Complete Illustrated Cookery Course ( Classic Edition ) Hardcover – 12 Oct 1989
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THE modern classic cookery course indispensable to every kitchen, magnificently illustrated and completely revised and updated.
About the Author
Delia Smith is Britain's bestselling cookery writer, whose books have sold over 21 million copies worldwide. Delia's first job as a cookery writer was for the Daily Mirror in 1969 - numerous phenomenal best sellers and television series followed including Delia Smith's Complete Cookery Course in 1978 and Delia's Christmas, Summer & Winter Collections in the 1990s. Towards the end of the decade Delia commenced work on a new major project - Delia's How to Cook, publishing three separate volumes and the accompanying TV series. The Vegetarian Collection and The Delia Collection followed. After a five year break concentrating on Norwich City Football Club (where she is a director) and Canary Catering, Delia returned triumphant in 2008 with a new BBC TV series and the fastest selling cookery book of all time 'Delia's How to Cheat at Cooking' - which has sold over 800,000 copies. Delia is married to the writer and editor, Michael Wynn Jones. They live in Suffolk.
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I have never, ever failed with a recipe from this book, they are all so practical and clear. Delia Smith takes nothing for granted and explains each step simply. The dishes themselves are very tasty and look very nice. Everyone will be familiar with them as well, from the potato and leek soup to the Apple Crumble. One final thing: her souffles don't collapse! Buy it!!
The writing style is simple, easy, witty and the information is very, very useful.
However, I find the recipes very dated, like something that was fashionable in the 70's and 80's. I don't mean to say that cooking necesserily needs to be fashionable, but there is too much emphasis on very traditional, meaty, stogy dishes, very English-like, although - the recipes work. I am more geared to healthy, lighter eating, and I find the book a bit too heavy heanded with its recipes, but that's only me.
But I am sure, had the book been written more recently, it would have been much fresher (as they are some great recipes on Delia's website).
Perhaps the dishes are kept more traditional and old-fashioned as they may be easier to make for the beginner then some modern recipes, which perhaps use some less known ingredients. But this is the metter of taste and choice.
So I would say, this book is the best book for the cooking instructions and methods, but for the recipes, I would say it is so-so, at least for me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have you tried cooking food? You really should. Cooking food makes it more palatable and it aids the body in obtaining nutrients from the food. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Just a man.
The mother of cooking, everyone needs this book as it takes traditional food and tells you how to cook them properly.Published 13 days ago by MakSteel
Good old Delia. I have had this book for many many years (worn out two copies already) but always go back to a couple of dozen favourite staples. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Lizzy
This is an excellent book with some great recipes. I would highly recommend.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I'm a big fan of Delia's books, this is an exceptional book!Published 3 months ago by Miss S M Sherwood
This was recommended to me by a friend and I've tried several recipes already, which is unusual for me because I usually read the recipe, decide I haven't got half the ingredients,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by hungrybookworm
we are very pleased with this product and would recommend to othersPublished 4 months ago by Michael F.