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'I Love Nigella Lawson's writing and I love her recipes, ' Delia Smith First paperback publication - in a high-quality trade paperback edition - of Nigella Lawson's hugely successful cookbook. Over 45, 000 copies sold in hardback.

'The Great British Culinary Renaissance we hear so much about may have done many things - given us extra virgin olive oil, better restaurants and gastroporn - but what is hasn't done is teach us how to cook'. HOW TO EAT is a book that does: part recipe collection, part culinary manifesto and part evocation of the pleasures of eating, it has hundreds of recipes and menus, but more than that, it encourages you to see cooking in context and, most important, to acquire a real understanding. It covers kitchen basics, children's food, everyday cooking, weekend lunch, the last-minute dinner party - and much more. But at its heart, it is about a feeling for food, a book to be read as well as cooked from. HOW TO EAT is a book that wrests cooking back from the professional kitchens and the trendy menus to give confidence back to the ordinary, unexpert home cook. Unique, invaluable, comprehensive, this is a celebration of good food and an utterly modern kitchen vade mecum.

Check out Nigella’s Quick Collection app, a fantastic new way to cook, using your iPhone and iPod Touch. Now updated with 20 new recipes exclusive to the app PLUS 10 additional recipes adapted from Nigella's latest book, KITCHEN.


Nigella Lawson is one of the best and most influential of British food writers ... The staple cookbook for a whole generation

Ruth Rogers, co-author of The River Café Cookbook

My kitchen bible to this day... You made me realise that every meal is a celebration. You didn’t teach me how to cook. You taught me how to eat.

Nigel Slater, Observer

How to eat, how to cook, how to write: I want two copies of this book, one to reference in the kitchen and one to read in bed.

Yotam Ottolenghi

A classic of the genre: a book that easily gathers both experiences and novice cooks under its wing, with something to teach them all, and a witty confiding manner as it does so. Frankly, no kitchen is complete without.

The Irish Independent

How to Eat may just be the best cookery book ever

Daily Telegraph

A love letter to all things culinary


The one book you have to buy this year

Daily Mail

The domestic bible for the millennium generation


If you could have just one food book this year, make it How To Eat

Time Out

A gloriously sensual wander through the possibilities of food. The recipes read more like seduction than instruction


My book of the decade... I love this book: its prose, its intelligence and, above all, its workable, soul-warming recipes

Nigel Slater

The most valuable culinary guide published this decade

Sunday Telegraph

A chatty, sometimes cheeky celebration of home–cooked meals

USA Today

[Nigella] brings you into her life and tells you how she thinks about food, how meals come together in her head...and how she cooks for family and friends... A breakthrough...with hundreds of appealing and accessible recipes

Amanda Hesser, New York Times

Nigella Lawson serves up irony and sensuality with her comforting recipes...the Queen of Come–On Cooking

Los Angeles Times

Nigella Lawson is, whisks down, Britain's funniest and sexiest food writer, a raconteur who is delicious whether detailing every step on the way towards a heavenly roast chicken and root vegetable couscous or explaining why 'cooking is not just about joining the dots'

Richard Story, Vogue

A big book in every sense of the word: passionate, informative, detailed, bossy and admirably practical.

Evening Standard

This book, with its evocative writing style and empowering approach (it's all about experimentation, and broadening skills and knowledge) was the one that most inspired my cooking when it was first published back in 1998. The joy is, it's now available in hardback, which will please the legions of cooks who, like me, have a falling-apart paperback copy on their shelf


A masterclass in food writing – one glance shows how good she really is

Yotam Ottolenghi, Metro

A brilliant book… If you haven’t discovered Nigella’s very first cookbook yet, there is something missing from your bookshelf. I’m so evangelical about this book that if I find any of my friends don’t own it, I generally buy them a copy at the next available opportunity.

April Harris

It’s the first cookbook I ever properly read, and I loved it on three levels: for the quality of the writing, for the way it encourages you not to follow a recipe slavishly but to be bold, experiment and explore variations as you cook – and for the way Nigella captures the magic that happens when people sit down and eat together

Karen Barnes, Delicious

I’m inspired by Nigella Lawson’s How to Eat… It’s about a lifestyle and an attitude

Kathryn Parsons, Harper's Bazaar

This is a book I constantly return to, as reference in the kitchen or just to read for the sheer pleasure of Nigella’s writing. There are so many people telling us how to eat these days that this book, ironically, feels like a non-dictatorial return to common sense

Yotam Ottolenghi, Waitrose Weekend

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback


    August 1, 2014

    Chatto & Windus

    544 pages

    RRP $55.00

    Online retailers

    • Fishpond
    • Mighty Ape
    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • The Nile

    Find your local bookstore at www.booksellers.co.nz/directory

  • Trade Paperback


    November 19, 1999

    Chatto & Windus

    544 pages

    RRP $49.99

    Online retailers

    • Fishpond
    • Mighty Ape
    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • The Nile

    Find your local bookstore at www.booksellers.co.nz/directory

  • EBook


    June 5, 2014

    Vintage Digital

    544 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks NZ
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
    • Booktopia NZ

    Find your local bookstore at www.booksellers.co.nz/directory

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At My Table
Simply Nigella
Nigella Bites (Nigella Collection)
Nigella Kitchen
Nigella Summer
Nigella Quick Collection for iPad
Nigella Quick Collection iPhone App
Nigella Express
Nigella Christmas
Forever Summer
Nigella Bites
How To Be A Domestic Goddess


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NOPI: The Cookbook
Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook
Up the Duff: The Real Guide to Pregnancy
One Handed Cooks
Women Who Run With The Wolves
River Cafe 30
Mary Berry's Absolute Favourites
Four Kitchens
Healthy Home Cooking for Kids
The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
Good Food: 30-minute suppers
Delia's Complete How To Cook
Deja Food
The Roasting Tin