Feast by Nigella Lawson is the first cookbook I ever picked up at the library about 4 years ago. So, I guess you could say it was the beginning of my cookbook obsession. I have always had a lot of cookbooks, but when I realized how many I could try at the library without committing to buying them, I was hooked! I’ll admit I was actually drawn to the cover of this book. Not the American version above, but the British/Canadian version below (I was living in Nova Scotia at the time). I really don’t like the American cover and probably wouldn’t have been interested in it at all.
We don’t own a tv, so I had no clue who Nigella Lawson (of Food Network fame) was. But I enjoyed her writing and I loved the recipes so much we ended up buying the book, and I bought a copy for Sarah too.
Feast is a collection of recipes broken down into categories like Christmas, Easter, Kiddie Feasts, Chocolate Cake Hall of Fame, Weddings, Funerals and more. I don’t think you need to have a particular feast in mind to benefit from this book — all the recipes have been fantastic — but I think it shines if you’re in charge of a holiday feast and don’t know where to begin.
Favorite recipe so far: Rhubarb Crumble with Vanilla Custard, the Easter Egg cake is a close second!
Recipes Tried: Andy’s Fairfield Granola, banana buttermilk pancakes, rigatoni al forno, birthday custard sponge, ham in cherry coke, maple pecan muffins, rhubarb muffins, cheesy feet crackers, ritzy chicken nuggets, buche de Noel and lots more. I estimate that I’ve tried over 10% of the recipes in Feast, and I haven’t found a bad one yet. There are about 300 recipes in this book, so there are plenty to choose from.
Pros: All the recipes that I’ve tried (well over 30) have been great additions to my cooking repertoire, and it’s just a fun book to read. Nigella has a way with words that makes you want to try her recipes, and you’ll be glad you did.
Cons: Well the recipes are definitely not on the healthy side of the spectrum, but that’s not really what feasts are supposed to be about, right? And I’m not a fan of the cover – maybe it’s just me, but what is with her sweater?!