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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....
...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...
Published on 22 Jan 2004 by Ms H. C. Cook

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3.0 out of 5 stars A word of warning
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...
Published on 25 Jan 2009 by Peter Gosling


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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 3 Oct 2014
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One page was missing and filled with crumbs but still lots of food recipes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes me feel like a domestic goddess, 27 Sep 2005
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This book inspires you to start cooking and baking and makes you feel that anything is possible. I have actually started quite a bit of baking. My husband says I've become like a domestic goddess. High praise. The recipes are excellent. Everything I've made from the book so far has turned out well. I made the chocolate storecupboard cake one day when I returned after work. It was just as easy as she said and so tasty. I enjoy reading the book even when I don't feel like cooking.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must for anyone who likes baking cakes, 15 Sep 2014
Great cake recipes. A must for anyone who likes baking cakes
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More like Domestic Failure..., 1 Aug 2008
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Nigella Lawson goes out of her way to convince the reader that it is oh-so-easy to bake mouthwatering cakes and achieve a wonderful sense of satisfaction as a homey domestic goddess...unfortunately, after trying 70% of the recipes in her book and following them exactly, the only thing I feel like is a frustrated domestic failure. I don't know why everyone else raves about this book so much, but I suspect it might be just because it looks good on the shelf, and there's no doubt about it, the photos really do look wonderful. But I'm not convinced that all the positive reviewers have tried many of the recipes, and if they have I would love someone to let me know how I could modify them so that I too can feel like a domestic goddess?

I have tried the chocolate cake - made it for a special occasion and it was a disaster, the entire centre sinking from 5cm to a mere 1cm; the sour-cream chocolate cake was actually unpleasant; the almond cake with fruit was burnt to a crisp by the time I took it out the oven 30 minutes later than the cooking time specified; the polenta base for a fruit tart which was supposed to feed 6 came out so small that it barely fed me and my partner and I was left with a tin of cherries that would not fit on the base; the peanut butter biscuits which were said to be heavenly were ordinary and I got bored of having to eat them after 2 days; the banana muffins didn't rise at all; the lemon cake had to sit in the oven 35 minutes extra before it cooked inside while the outside was hard and brittle. All these failures convince me that most of the recipes have not been tested prior to being published. I use the Leith's baking bible regularly and everything always turns out fine, just as it should - nothing burns or needs to be baked for an extra half an hour or sinks after being taken out the oven.

Two stars only because of the lemon and rspberry muffins which were rather nice (although of course also flat and did not rise at all...and yes, I have checked the validity of my baking powder!) Overall, a book with wonderful potential and beautiful photos - if only someone tried the recipes and modified them so that they actually work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 Aug 2014
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Excellent - working my way through the recipes!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 28 Nov 2014
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A lovely book. Put on weight reading it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 1 Nov 2014
quick delivery and all good as expected
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24 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not accurate enough for a baking cookbook, 4 Jan 2004
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I am not impressed with this book. I've tried a couple of muffin recipes and found I had to add a lot more liquid to absorb the dry ingredients. The result turned out fine but the ingredient quantities were clearly wrong. This does not give me much confidence in this book when something as simple as muffins don't work and as Nigella says herself that baking is a science where ingredient quantities must be strictly followed in order to get good results!
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8 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent set of very yummy recipes, 14 Feb 2002
I got this book for Christmas and have tried out a number of recipes. My partner thinks that the chocolate loaf is the most wonderful thing he has ever tasted and we both really loved the banana loaf too. The only thing that hasn't worked for me so far is the flapjack but then, I'm never very successful with flapjack.
My only criticism is that I can't get hold of the Maple Extract used in the Maple-Pecan cookies p.59...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 24 Oct 2014
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an interesting read.
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