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Nigella Bites

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  6,088 Ratings  ·  69 Reviews
Nigella is now not only the best and most glamorous young home cook in Britain, and a great cookery writer, she's also become a household name. Her first short series on Channel 4 had over 2 million viewers and propelled her from success into stardom. How to Eat sold spectacularly on the back of the first unheralded 5-part series.

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Published May 10th 2001 by Chatto & Windus
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Aaronichi Many of Nigella's recipes from all her books are in constant rotation in my house. She introduces some great ideas that are easily scaled and…moreMany of Nigella's recipes from all her books are in constant rotation in my house. She introduces some great ideas that are easily scaled and applicable to other dishes. It's a great cook book, but her writing style makes me cringe every time I read a recipe.(less)
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else fine
Sep 16, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food
I will never forget the first time I saw Nigella Lawson - flipping through channels on a late, rainy night, I was stopped short by the sight of this curvaceous, gorgeous woman holding a stick of butter in each hand, extolling the virtues of bacon. Oh, the gleam in her eye, like some ancient goddess of bounty, inviting us cold and dieting masses to stop denying ourselves the oldest of pleasures. I was mesmerized. I feel the same way - enchanted - whenever I read one of her delightful cookbooks. D ...more
Valerie
Aug 05, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking
I didn't really like Nigella Bites. I've never seen Nigella's show, but I checked this book out from the library after reading (and liking) Nigella Express. When I was finished with Nigella Bites, I compared the publication dates for the two, and Bites was published in 2002 while Express was published in 2007.

This could account for some of the reasons I didn't like Nigella Bites. It was much less polished and seemed to lack focus. The book was divided into sections with titles such as "Comfort
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Lisa
Apr 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I've said before, I love Nigella's writing. She's a fab woman. This collection is easy peasy Nigella recipes that you want to make every day. I don't actually make any of them though I intend to one day. Maybe. As someone once said, this is classic cook book porn - reading about something that looks interesting and that other people do, but you know fine well you'll never try yourself. I can't take the credit for that as I can't remember who said it, but it's very appropriate I feel.
Claire
Jan 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like to read cookbooks. Not recipes, but the little intros that some food writers will include. And Nigella's great. Her attitude is breezy, you can tell she's brilliant and fun, appreciates delicious, uncompromised dishes, and sees her curves as a badge of honor. Plus the photographs are beautiful, typical food porn.
Highly recommend the recipes for bread and butter ginger jam pudding and the toffee dessert.
Crystal
Beautiful book but the food is horrendous.
Anne
May 07, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food
This was the first Nigella Lawson book I ever read, because I'd seen her recipe for ham in Coca Cola on the TV show of the same name and was dying to try it. I've made it several times since, along with many other of her recipes. In fact, every recipe I've tried (which has been most of them) has had fabulous results, most especially the orange breakfast muffins, lemon risotto, italian sausage with lentils, slow-roasted pork shoulder, and sticky-toffee dessert. The book isn't perfect, though it' ...more
Waspyredhead
I picked up this cookbook at half-price books recently, and I'm glad I scored it for just a few dollars. Full of gorgeous full color pictures of tasty food, and equally tasty Nigella Lawson... unfortunately the recipe content isn't as compelling. This is one of those cookbooks I enjoy flipping through, but I don't think it will earn a place on my shelf as a go-to resource for recipe brainstorming. I do get a kick out of how the content is organized. The book is broken into sections: All-day brea ...more
Fostergrants
Nov 13, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hungry people
the unpretentious way she talks about food makes me want to park my butt at her kitchen table and just watch and wait. this is not a sterile instruction book. she takes you into her messy kitchen that smells delicious and her sleeves probably have egg on them but she tells you to eat and enjoy the company and leave the dishes for tomorrow. i have tried quite a few of the recipes..but the 24 hr pork has to be my favorite. it is amazing. i left one star off because quite a few of the recipes were ...more
Bevin
Nov 29, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking
I love Nigella. Her casual elegance is easy to identify with. She's like the friend you always wanted- one who cooks well and loves to share! In this book based on the show of the same name, we get a lot of little tidbits about each dish and a beautiful colour photo as well. Why don't more cookbooks include a photo for each dish? It is an invaluable resource for the home cook.

