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Book of Cakes (Coronet Books) [Paperback]

Delia Smith
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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1 Mar 1988 Coronet Books
Delia Smith provides straightforward information about ingredients and equipment, and presents a collection of over 100 traditional favourites and new recipes.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; New Ed edition (1 Mar 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340378085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340378083
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Delia Smith is Britain's bestselling cookery writer, whose books have sold over 21 million to date. She began her writing career 40 years ago on the Daily Mirror and since then has presented very many cookery series on television and published numerous bestselling cookery books including Delia Smith's Cookery Course, Summer and Winter Collections, The Vegetarian Collection, Delia's How to Cook and Delia's Happy Christmas among others.

After a five-year break in 2003 to concentrate on Norwich City Football Club (where she is a director) and Canary Catering, Delia returned in 2008 with a new BBC TV series and the fastest-selling cookery book of all time, How to Cheat at Cooking. Her Complete How to Cook was released in 2009 to celebrate 40 years of writing recipes and was voted the Most Useful Cookery Book of All Time. She was also awarded a CBE for her services to the food industry. Delia is married to the writer and editor, Michael Wynn Jones. They live in Suffolk.

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Delia Smith is the bestselling author of Britain`s favourite cookbooks. Her TV series are ever-popular and books regularly top the bestsellers list.

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless 18 Jan 2006
My Mum and I have been cooking from this book in its various editions for as long as I can remember and therefore I have been eating these cakes all my life. They are still fantastic!. The recipes are exact, and if you follow them carefully you will not go wrong. Whether you are a novice baker or an exprienced cook this is the one cake book you cannot do without.
DO try:- Black Forest cake (which is flour free), wholewheat gingerbread, honey and spice cake, homemade digestive biscuits.
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100 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anyone can bake cakes 26 Dec 2000
By A Customer
This is not a conventional cookery book, and as Delia explains, she felt the need to write this book because she had to fetch through all her other cookery books to find some good cakes. The introduction is perfect for people who are not so much aquainted with baking cakes. It gives a clear description of the major does and don'ts when it comes to cakes. Baking times, oven tactics and the conventional weight and measures.
If anyone is not so confident with baking cakes....then this is a TO HAVE book. And for the people who love baking then, it is a must.
It includes a variety of recipies including the very famous English sponges.
Brilliant book as we always get from Delia and another great book to my personal collection. Well done Delia and keep it up !
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 500 best-ever cakes & bakes 30 May 2003
By A Customer
This book, is very easy to follow, it has nice illustrations, nice quick easy cakes which are very tasty, the receipes don't cost much to make, all in all this book is a must for everyone.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book of cakes ever 9 Feb 2007
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This book is for anyone, experienced cook and novice alike, wonderful traditional and inspired recipies for delicious cakes, fool proof tried and tested recipies that are of the quality one has come to expect from OUR Delia. Excellent and Greatly Recommended
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 500 best-ever cakes & bakes 30 May 2003
By A Customer
This delightful book, is a must for everyone in every age group. Its very easy to follow the receipes, nicely illustrated. Its also got nice basic receipes which anyone could afford to make.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Ok 8 May 2013
Lately I've been increasingly interested in cooking, and with a young daughter, an important part of my education is cake baking, so for a while now I've been looking for a really good book on the subject. I came across this one by dear old Delia and, encouraged by the reviews, I bought a copy. Result: a lot of tempting recipes, but I'm still looking for a really good book; the four and five star reviews for this one are obviously from diehard Delia devotees..

For a start, there are very few pictures. Ok, more photographs would make for a thicker, heavier and probably more expensive book, so I can overlook that. But, and for me this is the book's most irritating feature, the pictures that ARE included here aren't labelled. Most cookery books will have a little caption for each picture, such as 'Coffee Walnut cake, p 187' (or whatever), but here such helpfulness has been omitted. It's made worse by the fact that the pictures are inserted almost at random; few if any actually match the recipes on the nearby pages. In fairness there is a clear index of pictures at the front of the book, but it would make reference a lot easier if the photographs themselves were captioned so that you can see at a glance how the recipe you're looking at should turn out.

Then there is the somewhat sparse advice, so that it's hard to imagine the level of competence at which this book is aimed (a common issue with 'how to do it' type publications). For example, she tells us: '..don't open the oven door to check on your cake too early or the inrush of cool air may cause it to sink..' Even a moderately experienced cook already knows this, yet the beginner - at whom this advice is presumably aimed - will frequently wish that there was more detail in more of the instructions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delia's Book of cakes 19 Feb 2010
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This was purchased to replace an old paperback copy, worn out with overuse! It is a definitive find-anything reference book of cake recipes that work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ever reliable Delia. 26 Jan 2013
By Mr. P. Johnson VINE VOICE
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Quite an old edition, soon to be updated, given as a gift, and well-received. You know where you are with Delia, no flash, just good recipes, well-proven and easy to follow. Add it to your 'Bake-off' collection!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Cant stop cooking
A little worn and well used but nothing missing Lovely recipes tried and tested a few and can't wait to try some more .
Published 4 months ago by dawn ashley
4.0 out of 5 stars Book of Cakes, Delia Smith
A book in good condition for the price which I was pleased to receive after looking for one for some time. Delivery was prompt.
Published 5 months ago by W.J. Parnaby and F.M. Parnaby
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh!
Old fashioned book from the 70s with not many pics there are far better books out there now. This one is dated.
Published 6 months ago by Mavis
5.0 out of 5 stars the most used book on the cookery shelf
Needed another copy of this book to replace my original which is now very battle scarred. This copy should last me for another 30 years!!
Published 8 months ago by Shepherd
5.0 out of 5 stars Now I have my own copy
This is an excellent book - I use to borrow my friend's for the recipe now I have my own copy and have continued to try out the recipes plus cooked the good old favourites.
Published 9 months ago by swojniak
3.0 out of 5 stars my purchase
I was disappointed that this book was a book club version of the original. The printing on the pages was too small to read comfortably and the layout not so attractive.
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. C. J. Quinnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
I was very pleased to receive this book. Not only was it as described but it actually went one better as it turned out to be a hardback, not a paperback. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mrs W E Randall
5.0 out of 5 stars superb Delia
my book was hanging in tatters so was really delighted to buy a replacement. a book no kitchen should be without
Published 16 months ago by rita
5.0 out of 5 stars Cakes
Exactly as I expected - have not made any cakes yet as I am a coeliac and did not have any gluten free recipes available in the book.
Published 16 months ago by Dolly
5.0 out of 5 stars Replacement for original 'book of cakes'.
Identical to the original book my wife has had for so many years, which was beginning to look the worse for wear. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Anthony Maskrey
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