roly-poly pudding, a lethal doughnut French toast
We then come to 'razzle dazzle' where the dishes have the aim of being on the more impressive side for if you have guests over - eg green apple martini, potato cakes with smoked salmon, tarte fine aux pommes, white chocolate mint mousse, ginger passionfruit trifle ( there are no words),
As a fan of Mexican food, 'Speedy Gonzales' is my favourite section - of course, it does take liberties with traditional Mexican cooking but it has really good everyday ideas - eg Mexican scrambled eggs (perhaps my most repeated recipe from the book), sweetcorn chowder with toasted tortillas, quick chilli, quesadillas, Mexican hot chocolate
Next we come to 'on the run' - recipes that can be interpreted as packed lunch ideas for adults and children - eg a great pea and pesto soup, sesame peanut noodles, banana butterscotch muffins, mini meatloaves, Spanish omelette
Then comes 'hey presto' - inspired by Italian cookery - eg tuna and beans (also a great lunchbox recipe) , Italian sausages in hot tomato sauce and polenta, chocolate macaroons, amaretto syllabub
Next comes Holiday snaps - Christmas inspired recipes , particularly some great snacks and cocktails eg - snowballs, pomegranate bellini, martini olives and maple pepper pecans (both simple and absolute keepers for all year round), cocktail sausages, halloumi bites, broccoli and stilton soup, mincemeat parcels with bourbon butter
The final chapter is 'storecupboard SOS' - recipes largely based on ingredients that you will find in the average storecupboard, the introduction gives some great quick recipes for infused oils also - eg red pepper hummus, minestrone in minutes, curry in a hurry, mellow meatballs, clafoutis.
First off, this is a very good book. There are a number of recipes here which I have used again and again and as I have experienced previously with Lawson's book, if you follow them as she describes they will work. The colourful retro styling of the book is attractive and the photography of the dishes is well executed and inspiring.
However, I am not wholly convinced by the 'express' notion. As with other Nigella books she does tend to use some pretty pricey and 'out there' ingredients at times. I am a keen cook, even though I do so on a budget, and happen to believe that I keep a quite wide range of ingredients in. However, a lot of the more substantial dishes require pricier and more unusual ingredients that would require a little more aforethought when doing your weekly shop - therefore I would probably class them as 'weekend' meals rather than 'afterwork' ones . For this purpose I am more likely to refer to books such as those by Gill Holcombe, which I have previously reviewed. The most accessible recipes in the book are ones that I have brought out for particular attention in this review.
That said, this is a surprisingly substantial book with some great ideas. Not an everyday book perhaps but with elements of recipes that can be done again and again. As usual, Lawson's passionate -some may say overflowery - prose makes it enjoyable to browse through and find inspiration.
This is not the best of Nigella's books, but has credibility in its own right. Not an essential cookbook , certainly but a fun and enjoyable addition to your collection.
This book is an absolute godsend. In a time where chefs use fancy ingredients and fancy techniques, it is nice to find a refreshingly simple yet sophisticated cookbook. With 'Nigella Express' you get a great mix of different recipies, including family favourites like quick burger and chips (great for if your on the go or need a quick supper) and other more elegant and refined meals such as duck breasts or griddled venison for dinner parties. The book itself is split into several handy chapters, and is very easy to follow. Like all good cookbooks it has lots of pictures that make your mouth water, and your food generally turns out like the pictures which is a first for me using cook books! The best bit of the book is definately the vast range of yummy (as Nigela would put it) desserts, all of which are easy to make and taste divine. the only downside i would say is the lack of refined cooking if you were looking for fancy food. Sure there are plenty of nice dishes as mentioned before, however to really impress i would probably go and use one of Gordons recipes. All in all a very useful and tasty cookbook. My rating is 4/5
Nigella Express is a book full of ingenious recipe's, all easy to cook and quickly achieved.
As a self confessed cookery book addict I feel I have some degree of authority when I say that this is a good staple to have on your shelf.
The book is organised into thirteen different sections, the difference between "every day easy" and "work day winners" is rather ambiguous however the "quick quick slow" chapter is a great idea, listing recipe's which can be made in advance and come back to much later.
There are two sections dedicated to international cooking, namely Mexican and Italian cooking, and one which concentrates on party food.
Nigella being Nigella, this is not a book for anybody who is watching their weight and there are a few recipe's who's ingredient lists add up to a big bill in the supermarket.
Despite this, the book is great to have around and includes a plethora of fantastic recipe's, a few examples of my favourites include: lamb, olive and caramelizes onion tagine, red prawn and mango curry and her fabulous no churn pomegranate ice cream.
A great book with dishes for breakfast, lunch and tea.
I love the 'express' element of this book. It is indeed possible to produce a delicious 3 course meal in 30 minutes! Every recipe in this book is achievable with a limited amount of preparation time and involving minimum effort. Most of the recipes only require a few key ingredients as they tend to use store cupboard ingredients or convenience items which avoid need for endlessly long shopping lists. The downside of this is that some of the convenience items are difficult to find in the supermarket.
The pictures are appetising and seductive, just as you would expect from Nigella and she has written the book with clear instructions, useful tips and welcome suggestions. In fact this is where this book really succeeds because it encourages you to try new recipes and techniques that you would otherwise consider beyond achievable in a hurry.
