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1.0 out of 5 stars A naked emperor of a cookbook., 1 Feb. 2002
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This review is from: How To Be A Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking (Hardcover)
I suppose I should have realised that the elegant Ms Lawson is having an elaborate joke at our expense when I reached the part where she not only recommends using old potato water for making bread, but claims to keep litres of the stuff in her deep freeze. However, I was sufficiently taken in to try some of the recipes and discovered that, despite all the pretentious twaddle about unsalted butter, expensive Italian designer flour and obscure liqueurs (which I suspect she invented), they don't work. I mean, how can a recipe for CHOCOLATE CRISPIE CAKES not work? No wonder there aren't many photos!
Ms Lawson takes pains to acknowledge that she was not taught to cook at her mother's knee, and it shows.
I could probably forgive this if the writing was good, but the overwritten "adverb-adverb-adjective" leitmotif quickly becomes irritating.
...I expect something both inspired and accurate. This is neither. Excellent, inexpensive, no-nonsense books on baking are readily available and this one deserves a place in the remaindered box, not on the bookshelf of the serious cook, or even of the connoisseur of cookery books.
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Initial post: 25 Oct 2008 23:05:16 BDT
This is absolubtely true she is a teaspoonfull of talent backed by a lorry load of marketing! I bought my book from the church jumble sale 20p!Now back there to raise another 20p! She should carry a Goverment health warning !She probably didnt cook the staff would have done it for the family in any event.

Posted on 26 Aug 2010 20:59:42 BDT
Totally agree with you. Nothing works in this book and the ingredient quantities are completely wrong every time. I cannot understand all the positive reviews - have all the Nigella fans actually managed to bake something out of this world using Domestic Goddess? I doubt it. I WANT to like this book because I love the pictures and I WANT to be a domestic goddess, but following Nigella's instructions I fail every time.

Posted on 16 Jun 2011 18:42:41 BDT
V. S. C says:
Yes, they DO work. I own a lot of cookbooks and this one is by far my favorite. I have tried the Lemon-syrup loaf cake, Flora's famous zucchini cake (a great success), the Irish blue crackers, Lily's scones (first time I used cream of tartar), the Lime pie (that a friend keeps asking me to do it again), the Molten chocolate babycakes and the American breakfast pancakes. And YES, they are THAT good.
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