AT MY TABLE: A Celebration of Home Cooking by Nigella Lawson. Nigella in conversation with Paul Cullen.
Thursday 1 Feb, 7.30pm
Federation Concert Hall
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‘Our lives are formed by memories, and the focus of mine is the food I’ve cooked and the people I’ve cooked for, the people who have sat at my table, as well as the other tables I’ve eaten on, from the blue formica of my childhood, to the mottled zinc that is the nexus of my life now.’
Nigella Lawson has long been a champion of the home cook, creating recipes that are approachable, achievable and above all, delicious. Her new book, AT MY TABLE continues Nigella’s celebration of home cooking and includes over a hundred new recipes that she has shared with friends and family at her table, and are offered here for her readers to enjoy.
AT MY TABLE is abundant with recipes that are warming, comforting, and inspirational, from new riffs on classic dishes – Chicken Fricassee; Sticky Toffee Pudding – to adventures in a host of new dishes and ingredients: Aubergine Fattet; White Miso Hummus; and Garlicky Roast Potatoes with Oregano and Feta.
As with all Nigella’s work, this is a book to read and savour as much as to cook from; ‘This book, like all the books I’ve written and all the cookery books I’ve read, is not just a manual, but a collection of stories and a container of memories.’ Engagingly written, the recipes in AT MY TABLE include anecdotes, stories and advice from Nigella that are as entertaining as they are nourishing. Here are dishes to inspire all cooks and eaters, from Hake with Bacon, Peas and Cider to Apple Pork Chops with Sauerkraut Slaw; Rump Steaks with Anchovy Cream Sauce to a signature Nigella Chicken and Pea Traybake; plus a host of colourful vegetable dishes, such as Eastern Mediterranean Chopped Salad, and Carrots and Fennel with Harissa.
No Nigella cookbook would be complete without crowd-pleasing cakes and desserts and AT MY TABLE delivers, with a number of recipes set to become repertoire regulars: Victoria Sponge with Cardamom, Marmalade and Crème Fraiche; Emergency Brownies; White Chocolate Cheesecake; and a wonderful version of Queen of Puddings, being just a few contenders.