How to be a Domestic Goddess is not about being a goddess, but about feeling like one. What this deliciously reassuring and mouthwatering cookbook shows is that it's not hard to bake a tray of muffins, or a sponge layer cake - but the rewards are high. Here is the book that feeds our fantasies, understands our anxieties and puts cakes, pies, ...
How to be a Domestic Goddess is not about being a goddess, but about feeling like one. What this deliciously reassuring and mouthwatering cookbook shows is that it's not hard to bake a tray of muffins, or a sponge layer cake - but the rewards are high. Here is the book that feeds our fantasies, understands our anxieties and puts cakes, pies, pastries, preserves, puddings, bread and biscuits back into our own kitchens. With a writer's flair and a cook's passion, Nigella brings you everything from brownies to bagels, from gooseberry-cream crumble to double apple pie, from pizza to pistachio macaroons, from festive bake to Barbie cake.
I had heard of this book some years ago when I tried a recipe from it, but it kind of fell out of my mind until recently. Don't I wish I had gotten it when it then! All the amazing baked goods, this is seriously a baker's dream. The recipes are simple, and very easy to follow, and while not a ton of photos, the ones that are included are beautifully done. I really enjoyed this book, and I enjoy the treats even more. I don't know if there is a US version, but as a baker, I think metric is much more accurate, so I made sure to buy the UK version. Just make sure you have a scale. Definitely a must own for any true lover of baking.
Jul 9, 2007
Worthy of its title!
I think this is my favourite of Nigella's books (even if I do give them all five stars). It's nice to have recipes for things that call for real lard and cream and butter! Not that I'd eat that way all the time, but this is a great book for when you have a few hours and want to spend some time conjuring up something to be proud of. The self-raising flour that she often calls for is a little annoying, but not something that cannot be overcome (although for a new baker, perhaps not without some difficulty). Maybe get an experienced friend to help you out at first. But for those who have baked before and can tinker with the measurements, this is great fun. Actually, the writing is quite encouraging to inexperienced bakers - nothing to be afraid of here. Several of these recipes - Supper Onion Pie and Gingerbread, for example - have become real family favourites. I sure enjoyed this!
Apr 28, 2007
Bake a cake and all your problems are solved
Nigella is a domestic goddess, and this book proves it. Chock full of no-fail recipes of cakes, pies, cookies, flatbreads, cupcakes and more. There is a good mixture of both sweet and savory recipes. Especially helpful are the sections on Chocolate, Children (cooking for bake sales and the like, not cooking the children) and Holidays. My only gripe is that most recipes call for self-rising cake flour, which is not the most cost-effective way to bake. Therefore, I make the neccessary adjustments and conversions back to all-purpose flour (baking powder, salt, and the like) but I'm a experienced and competent cook. If you are a newbie, you may want to explore other cookbooks, but for the seasoned baker (no pun intended) this would certainly expand your options.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-09-10 Called "England's it girl" by Gourmet magazine, Lawson (How to Eat) brings to America her second cookbook, highly popular in England. Lawson, the food editor for British Vogue, suggests ways to feel like a domestic goddess (rather than undergo the necessary lifestyle changes to become one), taking cooks back to an era of less stress and more simple pleasures. The recipes, written in Lawson's characteristic lively, witty manner, encourage this theme. The Store-Cupboard Chocolate-Orange Cake will please the nose with its rich, intense aroma and indulge the taste buds with its full chocolate and orange flavor. The Coconut Macaroons seem soft and chewy with a concentrated coconut essence (though they may need to bake for slightly longer than the suggested 20 minutes). The chapters cover categories from cakes to pies and from chocolate to Christmas. One chapter includes recipes for kid foods as well as recipes that children can follow. The book is designed to instill confidence and capability, positing that if Nigella can make these delights with ease and in a relaxed manner, so can anyone else, "trailing nutmeggy fumes." The beautiful color photos set the mouth to watering. (Nov.) Forecast: Timed to launch with her television series Nigella Bites on the E! channel and Style networks this fall, this book will bask in the warm, fuzzy and competent glow of Lawson's renown. She'll be a hit in the U.S.; her book will get ample promo and fly off the shelves. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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