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Nigellissima: Easy Italian-Inspired Recipes

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Nigellissima, like the Italian cooking from which it takes its inspiration, is a celebration of food that is fresh, delicious, and unpretentious. Here Nigella Lawson serves up 120 straightforward and mouthwatering recipes that are quick and easy yet elevate weeknight meals into no-fuss feasts.
“It was when I was sixteen or seventeen that I decided to be Italian. Not that
ebook, 288 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by Clarkson Potter (first published September 13th 2012)
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Nov 28, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So. I knew her name. But really nothing else about Nigella Lawson. I've seen her cookbooks in friends' kitchens; that was about it. When Shauna Niequist (Bread & Wine) highly recommended her cookbooks for "comfort reading" I decided to see what was what.

Sidenote: When I told a co-worker that Nigella was my 'new thang', she informed me that Nigella is now déclassé (well, that's not the word she used, but I just learned it--from Nigella--and needed to test drive it) because of personal proble
Sep 17, 2012 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking-food
Gnocchi gratin, saffron orzotto, Tuscan fries, mascarpone & ricotta pancakes with run-steeped strawberries, meringue gelato cake, pork belly slices with chilli and fennel seeds, chocolate nougat cookies, turkey breast stuffed with Italian sausage - shall I go on?

I have a great admiration for Nigella Lawson, and I think that the foundation of this cookbook is brilliant. We all have an Italian cookbook, or have stared longingly at some delicious recipe, but where on earth do you find some of t
Jul 23, 2013 Deodand rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Italian food is not high on my list of favourites. (It almost seems like blasphemy to admit this. I don't like capers, olives or veal.) I did enjoy this recipe book, precisely because it is the Nigella treatment of Italian cuisine. She has made a thorough study, kept the best bits, and made the rest out of her extensive technical knowledge of food. I like Italian-style recipes a lot more once they have been run through her filter.
Mar 09, 2013 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This just didn't do much for me. I think that if I had picked it up without Lawson attached to it, I might have liked it better - it's a beautiful book, and many of the recipes are simple, delicious and kind of different. I love her fascination with black pasta; the fig and olive chutney is great and the roast chicken with vegetables, while kind of a no-brainer, is totally the kind of thing I wish I'd thought of. But her intros, which I usually love, just don't feel authentic. She's constantly j ...more
David John Gray
Feb 23, 2017 David John Gray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yum yum

Again Novella writes and creates magic in the kitchen that
Are fairly easy to do but your waistline might suffer as a result
Jennifer Rayment
Feb 27, 2013 Jennifer Rayment rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Good Stuff

Truly stunning photography
Love the use of many natural ingredients
Plenty of unusual combinations that really work
Simple uncomplicated meals
The introduction is fabulous and interesting - one of the more in-depth introductions I have ever seen in a cookbook
The Shrimp Pasta Rosa is now a main staple in our weekly dinners. Its easy and quick to make and the kids love it. We also substitute chicken for the shrimp frequently as seafood is seriously pricey in Calgary (and don't get
Feb 05, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many of the recipes in Nigella Lawson's previous cookbooks are Italian-inspired, so it wasn't a complete surprise to learn she was releasing a book dedicated to Italian cooking.

The book doesn't stray far from her signature cookbook style – simple fonts, gorgeous photography, clear recipe layouts and the recipes are all introduced with some background information and/or a personal story from Nigella.

Although it's not integral to the 'cooking' part of the book, I love these personal stories before
Nov 04, 2013 Kristin rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
Like many modern mommies, I rely on my Pinterest boards and phone apps for dinner recipes, especially around the holidays. The mobile access is critical since I often find myself determining my grocery list while at the grocery store, and clearly would not be lugging six cookbooks with me while shopping! So this weekend I was again at Whole Foods, again scrambling on my mobile, again trying to find a recipe--one that I'd remembered seeing in a cookbook, but was having a hard time pulling up sinc ...more
Ashley Katsuyama
Jan 19, 2014 Ashley Katsuyama rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking
I love Nigella and her quick and resourceful meals and overall practicality. However, this cookbook just didn't appeal to me (surprising, considering how much I love Italian food). The photography was done well and her descriptions and writings are heartfelt and interesting, which made the book enjoyable to read. But I only felt enticed to try a handful of the recipes and haven't been particularly wowed by those I did. Considering how much my family enjoys many of the recipes from her other book ...more
Apr 09, 2013 False rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food-drink
I have never read one of her cookbooks (and I've read them all) where I wanted to make ONE thing. This is no different. If she ate, on a regular basis, by that I mean day-to-day, this food? She'd be as big as a house. Dreadful recipes, heavy on pasta, tomatoes and basil. Few soups, few appetizers, gooey desserts (minus the biscotti.) Useless. I'm glad she has an extremely rich husband. She can play at this food porn goddess for a few more, but for cooking chops-skills-ingenuity? Forget it.
Jaclyn Reding
Aug 23, 2013 Jaclyn Reding rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a rule, I don't often buy "celebrity" cookbooks (or celebrity anything for that matter)...and even if there are shortcuts and what I would call "cheats" in lieu of the true authentic ingredient or method of preparation, who can but help loving Nigella in all her gorgeousness and unapologetic honesty? That said, there are some rather good, uniquely inspired dishes here...well deserving of a place on my burgeoning cookbook shelf. To be honest, the photography alone is enough to make you drool.
Jan 07, 2013 Rebecca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks, reviewed, food
The best section of Nigellissima is definitely the cakes/baking bit, Nigella really is great at all that... but in general, the book just feels a bit too quick-cooking and gadgety, she doesn't give alternatives to those who don't have all the gadgets that she uses (she also doesn't say who has to wash up after her...) I normally have the opposite problem with cookbooks, they expect you to soak your own beans etc, but Nigella instead expects you to buy lots of quick short cut ingredients!
Victoria Coombes
Oct 13, 2016 Victoria Coombes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookery
Delicious, simple and beautiful recipes! Love Italian, Love Nigella, Love delicious food and drink - this book have it all and it's wonderful for anyone, either beginner or skilled chef! The book is also gorgeously decorated, with silk ribbon bookmark, has lots of lovely bright and high quality pictures, and has many notes and tips from Nigella, that are really useful and improves your cooking skills... =)
Dec 05, 2014 D rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i love her angle for this book -- a very personal, cumulative approach to italian. accessible, creative, and thought-provoking.

