Eating and cooking is so personal and she shares stories about the recipes. She makes no apologies for some of the recipes taking a little time, justifying her decisions with the end results. Some of these are not 30 minute meals, but they really shouldn't be.
This cookbook has a picture to go along with every recipe (a huge bonus when you're not sure what the title of the recipe means). Nigella offers elegant, simple recipes that are truly easy to follow, and only take about 30 minutes! I bought this cookbook for my dad and my sister for Christmas, and we've already cooked 2 meals from it. I'm going to order one for myself now too! You may need to go out and buy some ingredients that aren't staples in your kitchen, but it it well worth the time and investment at the store. You are bound to use the ingredients again when you prepare the dish a second time!