"You know, I'm not a cook-to-impress kind of girl," Lawson says midway through the book, but she must admit there are few things more rewarding than putting a warm homemade pie or fragrant cake on the table--especially after preparing a home-cooked meal. How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking makes just such a reward possible, in fact positively enticing, with its delicious selection of easy-to-make cakes, pies, cookies, breads, even jams, presented in Lawson's chatty, pleasantly glib manner. Turns out, you don't have be a Pierre Hermé to make to-die-for chocolate confections; nor do you have to spend hours "faffing around" with hot pans and jars to have jam at teatime. You just need to try baking once, then again, and next thing you know, you'll be turning out cookies and desserts every chance you get. Many of the recipes are hand-me-downs or adaptations from other sources, be it a favorite cookbook or a restaurant in some far-off region, but all are imbued with Lawson's wit and distinctive touch. Profiteroles, My Way are "monumentally impressively better" than the original, thanks to burnt-sugar custard and toffee sauce. Her Coffee and Walnut Splodge Cookies are "American-style cookies; in other words just dropped onto the baking sheet free-form," and so on.
A sophisticated female alter ego of British mop-top Jamie Oliver, and considerably more sly and comedic than most American gourmets, Nigella is sure to convince more than a few up-and-coming hostesses that baking is indeed women's work. --Rebecca Wright --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
A lot of recipes, poor index in back... not surehwp to rate it have not used it too much. I liked the name!Published 4 months ago by Suekiyaki
I bought 2 of these books for my daughter's baby shower. This book was a big hit with the mothers !!Published 8 months ago by Joy Windels
I was hoping for some new ideas from this book, but I think it would be a great one to send off with my kids when they leave home.Published 10 months ago by Sue Robinson
I'm frustrated with this book. After being introduced to the original British publication by friends in England who swear by it, I asked for this American version for Christmas and... Read morePublished 11 months ago by MissMary
Nigella Lawson is so much fun to read as well as follow her favorite recipes. Lovely book, with beautiful photography. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ginny Mapes
This was a Christmas gift. Appreciated by the recipient. Cannot rate the book itself other than the recipient's favorable response.Published 13 months ago by bradfordsk