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Delia's How to Cook Book One [Hardcover]

Delia Smith
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Book Description

12 Oct 1998

Delia's How to Cook is a simple-to-follow cookery course for people of all ages and abilities.

In this comprehensive book series, Delia returns to the very roots of cooking to look at the techniques and the staple ingredients which underline the best traditions of British cookery. Delia sees it as an answer to an urgent need. There are more recipes than ever on television and yet it seems that many of us have forgotten how to put together a wholesome, nutritious meal that doesn't come from the chill cabinet or ready-made in a packet. Delia is convinced from the questions she receives in her postbag that people are no longer handed down the basics. In a world where people have less time than ever, they feel intimidated by the thought of cooking.

How to Cook: Book One covers the staple ingredients which form the basis of the world's foods: rice, flour, potatoes, pasta and eggs. With her unique powers of communication, Delia removes the fear and mystique from cooking both the simplest and quickest and the more advanced dishes with these essential tools of the trade. Perfect sponge cakes, fail-safe pastry and Delia's guide to the Great British Breakfast rub shoulders with an everlasting souffle and tempura prawns. For the health conscious there are chips that you don't have to fry and Delia's amazing no-fat white sauce. And, if you can't even boil an egg, Delia will show you how to do that as well.

Delia's How to Cook is a complete guide to cookery for the 21st century.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; Reprinted Edition edition (12 Oct 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563384301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563384304
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 28.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,661 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 How to Cook Book One is aimed at beginners: people whose staple diet comprises heat-and- serve or take-away meals. Television cook and bestselling author Delia Smith's aim is to equip her readers with the basic techniques of cooking which, after some practice, will help them discover the pleasures of home-made food. With the aid of very detailed instructions that accompany her recipes, readers are taught how to work with the staples: eggs, flour, rice, bread and pasta. But the book goes beyond boiled eggs and baked potatoes. There are recipes and photographs which will inspire: moussaka with roasted aubergines and ricotta, wild mushroom tartlets with poached quails' egg and apricot galettes with amaretto. Many of the recipes have several extra photographs which show the dish at various stages of preparation--these are useful if the recipe includes a gravy which needs to be "thickened" or if potatoes need to be cut into "chunks". Healthy options, like fat-free white sauces and chips you don't have to fry, are also included.

About the Author

Delia Smith is Britain's bestselling cookery writer, whose books have sold over 21 million copies worldwide. Delia's first job as a cookery writer was for the Daily Mirror in 1969 - numerous phenomenal best sellers and television series followed including Delia Smith's Complete Cookery Course in 1978 and Delia's Christmas, Summer and Winter Collections in the 1990s. Towards the end of the decade Delia commenced work on a new major project - Delia's How to Cook, publishing three separate volumes and the accompanying TV series. The Vegetarian Collection and The Delia Collection followed.

After a five year break concentrating on Norwich City Football Club (where she is a director) and Canary Catering, Delia returned triumphant in 2008 with a new BBC TV series and the fastest selling cookery book of all time 'Delia's How to Cheat at Cooking' - which has sold over 800,000 copies to date. Delia is married to the writer and editor Michael Wynn Jones. They live in Suffolk.


