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'What a joy' Jamie Oliver 'A treasure trove of delightful anecdotes and rather naughty desserts' Nigel Slater 'Original and beautifully written cookery book...revealing a compassionate common sense about food that celebrates both the joy of eating and of life!' The Times 'Beautifully shot and well written...a thoughtful book by an enthusiastic food fan' Observer Food Monthly 'utterly delicious...it's the little touches that make this cookbook stand out' Heat magazine 'combines a love of food with a love of life...a perfect celebration of how we are what we eat' Red 'You'll find Miss Dahl and her stories an unbridled delight' **** London Lite 'Sophie proves that healthy meals can still be deliciously indulgent' Hello magazine 'Simple food, heartfelt reminisces and a good read rolled into one' Harper's Bazaar 'Sophie has a love for indulgent food and a real talent for storytelling.' Woman's Own

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Food is meant to be enjoyed, and Sophie Dahl would have it no other way. Growing up in a family of true food lovers, she began cooking at a young age and never looked back. Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights presents nearly one hundred of her tried-and-true recipes, organized around the four seasons and using the freshest ingredients available. Accented with her stories about how she came to know these foods and why she loves them, Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights provides a complete picture of what a meal should provide. From lemon-scented summer stews, to crisply burnished pies, to salads and soups for breezy lunches, to decadent desserts, Sophie Dahl cooks food that is indulgent, delicious, and wholesome.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007281315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007281312
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.9 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,996,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Kristine Lofgren VINE VOICE on May 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I received this book two weeks ago and it has already become a permanent fixture in my cooking repertoire. First, this is not a how-to diet book, this is first and foremost a cooking book. That it is filled with Ms. Dahl's own story about food and weight is simply a bonus, a beautifully written ribbon that laces through the story and ties it all together.

This book is broken down into four sections - Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer, further divided into Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, and each section starts with a few pages of Ms. Dahl's lovely stories, starting as a youth in the US and UK, cooking with her mom and grandmother, along through her days modeling, and learning to find balance and harmony in her diet, up until present day. Peppered throughout are Ms. Dahl's sweet line drawings.

The first thing I noticed about this book is the quality. From the heavy paper, to the impeccable photographs, from the seemingly perfumed smell of the book to the careful attention to detail throughout, this book screams quality and care. I normally abuse my cookbooks and after a while they are covered in tomato splatters, greasy fingerprints and folded pages, but this book begs to be treasured. Despite having worked my way through half of the recipes, it remains pristine.

The recipes themselves are wonderful. Looking over my notes from cooking, one word pops up over and over: simple. Ms. Dahl's recipes are simple to cook and wide open to improvisation, should you be lacking in some of the ingredients. Each recipe builds off of the premise of quality ingredients and simple preparation and the reward is a delicious dish that needs no heavy spicing or fat to improve the flavor.

The rhubarb yogurt is mouthwatering: tangy, sour and sweet with a nutty crunch in each bite.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Alla S. VINE VOICE on March 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
In "Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights," Sophie, the granddaughter of famous children's author Roald Dahl, shares her recipes and stories from her life. The recipes are divided into four seasons: fall, winter, spring, and summer. The recipes are further divided by breakfast, lunch, and supper. There is also a separate section for desserts.

The book is very colorful, and the recipes tend to put creative spins on well-known food like scrambled eggs, tofu, salads, rice, and soups while also introducing more unique recipes like barbecued salmon on cedar plank, buttermilk chicken with sweet mashed potatoes, fish cakes, homemade muesli with strawberry yogurt, buckwheat risotto with wild mushrooms, omelet with caramelized red onion, or lemon and ricotta spelt pancakes, along with others.

I enjoyed Miss Dahl's stories about her childhood and adolescence, her life in New York, modeling (her employers wanted to turn her into a plus size model), various travels, and the subsequent eating habits which changed the way she looks at food. Each of the four sections starts off with her stories, which makes the cookbook part memoir. This structure however didn't take away from the actual recipes, which are plentiful. Miss Dahl comes across as down-to-earth which makes her a likeable personality.

At the end of the book, following the desserts section is an index structured by ingredients which makes it easier to locate recipes containing certain foods like chicken, eggs, mushrooms, peppers, spinach, or onions--among those listed. Overall I thought this cookbook was pretty well done, with recipes ranging from basic to advanced.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Kristine Lofgren VINE VOICE on March 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I received this book nearly a year ago and it has become a permanent fixture in my cooking repertoire. Not a week goes by that I don't find myself turning to this book for a quick and simple recipe. First, this is not a how-to diet book, this is first and foremost a cooking book. That it is filled with Ms. Dahl's own story about food and weight is simply a bonus, a beautifully written ribbon that laces through the story and ties it all together.

This book is broken down into four sections - Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer, further divided into Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, and each section starts with a few pages of Ms. Dahl's lovely stories, starting as a youth in the US and UK, cooking with her mom and grandmother, along through her days modeling, and learning to find balance and harmony in her diet, up until present day. Peppered throughout are Ms. Dahl's sweet line drawings.

The first thing I noticed about this book is the quality. From the heavy paper, to the impeccable photographs, from the seemingly perfumed smell of the book to the careful attention to detail throughout, this book screams quality and care. I normally abuse my cookbooks and after a while they are covered in tomato splatters, greasy fingerprints and folded pages, but this book begs to be treasured. Despite having worked my way through all of the recipes, it remains pristine.

The recipes themselves are wonderful. Looking over my notes from cooking, one word pops up over and over: simple. Ms. Dahl's recipes are simple to cook and wide open to improvisation, should you be lacking in some of the ingredients. Each recipe builds off of the premise of quality ingredients and simple preparation and the reward is a delicious dish that needs no heavy spicing or fat to improve the flavor.
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