Anyone who has ever heard Nigella Lawson describe food in her unmistakable sultry accent knows that she’s a Brit, through and through. But in the kitchen, her style has always leaned Italian. “It was when I was sixteen or seventeen that I decided to be Italian,” Nigella explains in the introduction to her ninth cookbook, Nigellissima. “I simply felt drawn to it, to Italy.”
I hear you, Nigella. Though I’m zero-percent Italian by birth, I’ve been an infatuated Italophile for as long as I can remember. After learning to cook the Italian way during my semester abroad in Rome, I, too, decided to be Italian. Most of what comes out of my kitchen today reflects my adopted heritage.
During her gap year in Florence, Nigella worked as a chambermaid at a family-run pensione and spent most of her free time in the kitchen with Nonna, an Italian grandmother “out of central casting.” Nigella’s recipes in Nigellissima are inspired by the classic techniques used by generations of Italian grandmothers, but she makes no claims of authenticity. The cookbook’s pastas, main dishes, vegetables and sweets all encompass her own personal spin on Italian food.
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Help us celebrate the end of 2010 with a round-up of all your Cooking Channel favorites. This week we’re looking back at the shows, recipes, foods and photos you loved the most.
#1 Online Video of 2010: Tandoori Chicken
Fans of Indian Food Made Easy host Anjum Anand followed her into the kitchen of Gaylord Restaurant, the very first Indian restaurant to open in mad-for-curry London almost fifty years ago. The tandoori chef walks Anjum through the making of the classic dish, tandoori chicken.
• See How He Does It
• More Indian Recipes from Anjum
• Learn How Anjam Anand Started Cooking
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Feast on fall freshness: Emeril's shaved fennel salad
We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Summer Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.
In this edition of Fall Fest 2010, we’re talking about the salads of fall. It’s true that the warmer months are better-known for garden-and-farm fresh salads, but just because there’s a bit of a chill in the air, doesn’t mean you have to go eating all heavy. Fall’s bounty — squash, spinach, beans, beets, figs, grapes, apples — this is all great salad stuff. In fact, I’d argue that it’s even better than the zucchini, peppers, corn and peaches we started the season with. So without further ado, here are 5 fantastic salads you must try (before comfort season really takes over).
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Vietnamese Shrimp and Glass Noodle Salad
Need a dinner idea for tonight? At 4pm ET, Nigella Lawson is whipping up a simple, sexy salad that should cement her title as Kitchen Goddess…
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Ice Cream Cake for Deer Friends - Kerry Soraci
So I caught my first episode of Food(ography) with Mo Rocca which was shamelessly dedicated to one of my favorite year-round pastimes…
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