Nigella Lawson's new cookbook Simply Nigella: what to expect

Nigella Lawson's brand new cookbook Simply Nigella is out now. Wondering if the foodie tome by the goddess of the kitchen is a must-have? We have a look at the snaps she's been tantalising fans with on Twitter, and yes, they will whet your appetite...

The cookery book, which ties in with the new BBC2 series also called Simply Nigella – which is set to air in November – sees the popular chef find a "true sense of balance between lightness and lushness". Expect to see recipes for lighter meals alongside the rich and naughty delights for which she is so famous.

Judging by the snaps that the chef has been sharing in the countdown to publication day with her fans on social media, the dishes promise to look and taste amazing.

Speaking of her new book, which hit the shelves on Thursday, the 50-year-old told The Hollywood Reporter: "The 'simply' has a lot of implications.

"It's finding the quickest easiest route to a fantastic supper after a long working day, or how do you make it easy to invite friends over without it becoming a stress-inducing nightmare."

The mum-of-two caters for all the days of the week and all the occasions you'll be cooking for – from quick and calm suppers such as Miso Salmon, Cauliflower & Cashew Nut Curry to stress-free ideas when catering for a crowd: think Chicken Traybake with Bitter Orange & Fennel.

A wonderfully healthy and light recipe that we can't wait to try is Feta and avocado salad with red onions, pomegranate and nigella seeds, and an instant recipe for those cosy nights in – Thai Noodles with Cinnamon and Prawns – also sounds like a winner.

And of course there are Nigella's tempting, indulgent desserts – Salted Chocolate Tart, Lemon Pavlova and Choc Chip Cookie Dough Pots.

"Part of the balance of life lies in understanding that different days require different ways of eating…" says Nigella.

Her website explains: "Simply Nigella taps into the rhythms of our cooking lives, with recipes that are uncomplicated, relaxed and yet always satisfying."