I don’t know whether Nigella Lawson is selling her sultriness or her cooking. I think it’s her cooking. But the jury is out. Hey Food Network! Put her back on!

I always enjoy watching Nigella Lawson’s various cooking shows on TV and I always enjoy her food. She manages to simplify recipes and provide healthy and interesting meals with sometime exoticism and just the occasional soupcon of guilt.

Of all her books, Nigellissima is my favorite yet.

The British-born “Domestic Goddess” is of Italian stock and in this beautifully laid out book, Nigella goes back to her ancestral roots.

Growing up, I hated “Italian food” or what I thought Italian food was. No, I would not like a 5 pound piece of lasagne, thank you.

Italian food outside of the United States is a culinary treasure. Within the United States, it is dirty old obesity slop. Sorry, but that’s true.

This book, like all of Nigella’s books, is a winner. Petrina Tinslay also brings the recipes to life with her photographs.

I demand you try the Gorgonzola and cannelli dip. The Coffee Panna Cotta is perfect for someone like me who doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth. It is light and sophisticated with that hint of Hades.

The roasted onions with basil could not be simpler. And yet, somehow I never thought to combine the two.

The green beans with pistachio pesto were a hit for me as well–and I could eat the Tuscan tuna tartare all day, every day.

The monkfish wrapped in ham with rosemary and lemon were even more delightful than they sounded, although I substituted another locally available fresh fish.

There are many meat as well as pasta recipes in this latest tome from Ms. Lawson, but to me, the vegetable and seafood recipes took my breath away, rightly.