How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking Paperback
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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! ).Read more ›
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.
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.
Nigella is first and foremost a brilliant writer. Even if you aren't planning on cooking anything at all from this book, it's enjoyable to have, as the prose is a pleasure to read, and the photography is beautiful.
Here in the US, we have this view of English cookery as being bland, boring, and not worth our time. Nigella will quickly put those views to rest. She is, like me, an avid cookbook junky, and she always cites her sources, so you're getting recipes filtered through Nigella from sources all over the place.
I have this book on my coffee table, and my husband and I are both always leafing through it. The Nigella recipes I've tried have always worked out, and I've been able to choose with confidence, since each recipe is described in painstaking detail. You know what to expect. And you often have a photo to check out, too.
Most recipes are intended to be easier than the resulting dish would have eaters believe. So, less work, more praise. Hell, maybe she is overcompensating for something else in her cooking, but more power to her. We're the better for it. She does it knowingly with beautiful irony, especially in the title.
Love Nigella. She's going to take on the world.
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My go to cookbook for desserts for about a decade now. I love that most ingredients are listed by weight, which is a lot more accurate and faster to measure. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Erin P.
So far I've tried about 4 of the recipes in this book, and they are all exquisitely easy. You've got to read this book like a novel before you settle down to the delicious matter... Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2007 by Esther P
I love to bake and have purchased many cookbooks. This is my all-time favourite cookbook and one that I keep coming back to. Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2006 by Julia Derksen
In food, and in words. If you enjoy cooking, this book is a complete culinary experience. There are recipies in this book that you will find nowhere else, and if you have a taste... Read morePublished on May 22 2003
What a wonderful book! Nigella's wit paired with her cooking skills make for a great read. Every recipe I have tried has turned out great. Read morePublished on June 10 2002 by Maureen
This is an excellent book both for its recipes and for those nights when all you want to do is just kick back with a great book and snuggle up in bed. Read morePublished on June 7 2002 by C. Souza
I must say this is the first cookbook I have read from cover to cover! Last week it was my evening reading! Read morePublished on May 21 2002 by Sloane L. Gibb
Upon baking about 5 things for my daughter's birthday party last year, it was like a best friend taking you by the hand and making the journey so delicious and so simple. Read morePublished on May 9 2002 by mini