Cookbook of the Week, ‘Appetite’ by Nigel Slater


My greasy, ripped copy of Appetite (2000) which I purchased in Oxfam for £3.99.

Something that I’ve found reduces stress around food is picking one recipe book per week to do most of my cooking from.  I’ve selected the ones that work best for weeknight cooking and arranged them in alphabetical order by title.

This week we started from the beginning with Nigel Slater’s Appetite. The focus of the book is very much on teaching you how to cook. It’s full of ideas and each recipe comes with a list of variations.

We made the onion and taleggio tart, a treat since taleggio costs a fortune. It did us for a couple of days though. Then we had the “quick, soothing weekday cheese and pasta supper” which is basically any soft cheese dumped on a pile of pasta and green vegetables.  We made the spicy vegetable stir fry. It was okay, but I’m not sure why I bother trying to cook stir fry.  Finally, I tried something new and cooked the “really, juicy, spicy meatballs”.  These were incredible and even better the next day stuffed into pita bread and drizzled with sweet chili sauce.

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