Twenty years ago, Nigel Slater gave the world Real Fast Food, a resource for the hungry and hurried. Now, Slater is back with Eat, an updated take on the delicious and uncomplicated fare one can lean on during busy weeknights. And the thick book does not disappoint.
First things first: Eat looks beautiful. As soon as I opened the box and saw the mustard yellow cover, I was in love. The layout of the book is simple and easy to follow, uncluttered and to-the-point. It’s clearly designed to be used as a tool in the kitchen, and although messing up the minimalist design would be a tragedy, so would leaving this cookbook to age on the shelf.
The recipes range from four ingredient quickies to more involved and international offerings. But the one thing they all have in common is room to play. Slater includes suggestions for variations and encourages cooks to experiment with add-ins, combinations and departures. From vegetarian dishes to meat-and-potatoes entrees, all recipes are enticingly flavorful and simple.
Seafood and lamb recipes abound, perfect for those looking to expand their culinary staples list. Beans figure heavily into many entries, a dream come true for the economical minded. Chicken and beef are accounted for, as well. The front of the book contains a recipe list broken down by main ingredient, priceless for when you are staring into the fridge bemoaning what to do with the random veggies hanging around.
Eat was clearly written and made with home cooks in mind, and the smart design is a great compliment to the smart recipes. Say good-bye to boring dinners on the fly, and let Nigel Slater inspire you to reach for greater heights, even when you don’t have much time.
I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.
Bridey is a freelance writer living in Washington, D.C.
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