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Delia's Complete How To Cook: Both a guide for beginners and a tried & tested recipe collection for life [Hardcover]

Delia Smith
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5 Mar 2009

Delia always has her finger on the button. For 40 years she has continually, throughout her cookbooks, writing and television programmes, enabled millions of people who lack confidence or experience to cook for their families and loved ones without fear.

Delia's Complete How to Cook, a compilation of simple recipes from her celebrated How to Cook series, is a totally comprehensive 700-page guide to basic cooking, meaning that everyone from nine to ninety has every cooking skill they will ever need in one volume. Including hundreds of recipes for every possible occasion, all with Delia's no-nonsense approach and easy to follow instructions. There has never been a greater need either to learn to cook or to return to home cooking. And here it is in one volume, absolutely appropriate for the times we live in.

Delia's Complete How to Cook was recently voted the best recipe book ever published (The Daily Telegraph/www.OnePoll.com).


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  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (5 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563539070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563539070
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 28.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,808 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 keeps it real. She writes real recipes for real people." (M&S Magazine)

"When it comes to creating culinary delights, you couldn't be in better hands." (-)

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'When it comes to creating culinary delights, you couldn't be in better hands.'

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194 of 195 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delia's Bible - Indispensable 4 Mar 2009
Format:Hardcover
As a bloke who hasn't got any of the other Delia books but quite like her on the telly i thought this would be useful addition to the other Jamies, Nigellas and Wagamama books on the Kitchen Shelf.

I didnt realise quite how essential it would become - its now 'first choice' every time i turn to the kitchen shelf for advice on an old fave or want to try something new to impress my other half.

It feels like that trusted DIY manual you keep going back to time and again either just to dip into (like that nice boiled egg on the cover) or to study in detail - whether its a meal that youve done before and need a refresher or want to give it a bit of a twist; or if its something youve never cooked before and you want the guiding hand of someone who knows what theyre doing (and can explain exactly what to do in the real world!) to stop it all going horribly wrong.

Its like Delia's Bible - and you can't say fairer than that. Essential for any kitchen shelf and highly recommended.
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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable cookbook 28 Mar 2009
Format:Hardcover
As a bloke who enjoys cooking but has missed out on ( or can't remember) the basics this book is great. It starts at the beginning and builds your confidence with inspirational recipes throughout. The quality of the recipes are spot on with clear directions and colour photos. As an in depth resource at this price it is invaluable. Thoroughly recommended.
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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best comprehensive cookbook ever 14 April 2009
By Maj
Format:Hardcover
I have a collection of many cookbooks but Delia's Complete How to Cook Guide is by far the best. I love the illustrations, I really like to know how the recipes should look. The tips and information pages are really helpful too. All the recipes I have tried have all turned out brilliantly. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the rest, get the best! 8 Jan 2010
Format:Hardcover
If you want to learn to cook - this is the book for you!

I spent a lot of time searching for the best book, reading many of the reviews here on Amazon, looking at charts/recommendations etc and after my own hands on with quite a few of the books, think this is one of if not _the_ best book for those wishing to learn to cook.

Delia shows you how to cook properly. Other books Like Jamie Oliver's Learn to cook in 24 hours, seem to be aimed at those people stepping up from microwave dinners! For example the ingredients lists in some of them include things like 'tinned tomatoes' or a 'pizza base' - I'm sorry but I don't call that cooking!! Delia shows you how to make pasta sauce from actual tomatoes and fresh ingredients, and how to make the dough for real pizza! Not only that, but she covers things like making your own preserves, and salad dressings - all the essentials really are covered, giving you a solid base to grow from. She also goes to great lengths to explain things - so for the ambitious, you get a good grounding in the art of cooking... something the other books seem to hold back on (guess they want you to buy their latest recipe book year after year and not truly progress as a cook!).

So, if you're an aspiring cook and want to learn how to cook properly - get this book, you won't regret it. I love it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "must have" 30 April 2009
Format:Hardcover
This book is a "must have" whatever your standard of skills in the kitchen from beginner to seasoned cook/chef, it is guarenteed to teach you something or give you ideas to improve. It would make a great gift for students on their way to uni too!!!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 11 April 2009
By Damaskcat HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I like Delia for basic common sense cooking. There is a lot of basic stuff in here that isn't easy to find anywhere else - such as how to poach an egg or make perfect jacket potatoes. There is also valuable information about different types of fruit and veg and the best way to cook them

This is a brilliant book just for browsing as well and the photographs are marvellous - you can almost taste and smell the food. The presentation of all the recipes is unfussy and simple. I really hate cookery books which show photographs of finished dishes with delicate drizzles of sauce round an artistically arranged heap of meat and vegetables.

With this book you know you will be able to reproduce what's in the photograph even if you've never used the recipe before. I know I'm going to get lots of enjoyment and marvellous meals out of this book. If I have a reservation it is its sheer size - which is large and heavy. I'm also not sure how long the binding will stand up to constant handling - but then cookery books in daily use are meant to look a little worn!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for beginners and experienced cooks 15 April 2009
Format:Hardcover
I bought this for my sister who is a fairly new cook. She loves it and I have to say that I have asked for a copy for my birthday too! It includes the basics and lots of recipes to tempt even the most experienced cooks - a great buy!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delialicous 8 April 2009
By D. Owen
Format:Hardcover
Absolutely love this book as its something I can dip into for easy, no fuss lunches, fabulous dinner party recipes and its a great reference book as well.
I couldn't imagine not having a Delia Smith cookbook in the house, in fact I have them all, but this weighty tome is indispensable if you want to know how to really cook. It is a recipe collection for life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for beginner cook
I bought this for my son's girlfriend for Christmas. Simple easy to follow recipes in a big glossy book. Looking forward to tasting the results!
Published 1 month ago by Mrs T J Fuller
4.0 out of 5 stars Gift
This item is a gift - this is what the recipient asked for so I hope that it meets their expectations
Published 1 month ago by Wendy Robins
5.0 out of 5 stars Present for mum
This was a gift and it has proved to be a very well used one - my mum refers to it all the time. She also lent it to my daughter when she went to university.
Published 2 months ago by Finoula
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
The detail and reasoning that Delia gives is fascinating for me as a male who has decided to throw a dinner party for guests who are very good cooks. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert W. Taylor
1.0 out of 5 stars Delia's Complete How To Cook.
It was with a bit of anger that after joining PRIME on a trial the delivery date for this item was a one day delivery. The item was due for delivery on 24th December. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pam9
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant of course!
Well being Delia of course it is going to be good! We already have the three originals but bought this for a friend who is moving into their first home. Read more
Published 3 months ago by horse
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful book to have on your bookshelf
I bought this book for my son, who is just starting to showan interest in cooking. It is very well written and easy to understand. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pamela Svaton
4.0 out of 5 stars Everything you'll ever need to know
Bought one for both my son and daughter. They're both pretty clueless when it comes to cooking and I thought this book would be perfect for them. Read more
Published 4 months ago by judith wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Best cookbook out there
Clear easy to read recipes. Ideal for either e beginner or an experienced cook. This is always my go-to book of choice
Published 5 months ago by Jo Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars A god send
A great book, very big but great for those people who dont have a clue. It is step by step and pretty self explanatory. Read more
Published 5 months ago by faye player
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