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Delia's Complete Cookery Course - Classic Edition: Vol 1-3 in 1v [Paperback]

Delia Smith
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3 May 2004

Delia Smith's Complete Cookery Course is a book that has taken the pride of place on everyone's kitchen shelf.

Containing all the established favourites such as Flaky Fish Pie, Christmas Pudding and the secret of crunchy Roast Potatoes, Delia also guides you through exciting recipes like Stuffed Pork Tenderloin and Roast Stuffed Goose with Prunes and Armagnac. As clear and comprehensive as ever, the recipes are suitable for beginners as well as more experienced cooks. Illustrated with mouth-watering photographs, Delia Smith's Complete Cookery Course provides all you need, and more, for a lifetime of cooking and entertaining.

Note to customers: This edition was re-issued in March 2012 with a new jacket.


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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (3 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563362499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563362494
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 17 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (252 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,303 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's all-time classic bestseller and the essential bible for cooks of all abilities. Re-issued with a fresh, new jacket.

About the Author

Delia Smith is Britain's bestselling cookery writer, whose books have sold over 21 million copies to date. She began her writing career over 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 Summer and Winter Collections, The Vegetarian Collection and the How to Cook series 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. Delia's Happy Christmas was published later in 2009, fully updated with 100 new recipes and accompanied by a BBC TV special. 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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106 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where would we be without Delia? 14 May 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This was bought for me when I moved into my first home and I couldn't manage without it. When I emigrated to the United States, this was the only book I brought with me. It is excellent for the basics - pancakes, yorkshire puds and perfect rice. The Christmas cake is the best recipe I have ever found... If I had only 1 book in my kitchen, this would definitley be it!
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87 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GET IT!!!!! 27 Oct 2002
Format:Hardcover
Having read the reviews on this page, I agree with most of the comments. I too have had problems with a few recipies in regards to timing and oven temp etc etc etc, but as you cook more and more, you kind of get a feeling for things such as temp and time and these problems lessen!
I consider this book to be the pride of my collection!!!
It was bought for my wife many moons ago when it was first released. Since then, my interest in cooking has increased, and I have to say that I use recipies from this book all the time. Despite a few wobbly moments (see previous comments), on the whole the recipies are clear and easy to follow, and there are some real good tips on preperation, on buying produce and on equipment.
I enjoy Delia's style of writing and her opinions regarding food and others recipies! She is a traditional cook and seems to encourage the use of Lard in just about everything (heart blockage on the way!), but the results are fantastic!!!
While I use many cookery books, this is by far my favorite as it has proved useful as a beginer and now as a slightly more experienced cook!!! I can only recommend that you people out there purchase this book!!!
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't be simpler 13 Mar 2004
By ceb 123
Format:Paperback
This is the ultimate cookbook. Nothing it too overcomplicated, it's suitable for beginners and experts. I have lots of cookbooks but this is the one I come back to again and again.
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I learnt to cook from this book and by God did it teach me to cook all proper and Delia. If there's an old favorite from your childhood you want to cook, it'll be in Delia. An absolute essential reference in any British kitchen. The intro to each recipe is great; you get the idea of what Delia thinks about the dish and you can decide whether to give it a go. The great thing about Delia, and this distinguishes her from all the Jamies and Gordons, is that you can find most of the ingredients (apart from offal, perhaps) in your average supermarket. The remarkable thing about her recipes are that she tells you what not to do as well as what to do. This is what makes her recipes almost fail-safe. Go buy it!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cook's bible. 11 Mar 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
If I could only have access to one cookery book, then this would be my definitive choice. Tried and tested at many dinner parties, I love Delia's clear instructions and empathy with the novice cooks.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is brilliant! 12 Jun 2007
Format:Hardcover
