"A little book of straightforward, contemporary recipes, quick or particularly easy to get to the table. A collection of recipes that are fast, simple and, I hope, fun."
That's from Nigel Slater's introduction to his new book (out today!) Eat - The Little Book of Fast Food. I've been poring over it, earmarking dishes to try, and they are all so uncomplicated and delicious-sounding that I'm spoilt for choice.
The recipes are written in the form of extended tweets, NS says, and that gives some indication of their simplicity, but many also come with extra ideas, notes and suggestions which allow for variations, so the repertoire of those sought-after 'on the table in under an hour' dishes is even further extended. I also like the tags Nigel has added to many of the recipes, summing them up in three or four words, for example, on Chocolate Oat Crumble (apricots and raspberries flavoured with elderflower cordial and baked with a chocolate-y, oaty topping) he comments, "heady, crisp, luscious", and for Poor Man's Potatoes (potatoes, peppers and onion simmered in vegetable stock), he adds, "frugal, rich, nourishing" - what more could you want?