Lawson, Nigella (Petrina Tinslay, illus.)
- Forever Summer
Chatto & Windus/Random House (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., Milsons Point NSW, 2002.
First edition. Quarto; hardcover, with illustrated boards and endpapers; 279pp., with many full colour illustrations. Minor wear; text block top edge lightly dusted. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. Setting the warm, relaxed tone befitting the season, UK food goddess Nigella Lawson presents her newest volume as an ode to summer, to freshness, and, in gray weather, to a time to "conjure up the sun, some light, a lazy feeling of having all the wide-skied time in the world to sit back and eat warmly with friends." Befitting a book of simply prepared summer dishes, Lawson takes her inspiration from such warm climes as southern Europe, the Middle East and southeast Asia. For starters, Lawson offers Grilled Eggplant with Feta, Mint and Chilli, where the ingredients are rolled inside the thinly sliced eggplant, and then moves on to Flatbread Pizzas, whose dough is made with za'atar, a mixture of thyme, sumac and sesame. Her pastas and salads are innovative and wonderfully fresh, such as Linguine with Chilli, Crab and Watercress; Watermelon, Feta and Black Olive Salad; or Shrimp and Black Rice Salad with Vietnamese Dressing. Main courses include Keralan Fish Curry with Lemon Rice, as well as Porchetta, which is chopped pork shoulder cooked with fennel, garlic and rosemary and sandwiched within a ciabatta roll. Winding down the meal, Lawson serves such cooling fare as Figs for a Thousand and One Nights, which are broiled and then pulled open until they look like "young birds squawking to be fed worms by their mummy" before they are drizzled with rose water, orange water and sugar. As viewers of her shows will notice, the book's photos - of both Nigella and the food - are just as cool and luscious as the recipes themselves.
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