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Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights: Recipes for Every Season, Mood, and Appetite Hardcover – Illustrated, March 2, 2010
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From the Back Cover
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.
About the Author
Sophie Dahl began her career as a model, but cooking has always been her first love. She was contributing editor for Men's Vogue for three years and now works for, among others, both the U.K. and U.S. editions of Vogue, the Guardian, Waitrose Food Illustrated, and The Times. After an eight-year sojourn in New York, Sophie now lives in London.
- Item Weight : 2 pounds
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780061450990
- ISBN-13 : 978-0061450990
- Dimensions : 6.75 x 0.94 x 9.38 inches
- Publisher : William Morrow Cookbooks; Illustrated edition (March 2, 2010)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 0061450995
- Best Sellers Rank: #299,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The theme of this book is that it's cheaper, healthier, and more satisfying to cook for yourself and loved ones--cooking can be fun and creative. After my first reading--and before cooking anything--I felt as though I had spent a lovely afternoon with my best girlfriend. And I'm pleased to say that that warmth and joy comes through in the recipes. Each one that I've made has been totally perfect. I hope we have more like this from Sophie Dahl!
However, some of her recipes are TOO simple. I mean, do we really need a recipe for a berry smoothie or flapjacks??? Additionally, I am very much a visual learner when it comes to cooking so I need pictures of every dish there is a recipe for. What I don't need is a close up shot of cut tofu or pieces of chocolate. It seems like her simplest recipes actually showed you what it looked like but the more complicated ones that needed some visual aid usually had no photo or one of one ingredient in the recipe. But I will say that when the dishes are shown, they are very gorgeous and in color! I also got the hardback and it is definitely hard to keep open when you're trying to cook from it even though the pages are nice and thick. Lastly, while I appreciated the personal touch in the recipe directions, sometimes it comes off as a bit pretentious and generally, the recipes are tailored to suit Ms. Dahl's personal tastes that is sometimes weirdly specific. And she assumes you know a bit about cooking and will tell you to "sweat the garlic" without explaining what that entails.
Overall, I can see the appeal Ms. Dahl has (especially for readers who want a lot of delightful personal stories to go with the recipes) but I personally want to be a bit more adventurousness and variety in my cooking (I still shake my head in disbelief that an uninventive smoothie recipe you see was included in the book). HOWEVER if you are a person who has little time and wants to eat healthy beyond just having salads, this is the perfect book for you. I read it twice before I realized most of the recipes were vegan or vegetarian! The book is still nice to have even if it doesn't suit my needs and I am very fond of my copy but I would suggest you buy yours for cheap used like I did rather than splurge on a new book for $25 if you are not 100% sure you will like this book after reading my review.
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But the main reason I have given this book five stars is because of where it happens to fit into my life, this isn't what I would call a family cookbook, but then there are plenty of those around. I do have a family and quite often I'm home all day throughout the week with my toddler. Sometimes on these days I want to cook myself something simple but a little more special than the endless toast and cereal combo. This is where I will quite often reach for this book and make myself something like one of the pasta dishes, a breakfast burrito or one of the omelettes etc. No it's not dinner party stuff but it is tasty and quick to make.
I will add however that the banana bread is almost worth the cost of this book alone.