The book boasts a great selection of delicious recipes ranging from the everyday soups and pasta dishes to sophisticated canapés and desserts perfect for entertaining. Sumptuous cherry cheesecake, delicious chocolatey rocky road crunch bars, red pepper homous, cocktail sausages and scallops with chorizo have all become favourites for parties and the cocktails come in handy too!
This cookery book has become a firm favourite, particularly for when entertaining.
I was given this book as a gift, and it has been my fight hand woman in the kitchen. It is the first recipe book I have even owned that I have actually read from cover to cover and not got bored with the endless and sometimes un-manageable recipes in it.
I consider myself a good cook (well that's my oppinion anyway) but I use this book for idea's. If I fancy something quick and easy I will always reach for Nigella, if I am entertaining once again Nigella is there with some impressive and really easy meals.
The book is pact with easy to follow recipes, Nigella will even give you another option if there is something in the recipe that you can do without, e.g. if you want a alcohol free option. From simple starter's, tasty main courses and delicious deserts they are all in there. If its good whole sum food your after then this book is for you
I was given the Nigella Express cookbook as a birthday present from a close friend who knows that I have no business being in the kitchen. She said I might like this book because the recipes are simple to follow. And she was right!
This cookbook is very basic, but the recipes are delicious.
The book is organized in a very cattywompus style with no ryhme or reason as to why certain things go in each of her witty titled chapters. And for that reason I give this cookbook 4 stars. If she had organized around the typical starters, mains, salads, puddings, I would like this cookbook even more.
That said I really do use this cookbook weekly, the recipes are so easy, some of them don't even require that you turn the oven on which is nice for hot summer days(when we have them!)
Nigella has a unique writing style that makes you want to read her book for shear pleasure, she has a chatty, I'm your next door neighbor way of telling you about food and so I find myself reading this book even when I don't need a recipe.
Some of the things she makes like a Thai peanut salad have become a staple in my life.
I have cooked almost all of the recipes in this cookbook and can honsetly say that 90% of them are great. There are only a few that I am not too big of a fan.
If you are like me and cooking does not come naturally, then you might want to have this cookbook in your kitchen.
I own many cookbooks, most of which I have barely looked at let alone cooked from but I have to say Nigella Express is barely off my book stand. I love this book.
She doesn't use millions of fancy ingredients and the recipes are incredibly simple to follow. In addition as the title suggests most recipes are quick, designed for busy people like myself with little time to spare slaving away in a kitchen for hours on end. Most recipes only take around 30 minutes. Perfect!
I've cooked Quesdaillas, green curry, chilli dishes and more and are all mega tasty.
But by far my favourite recipes are the cakes and treats, really quick, all using store cupboard ingredients, they are great for putting in the packed lunches and the recipes are not restrictive - I have easily been able to adapt some of the ingredients with no trouble at all.
Word of warning - This is not a healthy cookbook, most recipes using full fat varieties of most ingredients but do not be afraid to substitute for low-fat alternatives, in my experience it rarely impacts on the flavour or taste.
The banana butterscotch muffins are the family favourite using up the last of the weeks bananas (usually going brown at the bottom of the fruit bowl), although I have not yet been able to find any butterscotch pieces chocolate chips of any variety appear to work just fine yum yum!
Once my little one gets older I know he's going to love helping me with the dinner as there are some lovely child friendly recipes included also, I can't wait! (another excuse to bake more cakes and treats) :0)
I have recommended this book to many of my friends and family upon tasting my offerings.
All in all if you are a busy cook and looking for quick tasty recipes for the whole family this is the only book you need!
I was given this book last year as a present after I had raved about her TV series. OK she can be a bit annoying to watch on television, if you are female - I assume not if you are male, but she can certainly cook and she does make it look so enjoyable.
The book has been a great success and I find I am using it more than any of my other many cookbooks - of which I have a great number.
The book is nicely laid out in sections - Everyday Easy, Workday Winners, Get up and Go, On the Run etc. Each section is prefaced with an introduction from Nigella - and if you have watched her on TV you can almost hear her saying the introduction to you. Most of the recipes are also preceded by an explanation from her of where she got the recipe, and what it means to her. There are photos of all the recipes, which is always a help to let you see what it should look like. All the recipes I have attempted have been a success.
As the title suggests all the recipes are fairly easy and fast to prepare and it certainly makes you want to cook rather than buy in pre-prepared food.
Whatever your feelings about Nigella personally you can't deny that the woman can cook. I have thoroughly enjoyed not only cooking from this cook but also reading it as well. I think that is where Nigella excels where others fail. She gets her passion for food over in her writing. It makes the recipes all a 'must try'. I was sceptical when i saw the concept for this, especially after seeing Delia's appauling cheat effort. Nigella's is different. She recognises that sometimes you need to get food on the table fast BUT that doesnt come at the expense of taste.
I have particularly enjoyed making the desserts in this book. In my opinion this is her forte. The white chocolate and mint mousse and ice cream cake taste like a dream.
I like the lay out of the book. Loads of colourful and inviting photos of the finished article. There are a few of Nigella looking seductively into the camera but you can just skip past those with no worries.
The recipes are written simply enough for even a novice to undertand and none of the ongredients are obscure. If something is a little out of the ordinary she will expain what it is and where to get it.
I think Nigella has come up with a winner here. Shame she winds som many people up on TV because she really is a fantastic cook and writer.