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Delia's Summer Collection: 140 Recipes for Summer Paperback – 8 May 2003

4.7 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; New Ed edition (8 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563488700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563488705
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 1.4 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Summer is a special time for cooks, a dazzling time when fresh ingredients present themselves in rapid succession, some of them so briefly that we need to snap them up to enjoy them at their best," Delia Smith writes in the introduction to her now classic Summer Collection. No-one can deny that we live in a privileged age when we can shop all round the world for anything at any time of the year, but that should never eclipse the joy of being able to eat something grown close to home when it's at its peak.

Asparagus, runner beans, baby carrots and strawberries all make an appearance in this book, all enhanced by Delia with tastes from California, Italy, Greece and the East. The cooking techniques range from grilling and roasting vegetables to making homemade ice cream. Recipes include Salmon Steaks with Avocado and Crème Fraîche to Sautéed Asparagus with Eggs and Parmesan. Desserts, breads and baking tips complete the collection. --Amanda James --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"Delia is a modern-day Mrs Beeton, which I mean as a big compliment. You'll find her books in most households and they'll be the most used and trusted in the collection." (Theo Randall Delicious Magazine)

"Delia's writing is to be reckoned with. Her approach helps you get it right every time. Long live Delia!" (Gizzi Erskine. Delicious Magazine)

"Considered by many to be Britain's answer to Martha Stewart, Smith, with her down-to-earth style, is as refreshing as the food presented here" (Booklist)

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Format: Hardcover
After hunting around for nearly two years, I managed to find a copy of Delia's Summer Collection - in the end, I finished up ordering two copies (one for a friend who had also been on the look-out for the book). I can honestly say that it's one of the best cookery books I have ever owned - especially the section on vegetables. I have tried so many of her recipes and haven't had a failure yet. Carry on cooking, Delia!
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Format: Paperback
I've just gone back through this cookbook as what put me off to start with is the lack of pictures for every dish, however in recent weeks I've made several of the recipes - the roasted goats cheese vegetable couscous is a real hit and the leg of lamb wih rosemary is a stunning summer dish. This is a great cookbook for summer - and fairly health conscious too - I hadn't realised Delia is a weight watcher!
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Format: Paperback
I have several Delia books including this one. I find all her recipes to be extremely well described and they always come out right, unlike numerous celebrity chefs I could mention. I accept that she comes over a bit schoolmarmish but this lends gravitas to her writing. I don't think Delia can be beaten. This book in particular has lovely summery recipes, using easily obtainable, british ingredients and each recipe is a pleasure to recreate.
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Format: Hardcover
Great recipes and illustrations. The book is indeed "summery" and fun, reminding me of childhood summers in England. My only complaint is the cumbersome instructions, presented in a such a "pleasing" fashion and very understated, in a truly English way. I will love Delia even more when she starts to use bullet points--I need to be able to find my place quickly when something is boiling over!
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Format: Hardcover
When I look through Delia Smiths Summer Collection I think of all the places I want to go but haven't been. I love food especially good food and this book made my taste buds run riot in my mouth. Not only is it easy to follow but there are plenty of recipes that you can adapt to suit your own tastes. A lot of my friends complain saying that the recipes that Delia creates are based around meat and are generally not in keeping with what most people would consider eating. With this cook book I found that not to be true, the Vegetarian Summer get's my vote anyday for sheer creativity and breaking with the normal vegetarian ethos. I would say the only down side is that there aren't enough pictures of the finished product. I always like to compare the finished product to what I have cook. It's always nice to look at something before you cook it, to get an idea of what it should look like. There were also a few ingredients that are nigh on impossible to find in everyday supermarkets. Everything aside I would make this the one cookbook everyone should buy for their kitchen!
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Format: Hardcover
we thought this book was an easy to use guide to cooking. Nice photo's of the final results which is a great help to the finished product. Lovely ingrediants which are easy to find in the supermarkets, and not too expensive. A reader from essex.
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Format: Paperback
I was having a dinner party and wanted some inspiration of something tasty but reasonably easy to prepare, so looking through a friends delia smith book I came across the baked lamb recipe and this seemed to fit the evening well. It was a great success and extremely tasty. I have since gone on to make several of the dishes Delia has, all have proved to be as delicious as the first. This book I fully recommend and I will certainly be looking to purchase more of her books
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Format: Paperback
This is a fun cook book with lots of unusual and delicious ideas. Coconut and lime cake for example. Beautifully illustrated, Delia has done it again: created a temptation for every cook to get into that kitchen.
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