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Delia's How to Cook Book Three
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123 of 127 people found the following review helpful
on 5 December 2001
This book is an absolute must have. I bought the first two, but in my opinion this is by far the best. There are lots of lovely dishes with very well illustrated photographs. There are also some brilliant low fat recipes, which believe it or not taste good too! This book not only has great recipes but is also laid out in an interesting and informative way which makes it a very good read. The only bad point about this book is that there are so many fantastic recipes, I don't know where to start! If you love cooking you won't be disappointed with this one.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 29 April 2001
This is a fantastic book for anyone who doesn't know the difference between blanching & boiling! I found it invaluable in teaching all manner of cookery basics as well as terminology. It has easy to follow recipes as well as clear pictures to guide you as to what your creation should look like. This book also contains a complete list of the essential cooking equipment you should have in your kitchen in order to make practically anything, as well as a list of ingredients your cupboards should never be without. This book is perfect for the absolute beginner(makes an ideal guide for your son or daughter who has just gone off to university) or for the more experienced who are always on the look out for new recipes. I feel that it is superior to 'How to Cook Book 2' as although they are both excellent, book one looks more in depth at the very basics, a good example being 'how to boil an egg'. This may seem silly but who would you ask if you honestly didn't know and did not want to look foolish? All in all an excellent buy
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88 of 93 people found the following review helpful
on 17 February 2002
I forget why I bought book two, but I do know I learnt a lot from it. I'd always thought of buying Book 1, but thought I probably knew most of the basics. When Book 3 became available, I thought I'd wait for the price to come down, and then I saw one of the TV episodes and tried one of the recipes copied from Ceefax. No turning back, must have this book! When I saw Amazon's prices I couldn't believe my luck, what the heck, and bought books 1 & 3 at the same time. They came next day, amazing service, and I scanned them. I haven't stopped scanning them since.A wealth of information; for instance, we all know bread tastes better home-made. Book 1 tells you how easy it is, Book 3 tells you to buy a Breadmaker machine. You wouldn't have seen this advice 2 years ago. But it goes on. Anyone can boil an egg, well that's what I thought. Book 1 tells you things you should have known years ago, but didn't. Book 3 tells you how easy it is using modern methods. Delia has certainly done good research. When I tried some of the recipes, they worked first time. When I discovered how "simple things" can make a world of difference, it bought tears to my eyes. I've wasted 25 years doing it the hard way. I've wasted 25 years not getting the best from my ingredients. Don't hesitate: buy and read, don't waste any more time.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on 27 January 2002
In the midst of the Nigels and Nigellas and the Jamies and Garys, it's good to see Delia still up there with the third millennium media cooks. I lost track of her for a while but have always used my grease-sparked edition of the Complete Cookery Course as a no nonsense volume where the recipes are always reliable. After the fuss broke over How To Cook Book 1 when she was teaching us how to cook eggs, it looked like Delia had reinvented herself - a bit like Madonna - well, maybe not quite.
The intriguing thing about Book 3 is that it starts out by looking structured around themes which are quite different from the first two volumes : Books 1 and 2 adopted the traditional approach of chapters relating specifically to food groups, hence chapters on egg, bread, pastry, fish, beef, etc. Then suddenly in Book 3 we start out with almost one third of the book under headings like "equipment for cooks" and "gadgets that work". Fear not, there are great recipes in there under these headings - making the first part of the book perhaps not as immediately browsable as some of her other books when planning a dinner party. But never mind, the approach is interesting - the recipes are still there and we have delightful texts about the cook's hardware as a prelim to those excellent recipes and valuable tips which, yet again, relieve us of the fear of cooking. Soon we are into more familiar territory as we discover food-specific chapter titles including pulses, jams, low cal and puddings. And it's all illustrated with tasteful photos by Miki Duisterhof who worked on Books 1 and 2.
As a longstanding fan, Delia still figures prominently on my cookbookshelf. She may not have Nigel's mouthwatering panache when it comes to writing but it's all very sound, good, reliable - and definitely not boring - stuff. It's a shame she seems to be stopping at Book 3. Surely there's room for a Book 4, Delia, on vegetarian recipes - why limit yourself to just the 30 pages in Book 2? Delia is a cook of our time and will surely come back to offer us more. As a friend of mine put it : Nigella may be a goddess... but Delia is still the queen.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 30 January 2008
I rather tire of hearing how 'boring and uninteresting' Delia Smith is perceived to be. For those who do not, or, indeed, cannot cook here is the finest set of 3 books (this being the last of the trilogy)that offer basic explanation of all cookery terms and ingredients in the simplist form which is easy to understand. The recipes are absolutely accurate - (never ever make the mistake of thinking that you'll leave something on the hob or in the oven for a moment longer than Delia tells you).
For my part I cook well. I use many of the recipes found in this (and the other 2 books)and the compliments I receive belie the simplicity of her perfect instructions.
A must have for all cooks and the perfect gift for anyone just setting up home!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 12 October 2009
When I first started cooking using recipe books many years ago, Delia Smith had just released her How to Cook books, which were fantastic. What I really like about the Delia books is that every recipe is accompanied with a photograph of what the finished dish looks like. This is great as you can find something you like the look of and get cooking.

The instructions are clear, concise and easy to follow and I have never cooked anything yet that does not resemble the photograph. Even though I would now consider myself to be a more advanced cook, I still go back to the Delia books for simple, tasty and mouth watering recipes.

Strong buildings are always built on good foundations and that is exactly what these books provide.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Delia Smith's Book Three is a very good book on cooking with lots of recipes and colourful photos from the sexy cook her self !!! DELIA SMITH RULES ! (cooking!) Volume 1 & 2 recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 January 2011
This series was greeted with a bit of cynicism from some quarters when it first came out but it's certainly proved itself and become a classic since. My wife's an excellent and experienced cook but she didn't have this third volume of the series. Since getting it, she's been delighted by what it covers and knows it will add to her existing skill and range of dishes.
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on 1 April 2003
I'm a huge Delia Fan. She is not a 'fad' chef and she presents good recipes and techniques that give a high changes of succeeding.
I had been bought the previous two books and thought they were great really going back to basics but ending up with some pretty top notch recipes. Well presented and well explained.
However, I think this is one book too many and seems to stretch the concept too far. I particularly feel the the chapters on gadgets is a complete waste of time. I don't want to use the latest must have gadget that look good in the kitchen. And none of the recipes really need the gadgets.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2011
I love the photos in these 'how to cook' books of Delia's (3 in all) - they encourge the inexperienced and the experienced to get into the kitchen. The recipes are great and explanatory for new cooks. They are a welcome gift to the new chef.
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