We have always maintained that the most consistent pleasure provided by Nigella Lawson's cookbooks—implying no slight to the recipes—is her prose.
Forthright, evocative, comforting, and inspiring, Lawson writes for people who love to cook and eat. Although there is nothing difficult about her recipes, they're not really written for someone who only wants 5-minute meals.
This is a book with a recipe called Lasagna of Love, about which Lawson says, "I love the ritual of making it: the anticipation, the preparation, the soothing repetition of the layering up, all suffuse me with celebratory coziness; even writing about it now, I find that I have an idiotically fond smile playing about my lips."
Choose this because you're on the side of a cook who devotes 28 pages to rhubarb and writes a chapter called "A Loving Defense of Brown Food." You won't be sorry.
Hardcover. Color photographs throughout.