Nadiya’s Kitchen: Over 100 Simple and Delicious Family Recipes
Penguin Random House, 2016
Who doesn’t love Nadiya? Since her 2015 win on Great British Bake-Off, the world knew that this lady had big things in front of her. Her sheer joy at being in the kitchen and sharing food and recipes makes her so much fun to watch, and I’m excited any time there’s a new Nadiya series on the BBC.
Her first cookbook picks up some of the recipes she shared on bake-off (the much-praised cod and clementine is here) and is a fun combination of her own family’s favourites — lots of curries and Bangladeshi dishes (the curry with hard-boiled eggs is a stroke of brilliance) — with plenty of traditional British fare as well, including the birthday cake she made for the Queen.
Recipes are easy to follow and are clearly laid out, but North Americans should note that measurements including temperatures are in metric. Photos are clear and simple — no overly-fancy food styling here — and the result is that the reader can easily see what the finished product and presentation should look like.
Sections are straight-forward family fare such as Lazy Sunday Morning, Sharing Lunch, and Teatime. There’s also a section called Dinner Date that deviates from the regular format to pair a simple meal with a dessert, usually making 2 portions only.
Recipe intros are full of Nadiya’s warm voice as she shares stories of her family and life, and really make the reader want to cook each dish. Additionally, each recipe seems well-tested, there’s a feeling that Hussain’s family are willing guinea pigs who have tried each dish multiple times as she tweaks the recipe to perfection. On a personal note, all the recipes I tried from this book, as well as ones pulled off the BBC website from another of Nadiya’s shows, have been easy to follow with great results.
I used a library copy for this review, but I like this book enough to buy a copy, both because I’m a big fan and because this is a great and very useful collection.