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How To Be A Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking [Paperback]

Nigella Lawson
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Book Description

2 Oct 2003

How to be a Domestic Goddess is not about being a goddess, but about feeling like one. What this deliciously reassuring and mouthwatering cookbook shows is that it's not hard to bake a tray of muffins, or a sponge layer cake - but the rewards are high.

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 a writer's flair and a cook's passion, Nigella brings you everything from brownies to bagels, from gooseberry-cream crumble to double apple pie, from pizza to pistachio macaroons, from festive bake to Barbie cake.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus; New Ed edition (2 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0701171081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701171087
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nigella Lawson is the author of bestselling books - How to Eat ('may just be the best cookery book ever' Daily Telegraph), How to Be a Domestic Goddess (British Book Awards 2001), Nigella Bites (WHSmith Award 2002), Forever Summer ('images of warmth and Mediterranean climes' Time Out), Feast, ('a voluptuous and delicious piece of food writing' Guardian), Nigella Express (no. 1 bestseller with over 1 million sales) and Nigella Christmas ('everything to make your Christmas sparkle' Independent) - which, together with her successful TV series (on BBC 2, Channel 4, as well as the American Food Network ) have made hers a household name around the world. She lives in London with her family.

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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


'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

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102 of 103 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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71 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recipes that will make your mouth water. 29 Dec 2001
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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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 out of 5 ain't bad! 20 Nov 2006
This is my favourite cooking book at the moment. I think that Nigella and I have a similar taste in food, and she inspires me to WANT to cook her recipes. The cupcake recipes and the chocolate brownies are a firm favourite in my house. However, I took a star off for her totally inept cooking times! The brownie recipe does need an extra 15-20 minutes cooking - they're not so bad if you let them cool a litle and put them back in the oven, I know I tested 3 different cooking times! So if you're confident enough to have a go without being put off with having to 'tweak', then this is an inspiring read. Novices and the unexperimental beware - you may end up feeling like a Domestic Failure.
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31 of 32 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Plenty of people I know rely on expensive ingredients to impress at dinner parties. Now, I'm not normally one to show off in the kitchen, but after one dinner party which began with Small Tomato Tarts, and ended with Chocolate Babycakes (both recipes from this book), all of a sudden, my friends seem very keen to come to dinner!
I've made the Pink Grapefruit Marmalade (just so surprisingly easy), and the Spiced Apple Chutney, and before you think that I must have loads of time on my hands and a huge kitchen, I run my own business and my kitchen is the size of a postage stamp.
I know from the first Nigella book I bought (How To Eat) (equally great) that her prose is wonderful. There's something about the way Nigella writes that makes you feel so good about indulging your womanliness in a little home-making and baking. The recipes are easy, fuss-free and very few require either ingredients or equipment that you won't already have or can't easily source at your local supermarket, so you can really keep the cost of entertaining down. She even gives a long list of useful suppliers at the end in case you're really out in the sticks!
I'd strongly recommend this book - whether you're buying for you, or as a gift - even the least enthusiastic cooks will find this inspirational!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredible good
It is the perfect book for those who love the kitchen. I like the way it is written and how she introduces everysingle recipe. One of her best books!
Published 1 month ago by silvia oterino eroles
5.0 out of 5 stars Domestic Goddess
This book allows any Woman to be a Domestic Goddess, and your Husband/ Partner will love the comfort foods with or without Nigella.
Published 1 month ago by ET.
5.0 out of 5 stars We just discovered this old favourite
What a wonderful and truly usable book! I know that it's an old favourite, but we only recently discovered it on a friend's bookshelf. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. John Norman
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Nigella's best...
I have quite a few of Nigella's books and this one outshines them all. There are plenty of recipes with clear instructions and accompanying pictures. Money well spent!
Published 2 months ago by ReshmiZulphay
4.0 out of 5 stars Domestic Goddess
Bought as a gift and the recipient seems very happy. I have a copy myself that I have had for years, one or 2 recipes are very good
Published 3 months ago by A. Ronaldson
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC
These well-tested recipes never fail, and Nigella's writing is a joy. Still enjoying working my through this classic cookbook. It's a kitchen must-have.
Published 4 months ago by Luce Ashton Geering
5.0 out of 5 stars Cake
I have a copy of this book and have baked many things from it. So I bought it for a friends birthday. I recommend the brownies with the small addition of 200ml of dark rum. Yummy.
Published 6 months ago by Chrissie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference...
...for baking. A classic nigella book. I love her prose . Reading her recipes always adds enjoyment through her words. Recipes are easy to follow.
Published 7 months ago by Qatrinnada Rawi
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy with purchase
Bought this book as present so connot comment on its content really. But it is a lovely looking book and seems good
Published 8 months ago by margaret
4.0 out of 5 stars Yum yum !
Slightly disappointed at the quality of the pictures (even though the book is quite old now) yet this book is a must-have in a kitchen.
Published 8 months ago by wandsfield
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