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How To Be A Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking (Nigella Collection) [Hardcover]

Nigella Lawson
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Book Description

10 April 2014

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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Product details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus (10 April 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0701189142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701189143
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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Amazon Review

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 an alternate Hardcover edition.

Review

"Part of a collection of reissues with stylish redesigned covers... Nigella's millennial masterpiece [is] home baking's sacred text. Not only will you want to eat everything in it, there's a fair chance you'll actually want to cook it too. Most importantly, the recipes are well written and rarely turn out disappointing results." (Guardian)

"Working mothers must give thanks to Nigella... What sets her apart from every other food writer is her empathy with working women and her realism... Every page of How to be a Domestic Goddess is imbued with warmth" (The Times)

"How to Eat was sheer joy... Now she's done it again. If ever baking needed pepping up, Nigella does it" (Daily Express)

"Her prose is as nourishing as her recipes" (Salman Rushdie Observer)

"Cerebral and scintillating advice for the hungry, peppered with wit" (Sunday Times)

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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
Format:Paperback
...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 book...like 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
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Time Favourite Baking Bible 9 May 2007
By PK
Format:Paperback
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Dont know how i lived without it 29 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I was undecided about wether to buy this book or not. I didnt see myself as a baker. I dont have another cookery book that i use as much as this. Her writing is comforting and amusing and often i read it in bed as a bit of escapism. I made the sponge drops just two nights ago for a dinner party and everyone was really impressed with them. I have to say her sponge recipies are quite heavenly and very straight forward. I have tried many of the recipies out of this one and not one has failed ! I make the banana muffins quite regulary for breakfast for the kids and they love em'. If there is one criticism i could make it would be that any of her chocolate recipies i have tried are extremely strong and rich, this of course could simply be down to taste.
The recipies range from cup cakes, to pies jams and pickles...mmmmm and lots more besides.
Couldnt recommend it more
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A word of warning 25 Jan 2009
Format:Hardcover
Nigella Lawson's written style is colourful and ebullient and she coaxes you into trying these recipes like you're a close friend. But my word her oven is from a different planet to mine. I have tried her brownies, muffins, kuchen, various breads and biscuits from this book and ALL of them have needed dramatically longer cooking time (in some cases double). And this is in a variety of ovens, all with the same results. In fact, I have taken to annotating this book with my own temperatures and timings (as a general rule, notch the gas down slightly from her setting and add half as much cooking time again).

Newer editions may have amended this (they certainly fixed the error that had me making banana loaf in a 1lb tin rather than a 2lb), but judging from the scarily short cooking times Nigella gives for roast turkey in her new Christmas book, I doubt it.

That being said, the photography is a work of art on its own. Drool over this book, then go and make a Mary Berry instead.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Baking Bliss Nigella Style!
Another winner from the fabulous Nigella!! A great book filled with mouth watering and simple baking ideas... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Birgitta Rolston
5.0 out of 5 stars A home bakers must
Love this book. I just want to make everything in it. Simple, easy to follow baking.
Published 16 days ago by ellesea97
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant book by Nigella, as usual. Easy to follow recipes and good price.
Published 19 days ago by dougal
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 4 months ago by Sílvia
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 5 months 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 8 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 10 months ago by Chrissie
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