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Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights [Hardcover]

Sophie Dahl
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Book Description

4 Mar 2010
Sophie Dahl, one of the most glorious women on the planet, shares delicious secrets from her slinky kitchen, funny stories and favourite recipes in a beautifully illustrated hardback. With delectable recipes for each season, this luscious abundant take on food will delight women everywhere. In this beautifully colour illustrated cookbook, Sophie shares 100 of her favourite recipes that show that healthy can be delicious and indulgent. Sophie lived out the latter part of her adolescence under the public spotlight as the first anti-waif model. Flirting with every food fad from Atkins to raw food, she experienced both misadventures and victories in her quest to have a healthy relationship with food. Now she reveals the recipes that allowed her to eat what she wants while being sylphy as a sapling. Sophie cooks with gusto and passion and here she takes us on a delicious journey through a wonderful collection of her favourite recipes for every meal and every season - from her Grandmother Gee-Gee's ginger parkin, to her dad's amazing chicken curry to what she serves her boyfriend for breakfast. Try out her mama's baked acorn squash and the delicious student-days favourite 'Paris Mash', plus childhood-fun puddings like Carnation milk jelly or decadent desserts like Chocolate chestnut souffle. Sophie reveals compassionate common sense about food, and serves up a lashing of healthy recipes that celebrate the joy of eating so you'll never want to diet again. Original, funny, intimate, and quirky with a bit of whimsy, this glorious book is full of wonderful anecdotes and delicious recipes, scattered with Sophie's own lovely Matisse-like line drawings that slope off the page.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (4 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007261179
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007261178
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,807 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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101 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Homely, earthy and realistic cooking 16 May 2009
By whipmeupsomecream VINE VOICE
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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful little cookery book 22 Jun 2009
By theTramp VINE VOICE
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing 3 April 2010
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my top 2 cookery books 7 Sep 2010
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yummy, scrummy and perfectly practical 19 Jun 2009
By ColD
I bought when the price initially tempted me and then I tried a few recipes for an impromptu supper .... chicken stew with green olives and cinnamon roast peaches for pud, albeit drizzled with manuka honey instead of Yoghurt. Okay so it was indicated under 'summer breakfast' but the beauty of this book is the mix and match potential! Singularly simple and simply singular - such unpretentious delicious fun and at a great price.
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64 of 71 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful... but don't want to cook from it! 20 Jun 2009
When I first got this, I thought it was lovely; it would make a great gift as it's very elegantly put together and looks much more expensive than it is. I enjoyed reading Sophie Dahl's potted biography sections, which separate the seasonal chapters, although I'm not sure I'll ever read those bits again, and the pictures are very stylish.

But... when it came down to it, I struggled to find a single recipe I wanted to eat. Maybe if you're used to being a model on a cabbage soup diet, these meals seem 'voluptous' but to a greedyguts like me they seem the opposite to luxurious. They are mainly vegetarian, with lots of omelette type things, as well as mushrooms and brown rice . Even the flapjacks had no sugar in them. Pshaw!

This book is currently paired up with Fay Ripley's cookbook on Amazon, but I would warn you that they are nothing alike. I much prefered Fay's, which is FULL of things I couldn't wait to eat. This book is not a family cook book at all, almost all the recipes are for 2, and not very child friendly.

Sadly I think this is one of those coffee table cookbooks which is for reading and not for cooking.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars quick delivery
Book arrived quickly, in very good quality! The book has a beautiful design and yummy recipes. I am happy with the order, so would recommend to anyone.
Published 3 months ago by magdi birtha
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite cookbook!
I simply love the recipes in this book! Since I've always been fascinated by Ms Dahl, I found the anecdotes that are introducing each chapter quite amusing. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tall girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Some fab ideas with food
After I had seen Sophie Dahl's television programmes - I Kindled one of her books - this one - it is full of sumptuous ideas and recipes - well worth a try
Published 5 months ago by Netherfield4348
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Words
BANANA BREAD. It has been made in my house several times and never lasts very long!
Excellent recipes and beautiful photographs.
Published 6 months ago by Mrs Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars looking for ages for this book
At long last i found it and love it. Have now got both her cook books.I love her style of cookery and her down to earth way of cooking.
Published 12 months ago by clairelou
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
A lovely book with easy to follow delicious recipes,great photographs and a chatty dialogue from Sophie.
I like that the recipes are according to the seasons. Read more
Published 13 months ago by joanne moll
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
Bought for daughter's birthday and she loves it.She never heard of the auther and is now a fan of Sophie Dahl
Published 14 months ago by margaret lynch
4.0 out of 5 stars More than food, a way of life
Very interresting book not only about food, but also about the way we're living in the middle of abundance lso a lesson for all the people that have some weight issues. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Fastré
5.0 out of 5 stars healthy fresh tasting recipies
I have to confess to not having watched the tv series as totally put off by reviews at that time. Now I certainly regret it! Read more
Published 21 months ago by shakespeare's sister
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!
This book is excellent, full of warmth and easy recipes. Sophie's writing and ideas are giving a feeling of comfort. Read more
Published 23 months ago by beehive
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