(1) easy calabrian lasagna -- quite easy, quite good. a very different mouth feel from typical lasagne, with a fraction of the fuss. is in the regular roster now.

(2) italian tray bake -- again, super, super easy. i made this, and it was devoured gloriously, wholly, messily, by gli italiani. high marks. will also be added to the rotation.
Nov 14, 2014 Hester rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three for the food, one extra for the author. When recently I trashed a "cookbook" because it sucked, I was told that wasn't "nice." Here's how you do it: write about food people actually want to eat. It helps if you can write, and have shit to say, like Ms. Lawson does on account of she's a pro and knows her way around a recipe. Publishing is not kindergarten. No points for effort.
Jun 21, 2013 G.G. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
Have been enjoying cooking--and eating--my way through Nigellissima since one of my sisters gave it to me for Christmas last year. Found the Sicilian Cauliflower Salad (pp. 124-25) a little fiddly, but other recipes--Garlic Mushrooms with Chilli & Lemon (pp. 118-19; great over polenta) and Cod with Broccoli & Chilli (pp. 82-83)--are wonderful: fast and flavourful.
Mar 19, 2013 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm rating this book just on pictures alone. Gorgeous. Her ingredients are pretty much basic Italian. So many of these recipes are kinda like the ones I had as a child, but with a more up to date twist. Her christmas section is out of this world. Give me any of these recipes and I will be in heaven.
May 27, 2014 Jenna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
I'm the kind of person who reads cookbooks cover to cover, even the weird "pantry" parts where the cookbook authors assume you have never actually used your kitchen before, and I couldn't really get through this one. The photos are gorgeous, but the recipes all struck me as kind of boring, and the book is poorly edited.
Jan 25, 2013 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nigella is always a go-to cookbook queen for me. Her dishes are beautifully presented, and her style is very easy-going but still very much focused on flavour. My only caveat with this book is that there are a few repeated recipes here - things you have seen online or on shows with her, or at least very similar versions. Otherwise - love, love, love.
Jul 26, 2013 Mrs. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
The rare cookbook that you want to read from cover to cover. My favorite recipes were the desserts. Some editorial problems in the edition I read, e.g., the same sentence repeated twice in a row. If you don't have a lot of Italian cookbooks, this is a good one to get - entertaining stories, beautiful photographs and interesting recipes.
Louise Armstrong
I am a huge Nigella fan - her recipes work for me and it's only fair to say I know little about Italian food and don't care much for pasta, but I didn't find much to inspire me in here and a couple of things turned out a bit blah.

The hazelnut cheesecake was the best, but I wouldn't make it again.
Total food porn photography, but focuses heavily on the culinary school of fatty-mc-fat fat. This is not how real Italians eat daily- it's all celebration or treat food. It gives an incorrect perspective into Italian cuisine.
Naomi Blackburn
May 23, 2013 Naomi Blackburn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the most part a cool cookbook. I walked away with several interesting pasta dish recipes. I will say that this cookbook was loaded down with more fish and meats that I wouldn't eat for humane or personal reasons. The dessert recipes, including a tiramsu in tini glasses were def. keepers.
Lovely book with nice pictures, but most of the recipes are very complicated with harder to find ingredients. I chose about six recipes that I felt were easy enough. Many of the recipes featured in the show (like eggs in hell) are not in this book.
Dec 17, 2013 Jenya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm an avid cook who's addicted to cook books and I keep finding myself going back to this one for new and delicious recipes. Every time I make something from this book it's a winner. I Love Nigella!!!!!
She is one of my favorite TV chefs, and I love her recipes. That being said there are a few in here that I just can't see myself trying. I did find a few I plan on trying out soon that fit my tastes and aren't too complicated.
May 21, 2013 Lowenna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is great!I gave it to my Mum for Christmas and we have had some really nice food since. It is full of some really interesting food combinations and a few twists on old classics.
A great way to get your family eating interesting foods!
Jan 16, 2015 Vanessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking
I have other Italian cookbooks that I like more, but this does come off the shelf decently often. I like the vegetable and pasta dishes best. Generally, the simpler the ingredients the better it goes over. There's some repeats or dishes with only slight changes from her other cookbooks.
Jul 28, 2013 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking, 2013
I'd probably give this 3.5 stars. Beautiful photography and each recipe had a photo included. Love the idea of using unique items in an Italian dish (black pasta!!) and the last section dedicated to Christmas recipes.
Kaajal Noorani
Feb 17, 2013 Kaajal Noorani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nigellissima.....a real treat for your book shelf. Extremely easy and practical recipes, with Basic to few ingredients. Have tried a number of them especially the Olive Oil Chocolate Cake, was a real winner and made so effortlessly. All in all a very good buy.
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Nigella Lawson is the daughter of former Conservative cabinet minister Nigel Lawson (now Lord Lawson) and the late Vanessa Salmon, socialite and heir to the Lyons Corner House empire, who died of liver cancer in 1985. Lawson attended Godolphin and Latymer School and Westminster School before graduating from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, with a degree in Medieval and Modern Languages.
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