Whenever I've had just about enough of the cold weather in the dead of winter, I turn to this book for solace. I haven't been let down by anything I've cooked out of this book. The recipes are basic and full of flavor, and Nigella's prose is, to be honest, So Very Sexy.
- lisap voted for the following inWed 21 Apr 2010 18:34:52 GMT
For a couple of years, I just admired and read through this beautiful, dense cookbook. I was a little afraid of disappointing Judy by attempting to cook out the book. Her tone and instructions are so concise and revelatory, I didn't want to mess up!
After going to Zuni for the first time for my 28th Birthday dinner and having one of the best meals I've ever eaten, I decided to start cooking out of it. Judy's recipe for polenta changed my life, as did recipe for tart dough and the Best Roast Chicken Method ever.
In my past life as a cheesemongress, this book is the one I turned to as the definitive reference on all things cheese. McCalman has written another book called Cheese: A Connoisseur's Guide to the World's Best, but I think The Cheese Plate is a more practical guide.