The wonderful Ann has got her hands on a copy of Nadiya’s British Food Adventure (the series of which is currently on BBC2 on Mondays, 8pm) and has kindly written a review for us on her opinion of Nadiya Hussain’s latest cookbook.
I received this first as a sample copy on my Kindle on Net Galley and then the publishers liked my review on there so much they sent me the hard copy to review on Amazon and I thought I’d also share it here. I am already a great fan of Nadiya and her style of cooking with her wonderful personality shining through in this book as it does in the TV Series it supports. It is a truly inspirational book, the recipes are easy to follow and most of them are short to prepare and cook. Most are very simple and maybe versions of some recipes we already know and love but often with an unusual twist.
The photography is stunning and complements the book with not only foodie photos, but also of the beautiful British countryside visited in the series. The Foreword at the beginning of the book is light and easily read revealing how Nadiya has journeyed in the culinary world and where her Bangladeshi background has met with British culture. Each recipe has a short narrative introducing it, why she has chosen to include it and has many hints and tips, all written in true Nadiya style which reflects her personality.
I have tried, so far in the week since I got the book, at least half a dozen recipes and they do ‘work’. I am similar to Nadiya in that I substitute (personally, I don’t like Rose as a flavour in cooking even subtly so would substitute maybe Elderflower or Lavender) and tweak recipes according to who I’m cooking for and what I have in but I have faithfully followed some to test them properly so I could write a review.
The Crispy Chocolate and Salted Peanut Tart was truly sensational and was voted a massive hit last weekend. My granddaughter Olivia loved the Banana Drop Scones which was a new idea on a firm favourite with her, however I did substitute the Cardamom Caramel Sauce for serving as I didn’t have any cardamoms at the time and decided that it may be a step too far for Olivia, so used Confiture de Lait (French equivalent of Dulce de Leche) by Bonne Maman, they do a Caramel Sauce over here but I’ve not tried it so cannot comment whether it is the same, certainly the French version is not as sweet as expected. We also had had The Smoked Salmon and Black Pepper Omelette Sandwich for lunch which was superb in slices of my husband’s bread. The Ploughman’s Quiche was a midweek meal and was one of the recipes I completely followed; doing it again I would substitute the chutney layer with some of my own homemade tomato chutney. For a vegetarian friend I made the Aubergine and Feta tart which some gorgeous sundried tomato paste we picked up in a French market.
It is certainly a lovely book and one you can just curl up with and read but the recipes are worth trying however unconventional they might sound. It is a book to inspire and further experiment with.
Put it on your Birthday and Christmas lists folks!