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Old 06-02-2010, 04:40 PM   #1
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"Nigella Feasts"

Repeats now showing on the "Cooking Channel". Ugh. Haven't watched her in ages & now remember why I stopped after viewing a recent segment. Her recipe for "authentic" Guacamole:

A couple of avocados mashed with juice from one lime, a small amount of chopped cilantro, & two chopped scallions. That's it. Good grief. That's not Guacomole - that's just a couple of mashed avocados.

No peppers - chili or otherwise - no garlic, no onion, no (optional) diced tomato. How bland can you get? And she stands there touting it as SO wonderful. Blech.

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Old 06-02-2010, 04:41 PM   #2
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you crack me up!!!! ha! I agree!
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Old 06-02-2010, 05:19 PM   #3
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Repeats now showing on the "Cooking Channel". Ugh. Haven't watched her in ages & now remember why I stopped after viewing a recent segment. Her recipe for "authentic" Guacamole:

A couple of avocados mashed with juice from one lime, a small amount of chopped cilantro, & two chopped scallions. That's it. Good grief. That's not Guacomole - that's just a couple of mashed avocados.

No peppers - chili or otherwise - no garlic, no onion, no (optional) diced tomato. How bland can you get? And she stands there touting it as SO wonderful. Blech.
I agree Breezy so how do you think she got so popular??? I think her recipes are god awful, and she not to much in the personality dept either... JMO
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Old 06-02-2010, 05:35 PM   #4
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I haven't reviewed her biography anywhere, but seem to remember hearing that she was some kind of society/lifestyle consultant type person who then just kind of "morphed" into cooking. I've yet to see her make anything remotely interesting that hasn't been done oodles better by others. Guess she's on to appeal to the higher classes? Lol!!
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Old 06-02-2010, 07:35 PM   #5
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ditto what u guys said. fortunately for me i missed her show
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Old 06-03-2010, 09:12 AM   #6
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Old 06-03-2010, 09:27 AM   #7
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LOL!!! Only if one's tastes lean towards bland & insipid - lol!!
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Old 02-18-2011, 08:55 AM   #8
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I agree that Nigella's recipes are not much. Some of the chocolate desserts might be ok. From what I have read, she is a monied-socialite-celebrity in Britain who was given a tv cooking show. It shows...I liked the fact that she actually ate her own cooking and is not a stick figure model. But, thats about it.
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Aw poor Nige!

There isnt an official Nigella biography as far as I know. She does have a genuine love of cooking and eating and in fact her late husband John Diamond (journalist) encouraged her in her cooking and encouraged her to write her first book How to Eat. I doubt very much she appeals to the "high" classes. I liked the early Nigella programmes, but then she moved into Nigella Feasts to appeal to the american market. It all got a bit cringeworthy, she became very stylised and was suddenly hopping on big red London buses and eating Hokey Pokey in the back of a black cab. The early Nigella was very unspoilt and a joy to watch. I have all of her books and a lot of her recipes DO work, don't judge her on the guacamole!
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Aw poor Nige!

There isnt an official Nigella biography as far as I know. She does have a genuine love of cooking and eating and in fact her late husband John Diamond (journalist) encouraged her in her cooking and encouraged her to write her first book How to Eat. I doubt very much she appeals to the "high" classes. I liked the early Nigella programmes, but then she moved into Nigella Feasts to appeal to the american market. It all got a bit cringeworthy, she became very stylised and was suddenly hopping on big red London buses and eating Hokey Pokey in the back of a black cab. The early Nigella was very unspoilt and a joy to watch. I have all of her books and a lot of her recipes DO work, don't judge her on the guacamole!
What I do like is her philosophy that cooking doesn't have to be a chore and tasty meals can be run up in short time.

What I don't like is her propensity for including recipes in her books that she has lifted almost word for word from other authors' books without any acknowledgement.
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