Nigella Lawson gave us a holiday cookbook last season. Now, just in time for her new show, she’s back with NIGELLA KITCHEN (Hyperion, $35). If you’ve ever seen her show, you know that it’s set not in a test kitchen but in her home. The kitchen is the heart of the home and it is here that she shines. Her forte has been creating delicious recipes that are simple to prepare, and she draws them from all parts of the globe. Nigella shares her love of food with family and friends, whether preparing simple roasted chicken dinners using her mother’s recipe, or cupcakes made especially for a birthday party. She’s included nearly 200 recipes in this book.
Jamie Oliver does America in JAMIE’S AMERICA (Hyperion $37.50). Traveling the beautiful expanses of our great country, Oliver discovered many things about the people and places. He also learned a lot about the regional dishes that Americans love. Now he tells stories from these travels, introducing the many people he met along the way, and reinterpreting the dishes he found. The book contains lovely photographs of those people and places. It also features more than 100 recipes that provide the amateur and professional chef an opportunity to re-experience American cuisine.
Ina Garten’s popular Barefoot Contessa series has been a Food Network staple. To keep the show fresh, Garten has recently produced cookbooks for those interested in learning the basics of cooking and in preparing her favorite recipes at home. If you watch her show, you’ll recognize her mantra in the title of her new BAREFOOT CONTESSA: HOW EASY IS THAT? (Clarkson Potter $35). When Garten uses this phrase, she’s pointing out that with a few ingredients and some planning you can make the perfect French toast, host the perfect dinner party, plan the perfect beach picnic. For this book she’s selected recipes that are simple and delicious and has provided tips for making readers better cooks.