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Nigella Lawson: French cooks are only good at bread and butter
the Times ^ | 12 October 2012 | Jack Malvern

Posted on 10/11/2012 10:38:11 PM PDT by Cronos

Nigella Lawson

Nigella Lawson insisted that she had nothing against the French as she delivered a series of cutting remarks about their pretentious sauces, fussy plate decoration and egotistical chefs.

The author, speaking to an audience at The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, deftly filleted the nation that prides itself on its gastronomy, saying that she preferred Italian and even English cuisine.

Asked why she had written her latest book, Nigellissima, about Italian food, she said that she had gone to Italy as a student because it was not France. “My parents were great francophiles, and my father now lives in France. If

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I must agree -- as far as Mediterranean cuisine goes, North-Eastern Italian is under appreciated in my opinion
1 posted on 10/11/2012 10:38:19 PM PDT by Cronos
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To: Cronos

Wonder what she thinks of Polish cuisine.


2 posted on 10/11/2012 10:40:43 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: Cronos

i luv Nigella! she is beautiful and she loves food! good food... yummy food! and so do i!


3 posted on 10/11/2012 10:42:45 PM PDT by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: Cronos

She prefers “even English cuisine”? I thought that was an oxymoron. I have yet to find anyone with live taste buds who prefers English cuisine to, well, any other cuisine! The French are obnoxious, but they sure know cooking. Heck, if you buy an ordinary random sandwich in Paris, it just might be the most delicious sandwich you ever had!


4 posted on 10/11/2012 10:43:29 PM PDT by winner3000
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To: Cronos
I think Lawson is right.

Anyone who knows French cuisine well knows that modern French cuisine came from the work of August Escoffier, who's work on codifying French cuisine is well-known. Unfortunately, Escoffier's most important work, Le Guide culinaire, has a very extensive emphasis on sauces and less on the natural taste of food you get from other cuisines.

5 posted on 10/11/2012 10:55:30 PM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: RayChuang88

Me too. I prefer simple foods that haven’t been overcooked. Some Asian cuisines seem to have more nutrition; they eat more veggies.


6 posted on 10/12/2012 12:45:40 AM PDT by gattaca ("Great things can be accomplished if you don't care who gets the credit " Ronald Reagan)
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To: dfwgator
Polska Kuchnia! It's delicious (well, except makowiec, smalec and ocypek) but very unhealthy: all the various kiełbasy, wędliny, etc. -- ok, ogórki kiszone and kapusta kiszona are healthy.

The only unhealthier cusine must be Czech (ooodles of meat) and perhaps Ukrainian :)

But Polish cuisine is looked down upon even in Poland -- here in Warsaw the most popular to me seem to be Sushi joints :)

7 posted on 10/12/2012 12:53:19 AM PDT by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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To: winner3000
hmmm... well, I liked steak and kidney pie when I lived there, and bangers & mash and bubbles&squeak :)

French sandwiches -- I'd agree with you except that it's also true of food in Italy.

8 posted on 10/12/2012 12:54:27 AM PDT by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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To: winner3000

The English have some great vindaloos and biryanis.


9 posted on 10/12/2012 1:23:27 AM PDT by posterchild (Remember that thou art dust, and to dust thou shalt return.)
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To: latina4dubya

Nigella’s my favorite tv cook. I recommend her cookbooks as well. She really can cook. And she’s dropdead gorgeous.


10 posted on 10/12/2012 3:53:08 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: Cronos

I’ll take simple, straightforward Northern Italian and French Provence-style cooking over the stereotypical heavily-sauced Parisian style any day.

There’s a great Bourdain line in the No Reservations episode in Venice where he says something along the lines of “the key to great Italian cooking is to start with great ingredients and try not to screw them up”, and I couldn’t agree more.


11 posted on 10/12/2012 3:57:46 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est.)
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To: posterchild

The best English food is typically foreign. At least based on my limited stay in London.


12 posted on 10/12/2012 3:59:20 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est.)
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To: winner3000

English food has really changed over the last 20-30 years. They have great restaurants, great supermarkets, excellent outdoor markets. At Christmas time I order all of their great items: Christmas Cake from Bettys of York, mince pies, Fortnum & Mason’s relishes, sauces and chutneys, Turkish Delight. And wonderful dishes like Toad in a Hole, Bubble & Squeak, sausage and mash, Eton Mess, Sticky Toffee Pudding, Queen of Puddings. Oh my, gotta get out my Nigella cookbooks...


13 posted on 10/12/2012 4:00:48 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: Cronos

My great-uncle said, “You go to Italy for the history, the people, and the food. You go to Ireland for the history and the people. You go to England for the history.”


14 posted on 10/12/2012 4:25:59 AM PDT by mrs. a (It's a short life but a merry one...)
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To: winner3000

English cuisine is actually extremely good. It has a bad rep because most people have never been exposed to the real thing (for a variety of reasons unconnected with the food itself).


15 posted on 10/12/2012 6:00:44 AM PDT by Vanders9
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To: FreedomPoster

Thats probably because you wouldn’t be able to find much English food in London. The best English food is always found in people’s homes, never in restaurants.


16 posted on 10/12/2012 6:04:28 AM PDT by Vanders9
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To: Cronos

You h ave nailed it for all eternity. Northern Italian is indeed underappreciated.

A friend of mine used to cook it for dinner most nights and eating at her place was an experience that I will never forget. I used to hang out there for about a decade and a half.

What was my favorite? Tomorrow’s dinner, what will it be?


17 posted on 10/12/2012 6:27:59 AM PDT by buffaloguy
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To: Cronos

As a casual European traveller, from best to worst:

German- not what we would call that style but the attention to quality and detail in the prep/presentation across the menu.

France - yes the baked goods are the best in Europe, and very good quality elsewhere on the menu.

Italy/Spain -you have to eat at the most expensive restaurants to get quality.

England - stick with offshore styles like Thai, Asian Fusion. I ordered pork pie at a pub once. It was Spam within a pie crust, and cold.


18 posted on 10/12/2012 6:44:19 AM PDT by cicero2k
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To: Cronos

Don’t forget the Fish & Chips!


19 posted on 10/12/2012 8:45:04 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Cronos
about Italian food, she said that she had gone to Italy as a student because it was not France

Hank Scorpio: By the way, Homer, what's your least favorite country? Italy or France?

Hank Scorpio: Heh heh heh. Nobody ever says Italy.

20 posted on 10/12/2012 8:48:41 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Monarchy is the one system of government where power is exercised for the good of all - Aristotle)
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To: cicero2k

You can’t order food at a pub. Unless it’s a “gastro pub.” Then the food can be excellent.


21 posted on 10/12/2012 12:50:52 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: Emmylou

English food ping


22 posted on 10/12/2012 7:32:53 PM PDT by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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