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Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food [e-book on OverDrive] by Nigella Lawson

Fans of the Cooking Channel's Nigella Feasts and Nigella Express will enjoy Nigella Lawson's latest cookbook, /Simply Nigella : Feel Good Food/, in which Nigella shares some of her favorite recipes encapsulated by short prose in her breezy, British tone. It is easy to read Nigella's writing in the same intonations that pepper her speaking voice and this is one of the reasons I enjoy her cookbooks so much. Am I alone in this?

Simply Nigella is broken into 7 chapters, not counting the intro, acknowledgments, and index. Quick and Calm outlines recipes that should cause neither fuss nor anxiety; I'm especially looking forward to trying the Indian Spiced Cod recipe alongside some cumin-spiked jasmine rice. Bowlfood discusses dishes best served in a bowl; Dine shares recipes fit for guests but, again, they're un-fussy recipes. The chapter entitled Breathe provides "low and slow" recipes that are easily prepared but take hours of hands-off cooking, allowing the chef time to attend to out-of-the-kitchen matters. The Sides and Sweets chapters are self-explanatory, and the Beginnings chapter features hearty breakfast ideas (Baked French toast with plums and pecans sounds delectable). Many of the recipes shared include tips on making them ahead of time and storing leftovers optimally.

A few tidbits to note : 1) This cookbook is in e-book format. I have mixed feelings on such a format for a cookbook and realize that opinions may run strongly in the pro- and con- camps on this one. One benefit, in this case, is that quite a few of these recipes call for ingredients that are not readily available in our local stores and, realizing this, the author provides a link to a list of suggested retailers. From the ebook, you can simply click on the link to bring up that page. I'm certain the same information is provided in the print copy; this just saves you the step of transcribing the URL. 2) Having said that, I doubt I will ever try my hand at all of the recipes included in this book because of the very fact that I would have to special order quite a few ingredients. Therefore, despite the apparent and relative ease of the recipes, I view this book as a "special treat" cookbook rather than an "everyday" cookbook. For me, that makes this the perfect sort of item to check-out from the library as opposed to buying a copy.

If Simply Nigella (link to item page in OverDrive) interests you, feel free to check it out via OverDrive. We'll be back next Thursday with a different Staff Pick.