Feast: Food that Celebrates Life

by Nigella Lawson

from the publisher

We use food to mark occasions that are important to us in life. Feast is not just about the way we cook and eat at the great religious festivals or big-deal special occasions, but about how food is the vital way we celebrate anything that matters...it's how we mark the connections between us, how we celebrate life.' Essentially about families and food, about public holidays and private passions, about how to celebrate the small everyday pleasures as well as the big occasions, it includes everything from Christmas, Thanksgiving , Hanukkah and Eid, to Passover and Easter; from Valentine's Day to that first breakfast in bed and Sunday lunch fit for the In-Laws; from Meatless Feasts to Midnight Feasts, from Partytime to the ultimate Chocolate Cake Hall of Fame; from weddings to funerals, from Georgian and Venetian feasts to children's favourites. Heartwarming, passionate, informed, refreshingly uncomplicated and full of ideas, Feast is destined to become a classic like How to Eat. Written with the same enjoyment, sensuality and practical awareness, and packed with over 300 recipes from all over the world and from near to home, Feast proclaims Nigella's love of life and great food to celebrate it with.

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Original Publisher
Chatto & Windus
Date of publication

Recommended by

Gizzi Erskine

Chef and food writer

This might not be the most obvious Nigella choice to go for, but for me it embodies all that is important about food. Every occasion of any importance is celebrated with food, be it a simple supper for two or a party or festival for the masses. This is Nigella’s spin on how we celebrate life. The writing is wonderful and the essence of this book perfectly sums up my own philosophy on the joy of cooking to share, connect and celebrate.

Lucy McDonald

Writer and broadcaster

The price of the book is worth it for the Georgian Feast alone. Roast chicken stuffed with sour cherries and rice, cheese flatbread and green beans is now a dinner party staple in my house.

Marisa Leaf

Founder and co-CEO of Hubbub

Always a brilliant source of inspiration when I'm feeding a crowd, especially at Christmas time. I love the tone of Nigella's books; personal, relaxed intimate, never intimidating.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown


She writes so evocatively about food rituals and their importance in the lives of all humans. And most recipes are demystified.

Gemma Croffie

Food writer

Sudi Pigott

Food and travel writer

Miss South

Freelance writer and blogger