The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food
A flapped paperback Vintage Classics anniversary edition to celebrate 20 years of How to Eat and cement its true status as a classic, as enjoyable and inspiring as it is practical.
'At its heart, a deeply practical yet joyously readable book…you are all set to head off to the kitchen and have a truly glorious time’ Nigel Slater, Guardian
Revisit and discover the sensational first cookbook from Nigella Lawson.
When Nigella Lawson’s first book, How to Eat, was published in 1998, two things were immediately clear: that this fresh and fiercely intelligent voice would revolutionise cookery writing, and that How to Eat was an instant classic of the genre.
Here was a versatile culinary bible, through which a generation discovered how to feel at home in the kitchen and found the confidence to experiment and adapt recipes to their own needs. This was the book to reach for when hastily organising a last-minute supper with friends, when planning a luxurious weekend lunch or contemplating a store-cupboard meal for one, or when trying to tempt a fussy toddler. This was a book about home cooking for busy lives.
The chief revelation was the writing. Rather than a set of intimidating instructions, Nigella’s recipes provide inspiration. She has a gift for finding the right words to spark the reader’s imagination, evoking the taste of the ingredients, the simple, sensual pleasures of the practical process, the deep reward of the finished dish. Passionate, trenchant, convivial and wise, Nigella’s prose demands to be savoured, and ensures that the joy and value of How to Eat will endure for decades to come.
‘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
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY JEANETTE WINTERSON
“The recipes are stories as much as instructions… while there are ingredients lists, the words run on like a well-ordered stream of consciousness”
UK Press Syndication
“This is a book to be read cover to cover, like a novel. Buy yourself two copies: one for reading and one for use in the kitchen”
Constance Craig Smith, Daily Mail, **Books of the Year**