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How To Be A Domestic Goddess [Kindle Edition]

Nigella Lawson
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Nigella Collection: a vibrant new look for Nigella’s classic cookery books.

'This is for those days or evenings when you want to usher a little something out of the kitchen that makes you thrill at the sheer pleasure you’ve conjured up.'

The classic baking bible by Nigella Lawson (‘Queen of the Kitchen’ – Observer Food Monthly). This is the book that helped the world rediscover the joys of baking and kick-started the cupcake revolution, from cake shops around the country to The Great British Bake Off.

How To Be a Domestic Goddess is not about being a goddess, but about feeling like one. Here is the book that feeds our fantasies, understands our anxieties and puts cakes, pies, pastries, preserves, puddings, bread and biscuits back into our own kitchens.

With luscious photography, easy recipes, witty food writing and a beautiful hardback design, this is a book you will treasure for many years as well as a delicious gift for friends and family.

Cakes - from a simple Victoria Sponge to beautiful cupcakes

Biscuits - macaroons, muffins and other indulgent treats

Pies - perfect shortcrust and puff pastry and sweet and savoury recipes

Puddings - crumbles, sponges, trifles and cheesecakes

Chocolate - luscious chocolate recipes for sharing (or not)

Children - simple recipes for baking with kids

Christmas - pudding, Christmas cakes, mince pies... and mulled wine

Bread - finally, the proof that baking bread can be fun, with easy bread recipes

The Domestic Goddess’s Larder - essential preserves, jams, chutneys, curds and pickles that every cook should have

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Those who love comfort food have cause to be grateful for Nigella Lawson's book How to Be a Domestic Goddess. Cause, too, perhaps, to wonder that she isn't the size of a house, since baked comfort foods typically encompass large quantities of butter, cream, eggs, sugar, chocolate, nuts, cream cheese and all the other foodstuffs to which with dreary inevitability attaches the deadly word "sinful". But in Nigella Lawson's hands these dangerous, even feared, substances are transmuted alchemically into the healing balms of the goddess, who presides (perhaps a little ironically) over a harmonious kitchen realm.

The recipes are suitably divine, covering cakes, biscuits, pies, puddings, breads, with special sections on cooking for (and by) children and Christmas. Most are sweet, though there is a choice selection of savoury pies and puddings--Pizza Rustica, Steak and Kidney Pudding, Cornish Pasties. The sweet things range from the airy elegance of Pistachio Macaroons, through the luscious spiciness of Norwegian Cinnamon Buns, to the trailer-trashiness of Coca-Cola Cake.

Nigella Lawson's poise never falters, whether she is discussing serving mulled wine with mince pies ("Don't fight it") or a strange passion-fruit liqueur required for one of her trifles ("the most divinely camp liqueur you could ever come across"). She plays a kind of game with her readers, insisting constantly on her greed, but really invoking our own. What a fascinating book: hints of obsessiveness revealed behind the beautifully projected personality of a laid-back voluptuary.--Robin Davidson


'the bible for the yummy-mummy generation' --The Guardian

'Her prose is as nourishing as her recipes' --Salman Rushdie, Observer

'I love Nigella Lawson's writing and I love her recipes' --Delia Smith

'Cerebral and scintillating advice for the hungry, peppered with wit' --Sunday Times

'Passionate, informative, detailed, bossy and admirably practical' --Evening Standard

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7341 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (13 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0701171081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701171087
  • ASIN: B007HNXIF2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #76,265 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Nigella Lawson has written nine bestselling cookery books, including the the classics How To Eat and How to Be a Domestic Goddess -- the book that launched a thousand cupcakes. These books, her TV series and her Quick Collection app, have made her a household name around the world. In 2014 she was voted Best Food Personality in a readers' vote at the Observer Food Monthly Awards.