As a vegetarian, there are many dishes I cannot try but several that just need a bit of a tweak. I'm most excited about h
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Samantha
Jan 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody who likes to eat,read or cook!
Shelves: food-and-cookery
Definitely not for you if you're eating light and lean. This book is very much about comfort food in various shapes and forms and if you like to eat, well this works! The recipes work well (as all cookbooks should) and my favorites are probably the lemon risotto, the mozarella sandwiches and the cream cheese brownies!!! Yum. As usual Ms Lawson chatters away entertainingly and I think this is one of her better books.
Dean
May 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Nigella Lawson,and I love this book.
(Although she had me at the cover.)
t's just a fun book to curl up with,and bring a cup of tea,and add a rainy day and it's a soothing wonderfull book.
Nigella's unpracticed amateur prose puts a kind of personal funky layer to this that makes it a lovely read.
I reccomend this very much,and also,it's just got some damn good simple recipies.
I would buy this as a gift for a new couple.
Kathy
Aug 25, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbook
I very much like Nigella's approach to cooking. It closely resembles my own. However she uses many ingredients that I do not like and sometimes I think her recipes are lacking something in flavour. That said, the recipes provide many inspirations and I will definitely try several with my own take, especially the breaksfast recipes.
Deanna
Oct 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the sections divvied up into categories like "Trashy," "Comfort Food," and "Temple Food", etc. This is one of my go-to cookbooks I use at least a few times each month, if not each week. Nigella writes with warmth and fun, and it shows just how passionate she is about food. I MUCH prefer her food-shortcuts approach than that of Rachael Ray.
Celia
Nov 15, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
This is probably the least dense of Nigella's cookbooks, and I think I prefer her enormous volumes. Bites is pretty simple, but well organised (I always like the way Nigella arranges her books) and contains some interesting recipes. I think her bigger books (Domestic Goddess and How to Eat) are always going to be my favourites though.
Bittersweet
Feb 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookery
My copy is naked and singed, after an accident with a gas burner.

This is a kooky book - many ODD recipes, but still good ones. On first read i thought i would never use it again, but the Ham in Coca-Cola is a perfect dish, and the chocolate-chestnut fridge cake is, as Nigella says, dangerously compelling.
Allison
May 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Nigella Lawson. Although I don't think I will be trying to make her recipe for "Spatchcoked Birds" I love reading all her cookbooks. She writes with wit, humor and true SASS about food, ingredients, cooking and life. I am thoroughly enjoying this books. I can't wait to rustle up the roasted vegetable & halloumi cheese bake.
Constance Williams
So good I bought it twice! (A friend permanently borrowed my initial copy so I had to replace).

There are a number of recipes in here I couldn't live without. I adore the Coca-Cola ham, Egyptian Tomato Salad and the American Pancakes.

Easy to follow and fun! Something for everyone.
Ginger
Aug 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love looking through this cookbook. Some recipes are a little different, but she makes everything seem so comfortable. I used to watch her show and it was as if she just opened her home to you. Good comfort food recipes
Lisa
Aug 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to review, in essence, a book of recipes. I absolutely love Nigella. She's so real, whereas a lot of "TV chefs" are full of it and themselves. If she says use real butter, she's not kidding. She's exceptionally down-to-earth and her cookbooks show that.
Monique
May 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
Nigella doesn't prepare meals for the working mom. Many of her recipes are for special occasions and require tons of prep work. There are several items I want to make when I have time...but not for a dinner party.
Jessica Howard
Sep 09, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
I love her extravagant use of adjectives. And the fact that she's an unabashed chocoholic. Some of her recipes are a little weird/too British for me (asparagus dipped in runny eggs?) but the desserts are fabulous.
Aaronichi
Feb 29, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people looking for good recipes
Shelves: cooking
This is my favorite Nigella book. Good, easy recipes for a variety of occasions. Great for people that need this kind of direction in their cooking, or just want some fresh solid ideas.
I'm not a fan of her writing style, though. Her writing is a little too verbose for a cook book.
Malina
Feb 17, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: eaters, cooks, bakers
Shelves: cookbooks
This is a fun Nigella cookbook. The pictures, organization and writing made it a fun read and we're planning to try out some recipes this week, though I'm sure their good or she wouldn't be so popular right?
Tuyet
Oct 28, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this cookbook generally all the way through, skipping the more cheesy recipes. I have not tried any of the recipes out, but I will probably be storing some away from a couple holiday dinner parties. Great delectable writing and tasty blownup pictures.
R.
Feb 06, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nigella Lawson herself gets five stars from me, as does her writing style. The recipes in this book, however, earn two stars. Each dish is either too complicated for me, too unhealthy, or just unappetizing. "How to Eat" is much better.
DeDe
Feb 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a huge Nigella fan. No fuss recipes, but some are unusual. I love her narrative
Fortheloveofdanes
I find some of the things she makes i cant eat due to i dont eat meat :) however, my hubby and son love it :)
Kim
Sep 03, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cook-books
Didn't like this as much as the others. Seemed rushed. Not too many of the recipes appealed to me either.
Sarah
Apr 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great cookbook. It's fun to read and has some great recipes. Every recipe I've made from this book was good. Especially the lemon risotto, I make it all the time.
Yasmin
Dec 18, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This made the list because I really enjoy reading cookbooks, and I like Nigella's conversational tone and the multitude of glossy photographs of her. Beware: a little goes a long way.
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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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