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  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (5 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563539070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563539070
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 4.4 x 28.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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205 of 206 people found the following review helpful By Perfidious Albion on 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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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful By M. Aldrich on 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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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Maj on 14 April 2009
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T. Allan on 4 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book because I am, and always have been, a fan of Delia Smith, however I honestly thought it would be more of a coffee table book rather than a well used cook book. Well I was completely wrong! My copy of this book is covered in stains with pages stuck together with unspeakable gunk, in short it doesn't leave my kitchen! I have cooked so many recipes from it and there are a lovely mixture of old Delia favourites and new dishes to explore. As always the recipes are reliable as long as you follow Delia's instructions and apply common sense. I can highly recommend the recipe for simple white bread, it's soft and delicious, better than anything I have had out of a bread machine and is perfect for sandwiches and makes excellent toast. Also, even though I am a competent cook, Delia's instructions for cooking eggs were an absolute revelation to me, I can now cook perfect poached or boiled eggs every single time and without stress or worry!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matts Cotty on 12 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover
When I first started cooking using recipe books many years ago, Delia Smith had just released her How to Cook books, which were fantastic. What I really like about the Delia books is that every recipe is accompanied with a photograph of what the finished dish looks like. This is great as you can find something you like the look of and get cooking.

The instructions are clear, concise and easy to follow and I have never cooked anything yet that does not resemble the photograph. Even though I would now consider myself to be a more advanced cook, I still go back to the Delia books for simple, tasty and mouth watering recipes.

Strong buildings are always built on good foundations and that is exactly what these books provide.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Spink on 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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By S. Sanderson on 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 By D. Owen on 8 April 2009
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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