20 Years of How To Eat

‘You could probably get through your life without knowing how to roast a chicken, but the question is, would you want to?’

Last Sunday a quick flick through How To Eat turned into 2 hours on the sofa absorbed in English Trifle and Basic Roast Chicken. There are so many cookbooks out there nowadays – of which I own many. Yet looking at my shelf I notice how few there are that I’d settle down to read like this, rather than leafing through quickly for ideas before discarding. In the 20 years since Nigella Lawson’s classic came out we’ve witnessed a revolution in the way we eat. Going vegan has shot into vogue, being a ‘Food Stylist’ is now a legitimate job title and it is considered normal to post our breakfast on Instagram. And yet despite such vast changes this book remains relevant and hugely readable.

In today’s photo-saturated world it’s unusual to come across a cookery book without any pictures. But you really don’t miss them at all here. Maybe that’s because it’s not really just a recipe book but something even better, something more to do with life and the way we live it. Penguin’s new Vintage edition – this time in paperback – features a brilliant new introduction by Jeanette Winterson. She deems How To Eat a kind of ‘practical philosophy – a way of getting more enjoyment for yourself and others. Food becomes a way of talking about what is good and what is not, in the deepest sense of what nourishes us and what doesn’t.’  And this book nourishes the soul before you’ve even stepped into the kitchen.

The paperback Vintage Edition is available for pre-order now, published by Penguin on 4 October. £14.99 penguin.co.uk

An Evening with Nigella

This autumn Nigella is going to be on tour discussing How To Eat. Just as articulate and droll in conversation as she is on the page, we’re first in line for tickets. Plus, the interviewees includes some of our favourite authors, journalists and cooks from Bryony Gordon to Diana Henry. Sadly the London evening with Dolly Alderton has already sold out but there are still tickets to the matinee with Debora Robertson as well as at venues around the UK.

Interviewing Nigella on her tour will be:

14th October – Queen’s Hall Edinburgh – Sue Lawrence
15th October – Sage Gateshead – Viv Groskop
22nd October – Dublin – Niamh Shields
4th November – Bridge Theatre, London MATINEE – Debora Robertson
4th November – Bridge Theatre, London – Dolly Alderton – sold out
6th November – GLIVE Guildford  – Charlotte Mendelson
7th November – Cambridge Corn Exchange – Nicola Miller
8th November – Birmingham Symphony Hall – Felicity Cloake
10th November – Storyhouse, Chester – Bryony Gordon
11th November – The Lowry, Salford Quays matinee – Bee Wilson
12th November – Cheltenham Town Hall – Diana Henry
13th November – The New Theatre, Oxford – Hannah Beckerman

Running time: 110 minutes, including interval. There will be a 1 hour book signing after the show.

Tickets: £20 – £45 faneproductions.com/nigella

20 Years of How To Eat
Oct - Nov 2018
— Daisy Allsup
19th September 2018