Jared and I have a lot of cookbooks.  In fact, we’ve acquired so many in the past year or so, we had to buy a new piece of Ikea furniture to hold them all.  Recently, our new favorite is Nigella Express, a cookbook Jared’s step-sister gave us at my bridal shower.  We had seen this cookbook at her apartment earlier that year, and were very excited to get it for ourselves.  After looking through it, we were even more excited to add it to the collection.

I’d really never heard of Nigella Lawson before, but she is a British food writer and journalist who has been featured on the Food Network.  The versatility of Nigella Express is what leads us to pull it off the shelf as often as possible.  We love to prepare meals during the week, but sometimes it’s hard to get a full meal prepared when you don’t get home until after 6.  This cookbook has so many great meals that can be prepared on the quick without too many complicated ingredients. In fact, many times, we’re able to whip something together using ingredients we already have.  Even better!

Our favorite recipe from the book is the linguine with lemon, garlic and thyme mushrooms.  We do leave the mushrooms out, since I’m not a huge fan, and the lemon “sauce” makes for a great light addition to any pasta dish we make.  Super flavorful!

Nigella Express makes a great addition to any kitchen, whether you have lots of time to experiment in the kitchen or just want a hearty meal on the fly, there’s really something for all tastes here.  Happy cooking!