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Delia's Summer Collection: 140 Recipes for Summer [Paperback]

Delia Smith
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8 May 2003

This is a celebration of summer and all its glorious ingredients - Delia has distilled the essence of summer into a book that brings the sun into the kitchen whatever the weather.

From early May to September a dazzling progression of summer produce brings with it a freshness, a sense of excitement and anticipation of what is new. Delia's Summer Collection takes that as its inspiration, introducing us to the more unusual ingredients that are growing in popularity, as well as familiar ingredients that are transformed by the subtle influence of Californian, Italian, Greek and Oriental flavours and ideas.

Here new techniques for grilling and roasting vegetables are explained; here are stunning home-made ice creams, barbecues for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike, a feast of fresh fruits, as well as a section on preserves to recapture some of the flavours of summer in the dark days of winter.

All Delia's recipes are tested again and again to make them totally accessible to everyone who enjoys cooking and eating. The Summer Collection also includes information on equipment, ingredients and menus for entertaining.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; New Ed edition (8 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563488700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563488705
  • Product Dimensions: 26.6 x 19.6 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,761 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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"Summer is a special time for cooks, a dazzling time when fresh ingredients present themselves in rapid succession, some of them so briefly that we need to snap them up to enjoy them at their best," Delia Smith writes in the introduction to her now classic Summer Collection. No-one can deny that we live in a privileged age when we can shop all round the world for anything at any time of the year, but that should never eclipse the joy of being able to eat something grown close to home when it's at its peak.

Asparagus, runner beans, baby carrots and strawberries all make an appearance in this book, all enhanced by Delia with tastes from California, Italy, Greece and the East. The cooking techniques range from grilling and roasting vegetables to making homemade ice cream. Recipes include Salmon Steaks with Avocado and Crème Fraîche to Sautéed Asparagus with Eggs and Parmesan. Desserts, breads and baking tips complete the collection. --Amanda James --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Delia is a modern-day Mrs Beeton, which I mean as a big compliment. You'll find her books in most households and they'll be the most used and trusted in the collection." (Theo Randall Delicious Magazine)

"Delia's writing is to be reckoned with. Her approach helps you get it right every time. Long live Delia!" (Gizzi Erskine. Delicious Magazine)

"Considered by many to be Britain's answer to Martha Stewart, Smith, with her down-to-earth style, is as refreshing as the food presented here" (Booklist)

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent - one of the best cookery books ever 30 July 2000
After hunting around for nearly two years, I managed to find a copy of Delia's Summer Collection - in the end, I finished up ordering two copies (one for a friend who had also been on the look-out for the book). I can honestly say that it's one of the best cookery books I have ever owned - especially the section on vegetables. I have tried so many of her recipes and haven't had a failure yet. Carry on cooking, Delia!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best 16 Aug 2009
I have several Delia books including this one. I find all her recipes to be extremely well described and they always come out right, unlike numerous celebrity chefs I could mention. I accept that she comes over a bit schoolmarmish but this lends gravitas to her writing. I don't think Delia can be beaten. This book in particular has lovely summery recipes, using easily obtainable, british ingredients and each recipe is a pleasure to recreate.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Summer cooking 12 Aug 2007
I've just gone back through this cookbook as what put me off to start with is the lack of pictures for every dish, however in recent weeks I've made several of the recipes - the roasted goats cheese vegetable couscous is a real hit and the leg of lamb wih rosemary is a stunning summer dish. This is a great cookbook for summer - and fairly health conscious too - I hadn't realised Delia is a weight watcher!
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Great recipes and illustrations. The book is indeed "summery" and fun, reminding me of childhood summers in England. My only complaint is the cumbersome instructions, presented in a such a "pleasing" fashion and very understated, in a truly English way. I will love Delia even more when she starts to use bullet points--I need to be able to find my place quickly when something is boiling over!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delia strikes again 10 Mar 2010
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Lovely glossy pictures and easy to read instructions for tasty meals. A bit disappointed the book was not the hardback edition but the price was right and the recipes are all the same as the harddback. Have added it to the bookshelf with all the other Delia books and will look forward to using it in the Summer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delias Summer Collection 8 Mar 2010
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Up to Delia's usual standard very clear and precise recipes, easy to follow. Most user friendly recipes.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Summer food for enthusiasts of travel. 4 Oct 1999
By E. Chittenden VINE VOICE
When I look through Delia Smiths Summer Collection I think of all the places I want to go but haven't been. I love food especially good food and this book made my taste buds run riot in my mouth. Not only is it easy to follow but there are plenty of recipes that you can adapt to suit your own tastes. A lot of my friends complain saying that the recipes that Delia creates are based around meat and are generally not in keeping with what most people would consider eating. With this cook book I found that not to be true, the Vegetarian Summer get's my vote anyday for sheer creativity and breaking with the normal vegetarian ethos. I would say the only down side is that there aren't enough pictures of the finished product. I always like to compare the finished product to what I have cook. It's always nice to look at something before you cook it, to get an idea of what it should look like. There were also a few ingredients that are nigh on impossible to find in everyday supermarkets. Everything aside I would make this the one cookbook everyone should buy for their kitchen!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Delia. 2 April 2014
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Love this book and it's cover. I particularly like the small details added to recipes which are very helpful and easy to follow.
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Book is brilliant as are all Delia's books, easy to follow récipes, delivered very quickly in excelente condition, brilliant book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars not really any pictures of dishes
i am someone who likes to see pictures of the dishes i am making so was very disappointed with the lack of pictures at least when you look at recipes online there are usually... Read more
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Recommended by a close friend who loves all her books . Lives up to expectations. Will try the other seasons soon
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I received a good quality second hand book, exactly as it was advertised. I am very happy with the book and the service.
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She never fails but excels
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A book full of great recipes. We were a bit surprised that the cover (dust jacket) was slightly creased however that does not detract from the great selection of recipes comiled... Read more
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