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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (4 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780007261178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007261178
  • ASIN: 0007261179
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 3.5 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sophie Dahl began her career as a model but writing has always been her first love. Her first novel, Playing with the Grown-Ups, was published in 2007 following her bestselling illustrated novella, The Man with the Dancing Eyes. Sophie was contributing editor for Men's Vogue for three years and now works for, amongst others, British Vogue, American Vogue, The Guardian, Telegraph Magazine, Spectator and The Times. Her first cook book, Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights, was published in 2009 to rave reviews and her prime time BBC cookery show starts in March 2010. After an eight-year sojourn in New York, Sophie now lives in London.

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‘…a book that combines a love of food with a love of life, and a perfect celebration of how we are what we eat.’ – Justine Picardie, Red

‘Bursting with family anecdotes and some of Sophie’s personal favourite receipes, it is, as she describes it, a “food-moire”.’ – The English Home

‘…an unbridled delight.’ – London Lite

‘The recipes are simple … all of them look utterly delicious, but it’s the little touches that make this cookbook stand out.’ – Heat

About the Author

Sophie Dahl began modelling in 1996, after being discovered by fashion maverick Isabella Blow. In 2003 her best-selling novella, 'The Man With The Dancing Eyes' was published. Dahl has been published in American Vogue, the Guardian, the Telegraph Magazine and The Spectator. Dahl lives in England after an eight year sojourn in New York.

She is now a regular contributor to Waitrose Food Monthly Magazine.


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103 of 106 people found the following review helpful By whipmeupsomecream VINE VOICE on 16 May 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for those that love home-style cooking.
So far I am impressed with the recipes that I have made which include: beetroot soup, poached eggs on portobello mushrooms with goats cheese, buttermilk chicken with smashed sweet potatoes and the monkfish with saffron sauce. You can tell the recipes are obviously well-worn favourites of hers, cooked - and tested - over and over again, because they were all a resounding success.

I found the recipes to be easy to follow and the ingredients were easy to find in my local supermarket and (small) village grocery shop! This book is particularly ideal if you are just learning to cook as there are no complicated techniques to master, just good simple recipes that really do taste great. There are a few veggie recipes too.

For those that might be worried about the 'model/celebrity factor', this book is as unpretentious as you can get. The book is written as a type of food memoir. Interspersed with the recipes, there are a few stories that Sophie has written about her background and what lead her to write a cookbook. If this puts you off, then please don't let it... her style of writing is warm, witty and self-deprecating.
Although there are no frills, the book is presented beautifully. The book is divided into seasons, plus a chapter at the back for puddings.
It reminds me of 'Jamie at home' in terms of pictures and style. The food photos are lovely but they don't make you think "Mine will never look like that!"
I would definitely give this as a gift and recommend it, as there are so many easy but delicious recipes in it that even someone who 'doesn't do cooking' would use it regularly!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By theTramp VINE VOICE on 22 Jun. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Delightful cookery book which combines beautiful photography, tasty recipe's and a little autobiography and 'how to live life right' thoughts from Miss Dahl.

Miss Dahl has split her book into seasons and meal times, so for each season you have breakfast, lunch and dinner suggestions, all utilising lovely seasonal ingredients, which even include the odd suggested change of ingredient if you find her way less to your taste but the general idea tempting. This is a recipe book with a message, and the message is if you eat regularly, cook your own food and eat in moderation you will lose weight or acheive the right weight for you. It's a nice message and certainly the recipes exude healthy and tasty rather than virtuous and fat free. No calorie counting here, "be sensible" is the message and really it's not a bad message at all.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ms. A. J. Walker on 3 April 2010
Format: Hardcover
I found this book truely refreshing. Not only are the recipes easy to make but innovative in idea - the way Sophie writes is truely accessible. It is wonderful to have someone as high profile as her talk frankly about her weight and diet. As a dietitian I often scoff when I read models ideas of a healthy diet, and practically dispair at the strange fad diets alot of people follow. But Sophie's advice is both practical and sensible - after all we all like a little bit of pudding now and again.

I would highly recommend this book to any improving cook. It's maybe not as suitable for a total beginner but as long as you know your way around a kitchen this is definitely an excellent book to add to your repertoire.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hannah H on 21 April 2010
Format: Hardcover
I thought this was a great cook book, the explanations by Sophie Dahl are interesting to read and the recipes themselves are pretty straight forward yet produce great food. You do not have to buy complicated or expensive ingredients to make them and cooking times seem pretty low. I have made the Courgette and Watercress Soup, Aubergine Parmigiana and Rhubarb and Rosewater Eton Mess. I don't even like courgettes, aubergines or rhubarb, that's how good this book is. I also like that many of the recipes are for 2 or 4 people, I often cook just for myself and one other person, and not having to divide all the ingredients down is a real help.

I haven't given it the full 5 stars becuase although it is a beautiful book, I'd actually like a few more pictures of the actual food (so I know what I am doing) and occasionally the instructions are incomplete. Eg, putting something to one side and using later, should you reheat it? Leave to cool down? It would confuse an inexperienced cook.

I have already earmarked the recipes I will be making soon, and have no doubt this book will be a firm staple. I'm only disappointed it's not longer, and hope that there might be a new edition after the TV show.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By cookbookcollector on 7 Sept. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Love this book - every recipe I have cooked has been delicious. I thoroughly recommend this book to those who want to cook quick recipes which are relatively healthy and yummy. It is especially good for those who are cooking for one or two (though if you would like to cook for a larger group, you could always multiply the quantities). I would put it amongst my top 2 quick after work cookbooks (the other being Nigella Express)
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81 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Bob Sinclair on 3 May 2009
Format: Hardcover
Saw Sophie Dahl on Jonathan Ross last night, and I would presume that many people watching would have wondered what a gorgeous ex-model is doing writing a cookbook. Just because Roald Dahl is your granddad doesn't follow that you should inherit his talent with the written word. Well as it happens I have read quite a few of her featured articles in Men's Vogue, and always admire her graceful eloquence and mots d'esprits, so whilst in Waterstones this morning I sought out and browsed through a copy of Voluptuous Delights. First impressions were that it has been produced to a very high standard (on Ross Sophie did say that she was a control freak and I would imagine is an aesthete); the design is sumptuous, the photography wonderful and the paper feels pleasantly touchable. Even the ink smells good. So being an amateur foodie, I bought the book and spent a very pleasant hour or so with it on the train home.

It's not uncommon these days for cookbooks to be more than a collection of recipes, but I really have enjoyed reading this one. Sophie engages you from the first introductory pages, and makes it easy to warm to her with funny anecdotes and self-deprecatory tales, but most importantly the writer creates a mouth watering anticipation for each and every recipe. So many cookbooks are quickly relegated to dust gathering duties on kitchen shelves but I can see this household using these recipes again and again. I JUST CAN'T WAIT to get to the shops tomorrow to sate the epicurean hunger that this book has created.

The proof as always is in the pudding, and these puddings not only sound and look delicious, but they are healthy too!

(and at this price on amazon, Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights are more that great value for money.
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