- Publisher: Hachette Books (2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786886811
- ISBN-13: 978-0786886814
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.5 x 24.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,350,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking Paperback – 2002
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Those who love comfort food have cause to be grateful for Nigella Lawson's book How to Be a Domestic Goddess. Cause, too, perhaps, to wonder that she isn't the size of a house, since baked comfort foods typically encompass large quantities of butter, cream, eggs, sugar, chocolate, nuts, cream cheese and all the other foodstuffs to which with dreary inevitability attaches the deadly word "sinful". But in Nigella Lawson's hands these dangerous, even feared, substances are transmuted alchemically into the healing balms of the goddess, who presides (perhaps a little ironically) over a harmonious kitchen realm.
The recipes are suitably divine, covering cakes, biscuits, pies, puddings, breads, with special sections on cooking for (and by) children and Christmas. Most are sweet, though there is a choice selection of savoury pies and puddings--Pizza Rustica, Steak and Kidney Pudding, Cornish Pasties. The sweet things range from the airy elegance of Pistachio Macaroons, through the luscious spiciness of Norwegian Cinnamon Buns, to the trailer-trashiness of Coca-Cola Cake.
Nigella Lawson's poise never falters, whether she is discussing serving mulled wine with mince pies ("Don't fight it") or a strange passion-fruit liqueur required for one of her trifles ("the most divinely camp liqueur you could ever come across"). She plays a kind of game with her readers, insisting constantly on her greed, but really invoking our own. What a fascinating book: hints of obsessiveness revealed behind the beautifully projected personality of a laid-back voluptuary.--Robin Davidson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Working mothers must give thanks to Nigella... What sets her apart from every other food writer is her empathy with working women and her realism... Every page of How to be a Domestic Goddess is imbued with warmth" The Times "How to Eat was sheer joy... Now she's done it again. If ever baking needed pepping up, Nigella does it" Daily Express "Her prose is as nourishing as her recipes" -- Salman Rushdie Observer "Cerebral and scintillating advice for the hungry, peppered with wit" Sunday Times "Passionate, informative, detailed, bossy and admirably practical" Evening Standard --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
With all that being said, Nigella Lawson's book has been, save for one or two minor 'accidents' that I've committed, an absolute 'Godsend' in helping me and my complete lack of baking talents. The recipes are done in painstaking detail and the photo's show the finished product in all it's glory. And while I will freely admit that the end result of my cooking doesn't always mirror the photograph's in her book at least it allows me something to strive toward.
Nigella's prose is extremely chatty and very intimate in a comfortable, getting-to-know-you sort of way. Unlike some recent cook books I 've come across she has a wonderful way of putting the reader at ease when attempting something new i.e. breads, cakes, cookies and even jams ( which I may never muster up the courage to attempt! ). And while my none of my creations have come out looking quite as extroadinary as her's I suspect half the fun is in the trying! Ummm.....at least I do hope so! Obviously for the 'culinary challenged' male, such as myself, a book such as this is not only an education but an entertaining way of getting more comfortable in an area where we once found ourselves 'visiting' if only for that morning cup of coffee! Plus, of course, now instead of just entertaining friends with a wonderful cup of java I may have a wonderfully delicious surprise the next time someone comes over. And if that isn't comfort than I don't know what is. Thanks!
I rarely use cookbooks though I love to read them, I use the ideas but not the recipes. I have been told I'm a good cook...but by my own admission a lousy baker. My pastry is dry and boring, my cakes consist of a basic all-in-one recipe I learned by heart years ago and consequently all taste the same. I decided to take the plunge and follow some of Nigella's recipes...wow!! The difference is astounding and I now bake cookies, cakes and pastry using her recipes. I use this book regularly (though curiously have never cooked from her "How To Eat" book).
I also purchased "Nigella Bites",I read it from cover to cover in the vain hope of finding it interesting eventually. Sadly this book is not to the same standard and I have never referred to it for any of the recipes or ideas.
I would recommend "How To Be A Domestic Goddess" to anyone looking for inspiration for baking, for mothers wishing to wow their offspring with more than just a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, for young cooks and this book makes a perfect wedding gift.
Next, keep in mind that Lawson creates dishes for those who are willing to expand their cooking repertoires, to be a bit experimental and even daring. If you don't like to use spices or have kids who hate them, you might want to avoid this book. But if you like a bit of snap and zing to your meals and think of cooking as akin to creating visual delights and new feasts for the palate, this book may be just what you need to broaden your horizons. I love the show; I love this book!
I love to bake and to cook and whenever I read a recipe from this book I immediately feel inspired. I have baked several goodies including the Potato bread. I was excited to see Potato bread as one of the recipes as I grew up with my Mom baking it every week. There was nothing like coming home after school to the smell of fresh bread. Only one thing better was to have a warm slice with lots of butter melted into it! I hope, with the help of this cookbook, to bring the same memories to my son.
My only problem is, in my error I bought the Metric version of the cookbook and have to do a little converting. Hopefully I will purchase a scale soon and then I will have no issues. Of course, that is no way anyone's fault but my own for not being more observant.
I know anyone who purchases this book will find the recipes easy to follow. I find Nigella has a way of explaining how to bake in such a way that it seems effortless to do it; and it is. She makes beautiful baking a simple and guilty pleasure. I have to admit, I bake just as much for myself as for anyone else. I love yummy treats and I find the best are the ones you make at home. "How to Be a Domestic Goddess" makes it possible for anyone to be just that.