Hivemind query: cookbook recs, the Nigella Lawson edition


So…  I’ve now finished reading How to Eat by Nigella Lawson, and I have a bit of a dilemma. I love Nigella Lawson’s style and her no-nonsense approach to cooking; and her advice and general tips, but… but the book itself has very few recipes I can use, mostly because so much of what’s in it requires either milk, buttermilk, cream, and/or alcohol, none of which my digestive system can bear (I do butter and cheese fine, and small quantities of milk in pastries that are well cooked, and that’s about my upper limit). Does she have any later books where the reliance on these ingredients isn’t as important? I got the impression that one of her later books (can’t remember which one?) drew a bit more from South and East Asian cooking? And Nigellissima is Italian food?


  1. After seeing her make the abomination that was meat pizza, or “Meatza”, Nigellissima became my weekly comedy viewing, where my wife and I competed to come up with the least authentic Italian dish.
    I thought How to Eat was a bit much for my daily cooking, but it’s where I found the only American pancake recipe I ever use.

  2. Hahaha, fair point, thanks! She has… a bit of an unorthodox approach, but I enjoy some of the recipes, and her style is entertaining (unlike many cookbooks I own, which are just plain boring).
    How to Eat isn’t really my style of cooking, though in between the recipes there are very good tips for how to deal with lunches and dinners with friends when you’re working full-time.

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