Try Nigella Lawson’s easily elegant chicken and pea traybake

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Despite being a television food personality and author of eleven cookbooks, Nigella Lawson doesn’t believe she should be called a chef. Instead, she’s a self-proclaimed “proud home cook.”

Lawson rises to the moniker of “home cook,” rather than reducing herself to it. She tells Good Food host Evan Kleiman that being a woman who enjoys cooking isn’t something to apologize for. Moreover,  Lawson says denigrating home cooking because it has historically been done by women is actually “anti-feminist.” Instead, creating delicious food that helps sustain life is a fundamentally creative enterprise that keeps the planet well fed and spinning.

When Lawson was writing her latest cookbook, “At My Table: A Celebration of Home Cooking,” she wanted to capture that joy and sense of self she found at home when whipping up meals for loved ones. Some of the book’s recipes are more challenging than others, but all are full of flavor and approachable for those of us who don’t have access to a professional kitchen.

One of them is her “Chicken and pea traybake,” which features eight ingredients yet can feed a family. It requires minimal effort and yields maximum flavor.

Try it at home!