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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The foundations of cookery 21 Nov 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This really is a wonderful book. It goes right back to the foundations of cookery, upon which everything else is built. I have listened to people scoff at the basics being taught here, but when pressed - they knew as little as I did.
Like so many younger people, I have fallen into the (bad) habit of relying on frozen meals, or carry outs. This book is ideal for (re)introducing the skills of good cooking. To analogise, once you have learned the arithmetic you should be able to cope with the calculus to come.
It isn't just a training guide, it easily stands on its own as an excellent cook book with some really good recipes. I'm looking forward to Book Two.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teaches you How to Cook 27 Dec 2005
Format:Hardcover
This book is fantastic. It explains everything clearly in minute detail. Was able to make the leek and goats cheese tart that looked exactly like the picture and tasted wonderful. My mother ate some and gave me the highest praise. I love Delia, because her recipes are foolproof, clear and relaible and are guaranteed to give you yummy results.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where wouold we be without Delia? 5 Sep 2006
Format:Hardcover
A truly rare thing, a chef who is not too arrogant to write a cookbook which actually explains in the simplest terms how to cook every ingridient, assuming you have no knowledge at all. I always found with other cookbooks that they just threw a bunch of long words at you and some complex ingridient lists and told you to get on with it. What if you dont know what sautéed means? not only does Delia exlain every step in great detaill, but also, like all good chefs, her passion for the food comes oozing through the narrative, and there a sections dedicated to the reasons WHY things like durum wheat pasta, proper bread, and organic chicken matter and taste so much better, while being a lot better for you. Also there is an awesome photo of her cat inside. This book got me so into cooking that it is now a passion that I have and enjoy every day.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!! 11 Feb 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Being a 34- year old mother of two who loves cooking,I always classified myself as "knowing how to cook". Having read Delia's "How to cook" made me realise that I did not have proper knowledge of even the basics. She is absolutely great and I really enjoyed for the first time eating home-made bread,omellettes and some other simple, easy to prepare dishes. It was the best value for money for any of the cookery books I bought so far.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From Start To Finish 10 Nov 2006
Format:Hardcover
I read this book along with the two other parts and although I already know how to cook this book taught me some things that I didn't previously know. It doesn't just cover recipes, but it goes into detail about different types of ingredients and freshnesses and when to use certain ingredients. One of my favourite parts is how to check the freshness of an egg in water and what they are best used for at each stage.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant back to basics book 1 Dec 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Please, please, please ignore the bad reviews - this book is fantastic! It is basic but it's perfect for those who have very little cooking skills or even those who want to take cooking right back to the basics. I thought this book was brilliant and can't wait for the next in the series.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother Loooking at This-Click Buy NOW! 21 Jun 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book is wonderful! I am a complete beginner and so the bits on scrambling eggs were wonderful:)! I especially like the way it starts at the beginning and moves on by difficulty. I read this book cover-to-cover in the first 2 hours after I got it. If I could give it 10 stars,I would.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All bow to Queen Delia 24 July 2001
Format:Hardcover
This book is fantastic for going back to basics. I didn't realise how bad my cooking was until started using the tips in this book. I didn't know potatoes were supposed to have flavour.
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Published 1 month ago by klaus schweier
4.0 out of 5 stars cook book
we have bought this as someone asked for it as a wedding present, so we are not sure whether they will find it helpful
Published 2 months ago by keith gibbs
3.0 out of 5 stars Book
Not what I thought but got some good ideas in I wanted a book for beginners who are not use to cooking
Published 2 months ago by Random jacqui
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Any Delia book is a good book as it is always written in simple terms with little room for misunderstanding. Bought to make up the set as I had the other two.
Published 4 months ago by k childs
5.0 out of 5 stars A great gift for a friend
I purchased this book as a gift for my friend who has recently bought her first property and cannot cook. Read more
Published 6 months ago by SilentSinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Cooking manual
This book teaches you how to cook in depth, if you really love food you need this book. Great for younger cooks who are just starting out in the kitchen.
Published 7 months ago by Mavis
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
good book if your just starting out on your own i would recommend to a friend
i got all three books
Published 9 months ago by S. A. Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great starter's cookbook
The ideal first cook book, in which Delia proves that you can never oversimplify for the newcomer to cooking. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Twink2
1.0 out of 5 stars Delia's How to Cook Book One
Ok, the book was cheap, but the seller claimed that it was in good condition and when it arrived I realised that it was in disgusting state - most pages had food on them and some... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mrs. M. Bridgman
2.0 out of 5 stars Condition poor
Book contents, as expected, excellent. Book condition poor, cover and page edges grubby, top right hand corner of hardback cover, front and back bent. Read more
Published 13 months ago by David Young
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