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Lawson, who's written eight cookbooks (e.g., Nigella Fresh), begins her latest with a list of items she uses in the kitchen and a section on shortcuts and tips. Main course recipes include Roasted Seafood, which calls for 16 unpeeled, raw, colossal-size shrimp, and Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic. Desserts range from the beautifully layered Swedish Summer Cake (with nearly two pounds of strawberries) to simple-to-prepare Chocolate Chip Cookies. Whether you're preparing dinner for the family or guests, you'll find plenty of options that are simple to make and a feast for the eyes. [Six-city tour.] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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The many fans of Lawson's television shows will welcome this newest entry in the ever-growing series of cookbooks the ingenious and pneumatic kitchen diva has produced. Lawson is at home with any number of different cuisines, including Japanese, Italian, South African, Mexican, Australian, Thai, Korean, and her own native British cookery. In the last category she presents a spatchcocked Cornish game hen and intense gingerbread enriched with Guinness stout. She favors hearty meats such as lamb shanks and ham hocks. And she has special affection for dishes that one can easily serve at parties, ennobling even humble pigs in blankets with some decidedly sophisticated puff pastry. Recipes emphasize meticulous preparation and freshness of ingredients. The book includes a series of useful kitchen tips that Lawson has collected over the years. They range from tea-stain removal to easy pasta measuring. Occasional Briticisms may puzzle American readers, but they are far from insurmountable.--Knoblauch, Mark Copyright 2010 Booklist