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104 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I challenge you not to drool over this book.... 22 Jan. 2004
...I've always liked the way Nigella Lawson writes....her books make you want to read them, not just abandon to a dusty life on the kitchen shelf...She has a lovely way of making the recipes seem effortless, and most of them are as simple as they sound...I love the variety of recipes in this book, the little anecdotes that go with them, and the constant encouragement to experiment at home...the reader is made to feel that the recipes are not 'cast in iron', that it is possible to tweak and change them at our will...
The other thing I like about this book, is that Nigella is not selfish about her sources for recipes...if she finds a good recipe somewhere else, she gives the name of the Nigella, I do a lot of 'middle of the night' browsing on the internet, especially in Amazon...and most of the books she mentions, or includes in the bibliography, I've been able to track down to purchase for myself...
The proof of the pudding is in the eating, and my teenage son is testimony to the success of the recipes that I've tried. My favourites? the Chocolate brownie recipe, the Christmas-Morning Muffins, which take 25 mins from start to finish, (I've even been known to make these on a school-day morning, and I'M a teacher!)The easy danish pastry recipes, the calvados syllabub....I'd list more, but I really think you need to get your own copy!!
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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recipes that will make your mouth water. 29 Dec. 2001
By A Customer
Nigella Lawson makes cooking a pleasure. This book has a healthy balance between cooking for the family and cooking for guests that you want to impress. There was not a single recipe that I didn't want to try and by the time I had read the book I felt I knew Nigella and her family as old friends. Nigella encourages you to alter her recipes and feel confident doing so. I have never before bought a cookbook by a famous chef because I felt the recipes were too fancy or the ingredients were too difficult to buy, the majority of the ingredients in Nigella's recipe's can be found in most kitchen's or in the local shop. I cannot praise this book highly enough.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Time Favourite Baking Bible 9 May 2007
I had heard of the chef Nigella Lawson, the domestic goddess, but I was yet to read one of her books or try her recipes. I bought this last year as a gift for myself, and I must admit that the first thing to attract me to the book was the cover! Very pretty and feminine. But once I got home and curled up with the book and a cup of tea, I realised just why Nigella is known as the domestic goddess; the recipes are out of this world! I looked through the entire book and found lots of recipes that I was itching to make, and the illustrations are gorgeous, a visually stunning baking guide. The book has something for everyone, even if you do not have a sweet tooth, it also contains savoury recipes. The cheese and onion pasties went down a treat, and the pizza rustica was just delicious and unusual too. My favourite recipe was the sour cream chocolate cake, it sounds strange adding soured cream to a cake, but the result was a moist cake, not temple achingly sweet yet still gooey and chocolatey. And the cheesecakes were perfect, much better than the shop bought artificial creations we are accustomed to. Overall I would say that this is the best baking book I have ever read, and I have read a lot of Delia and Mary Berry too. Nigella deserves her domestic goddess name tag and this book is not only a joy to look at but is packed full of some of the best recipes you would ever see.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stunner! 24 Feb. 2004
By SecretSweets VINE VOICE
No, I am not refering to Ms Lawson. I recently bought this book and have already tried over 10 recipes - each one a complete success and by that I mean absolutely no left-overs.
If you are looking for something to impress without having to spend many slavish hours in the kitchen, this book will give you enough ideas to keep you busy for many weeks to come.
The recipes are easy and I mean dead-simple! No fuss, no fiddling about with kitchen gadgets, no watching over the stove - nothing. Each recipe is stripped down to the basics and presented in a simple, idiot-friendly manner and yet the results are worthy of a nod from a gourmet chef!
I love the Sweet and Salty Peanut Biscuits, so different from the peanutbutter type biscuits we know. The Brownies are spectacular given that they are so easy to make, but wait...the Molten Chocolate Babycakes will leave you quite lost for words!
There is also a chapter on breads all all things yeasty. Here Ms Lawson pleads us to use old potato water as the liquid. Huh?! Well, yes, that's what she says! Who am I to dispute a guru. So, improbable as it sounds, I tried it. And .... well, frankly I don't quite see the big difference. I have turned to making my own bread for a few months now but it always finishes in two days. I have yet to test the theory that bread lasts longer with old potato water.
I also love the chapter on pies. Loads of easy stuff here to make and bake and I must confess that I am guilty of using family picnics as an excuse to make the Pizza Rustica and Cornish Pasties.
And finally, do not over look the chapter on puddings. For something unusual, try the Red Gooseberry Clafoutis and Om Ali. They are different and guaranteed to get you some 'ooohs' and 'aaahs'.
In general, I have enjoyed the reading the recipes in this book as much and making them - but not as much as eating them!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab book with easy recipes, no fuss, store cupboard ingredients and...
Fab book with easy recipes, no fuss, store cupboard ingredients and delicious tasting results. I bought mine used from one of the Amazon approved retailers for an absolute fraction... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comfort food at it's best!
Bought to replace the book, which I leant to someone and have never seen again (no more book lending!). A favourite of mine and now my daughter's, real comfort food.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great read with Nigella's unique style
you don't even have to actually do any of the recipes to enjoy this book! Nigella's unique writing style, her humour and her original take on life and life in the kitchen, are what... Read more
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She is so good and her recipes are so inspiring.......... !!!love it love it!!!
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Published 3 months ago by D M Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the book
Love the book, nice pictures and very easy to follow recipes. I'm no the best of cook and I have always struggled to cook cakes and biscuits but I love baking so I have decided to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Great recipes and bought secondhand, can't go wrong.
Bought this book just for the food processor danish pastry recipe. Foolproof.
Published 4 months ago by mabirch
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