Nigellissima: Instant Italian Inspiration by Nigella Lawson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Gnocchi gratin, saffron orzotto, Tuscan fries, mascarpone & ricotta pancakes with rum-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 these ingredients? This is the point where you reach for 'Nigellissima'. She says in the introduction: "What I am is an English woman who has lived in Italy, who loves Italian food and has been inspired and influenced by that... I don't claim that these recipes are authentically Italian, but authentic they are nonetheless."
So do as Nigella does and be inspired by your favourite cultures (this philosophy is not restricted to Italian by any means!) and make it work for you. Even for these Anglicised versions of Italian food Nigella gives options for when you can't find/don't have/don't like something.
I love following a recipe and recreating something magical. But I also love reading a recipe and going to explore my own pantry and seeing what I come up with; simply being inspired to create.
And, P.S. I read this cover to cover. Every. Single. Word.