This book is absolutely brilliant. If I could have only one cookery book on my kitchen shelf - this would be it. Fantastic value for money, the book is jam-packed with recipes that you'll really use, day-in, day-out. Delia assumes nothing, with clear and practical advice about everything you need to know, including equipment and little cooking techniques that other recipe books just skim over. From how to boil an egg and make perfect, fluffy rice, to tasty and nutritious mid-week meals, plus dishes for special occasions or entertaining, this book has everything! It is inspiring me to cook `proper' meals much more often, and gives me the confidence to try anything. Delia tells you what not to do, as well as what to do, and addresses common problems like cakes that won't rise. As a young woman who enjoys cooking but has quite a lot to learn, this book is like having your mum and your grandma in the kitchen with you, passing on their little tips and handing down the sort of recipes you have warm, fuzzy memories of. Not just for beginners - if you think you've got the hang of the basics already, Delia's simple suggestions will probably push your results from fine to perfect. Cooking is a pleasure with this book, and it is a joy to serve up such good food. Great for family cooking, or (like myself) for a couple. I can't praise this book highly enough. Buy it - you'll wonder how you ever managed without!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible of all Cookbooks! ! ! ! 8 Mar 2004
Format:Hardcover
This book is an absolute gem, it provides you with all of the essential (and dare I say foolproof!) recipes, and is THE bible of the cooking world. It serves as a great reference tool for the experienced while providing the beginner with every recipe they will ever need, from traditional homecooked dishes, to the more exotic foreign meals, baking, barbecues, bread making, even what to do with your left overs! You name it, Delia's got it covered! You won't be dissappointed, trust me!!!!!!
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
My wife and I used to own Delia's first definitive 'Complete Cookery Course', a modern classic if ever there was one. Not for nothing is Delia known as the Mrs Beeton of our age. Jo is no mean cook herself and, with an A-level in domestic science, is pretty well qualified in the culinary arts. Whether experimenting with something new or just seeking confirmation for some well-tried recipe like roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, Delia's book was the one and only bible necessary to achieve new heights of perfection. That copy (or was it the first replacement?) went off to university with our middle son and never returned. We did catch glimpse of it once, in dreadful state, hiding amongst the piles of greasy pots, pans and plates that served fourteen bright young things on a Telford campus. We were assured by some it was the only book students ever found remotely useful. Now, we have upgraded to her illustrated version (A new edition for the 1990's!). My first step was to laminate the dust-jacket for added protection. It should just about last to the millennium. My own cooking exploits are notorious but, bragging apart, I once single-handedly cooked a roast turkey dinner with six fresh vegetables and all the trimmings, including homemade bread sauce, to near perfection thanks to this book. No self-respecting cook should be without it.....
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Indespensible and every single recipe works!
Published 2 days ago by Debs
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WE HAVE HAD THIS BOOK IN THE THREE ORIGINAL PARTS FOR YEARS AND WANTED A COMPLETE VERSION. WE WERE VERY HAPPY WITH IT AS EXPECTED
Published 4 days ago by vladimir
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant..
Brilliant......cannot fault. It is simply an update on my old one. Bought it for my son and his partner as they wanted a basic, easy to use "bible" Look no further than... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Mrs. C. Long
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant cook book
I bought this for someone else as I have the book and it's great straight to the point easy instruction on " how to "
Yes would recommend
Published 8 days ago by Linda J. Boyle
4.0 out of 5 stars The book itself is very good and can help you out with almost...
The book itself is very good and can help you out with almost everything. The seller said - very good condition, but it was more just OK condition.
Published 9 days ago by Lins Loo
5.0 out of 5 stars delia fantastic
I bought this as a present for my niece and she really loves it .
Published 10 days ago by ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent Cook with excellent recipes, plain and simple. Thank you.
Published 11 days ago by M Barrie Leslie Buck
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely love this book
Absolutely love this book, very clear recipes & there are so many I want to tr out. I've already used a couple & find them very easy to follow
Published 14 days ago by genierose
5.0 out of 5 stars THE bIBLE
Must have for all home cooks.
Best value for money.
Published 15 days ago by Feedbacker
5.0 out of 5 stars Recipient well pleased.
Came on time as purchased at the last minute for a gift.
Recipient well pleased.
Published 20 days ago by SJ
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