Three Cheers for Eat by Nigel Slater

EAT I don’t know if this will be one of my favorite Nigel Slater books yet as I haven’t had time to delve into the entire volume. I do know I’m loving it so far.

It’s rather hard to beat The Kitchen Diaries, for me anyway, but this book Eat will give it a run for it’s money.

How wonderful it would be to follow Nigel around for a few months and learn some of his methods. Gardening is the challenge for me and he has such lovely gardens, but I digress. If you are looking for a cookbook with a traditional format then this may not be for you. He writes in a smooth flow embedding recipes into the conversation. For me, I love it as I am a fan of Nigel’s writing.

What I liked

Well, just about everything ! The writing style, the simplicity of the recipes, his focus on nutrition and the variations you can try with each recipe.

The cloth cover is lovely but I will worry about stains. The size is compact enough to be tossed into a bag when we travel so I’ll have a reference book for my temporary kitchen.

What I didn’t like

It’s a conundrum when addressing the cloth cover of this book. It reminds me of cookbooks from 40+ years ago I would find in my grandmother’s home. As I mentioned above, my concern is when I am cooking my hands get oily or stained with juices. I don’t want to mar this gorgeous book but it is bound to happen sooner or later.

This (below) looks like the European version. I like that cover better:


So many recipes to try but I was lucky enough to have a friend who lives in England share a few from her copy. Eat wasn’t available in the US until very recently.

I have made Marmalade Chicken and Pork and Figs so far. Next up will be a pasta dish with cream, mushrooms and bacon – Yum!

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*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

This is part of the British Books Challenge hosted at Feeling Fictional.


9 thoughts on “Three Cheers for Eat by Nigel Slater

  1. I really wanted to love this one but I couldn’t make the writing style work for me. I think my very list oriented/non-creative brain short circuited a bit with it. The marmalade chicken sounds amazing! I’m glad you’re enjoying it though I think I would have the same concerns about the cloth cover!


  2. oh i love Nigel!! The Kitchen Diaries was my bedtime reading for a while. I highly recommend reading his autobiography, same sensuous writing. Same as you I’d love him to come live at my house and teach me cook and garden…. sigh….


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