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How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking Paperback

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
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How to be a Domestic Goddess. Baking and he Art of Comfort Cooking.


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Format: Hardcover
Being a single man in the throes of mid-life ( I'm currently 46 ) many friends of mine have long suspected that, if asked, I could not say with any certainty where the kitchen is located in my flat. Obviously that is there not so gentle way of informing me that I truly do need to, from time to time, make myself much better acquainted with that long neglected area. A room where I feel completely ill at ease and one in which feels as if I'm entering a dark, forboding dimension. And, unfortunately, one in which I am ill equipped at best. With that in mind I recently purchased a copy of " How To Be A Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking " in a sort of desperate plea to save myself from the clutches of fast food chains and frozen dinner entree's that is the closest thing that I, sadly admitting, have to 'home cooking'....other than being entertained at various friends homes and having them take pity on me by cooking an actually fully realized meal. For which I am extremely grateful!
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! ).
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I was given "How To Eat" as a gift by my brother...I devoured the book from cover to cover and absolutely loved it's contents. I have collected cookery books since the age of eleven and have to say that "How To Eat" revolutionised my collection. I decided to buy "How To Be a Domestic Goddess" and was a little disappointed that it was slightly less "chatty" than the previous. However, I read it from cover to cover and enjoyed it.
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.
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Can you possibly say anything bad about Nigella Lawson? I know people do but I find that it confounds me. I, for one, can say I find her easy going approach to baking, as laid out in this book, easy to follow and lovely to read. I consider myself as having a "Domestic Goddess" spirit and completely loved the layout and feel of this brilliant cookbook.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
I heard about Nigella from English relatives last summer. Then I caught her show on the Style Network. She's a great cook, beautiful, and she truly does flirt all the way through. It's all done with a bit of kitsch, so it's OK in my book. I ordered my copy of this book from Amazon.co.uk, so the version I have has English measurements and ingredients, so be warned that that's the version I'm reviewing.
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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