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This book is one of my oldest cookbooks and is well worn and stained. I bought my sister a copy when she got her own place and she's known as auntie delia in our house (and no doubt many more).
How could I not write a positive review I wondered? For me, choosing a cookbook needs to involve looking through it first, do I like the recipies, do they look easy to follow, is it a picture book and a cookbook?
Delia doesn't really meet all the usual things I look for. There are a good collection of recipes broken down by type of food (e.g. meat, eggs etc). That said, many of the recipes are now slightly dated and make no reference to the wealth of ingredients that are available today and my edition is a bit lacking In pictures. But still I find myself referring back to the book.
There are some mainstays that this book is very reliable for and I know that if I follow the recipes, I will get perfect results. Firstly is roasting any type of meat with excellent timing instructions which are easy to scale up and down for the types of meat. Secondly are some mainstays for particular dishes such as pastry, quiche filling, crumble and meringues.
Now as said before auntie Delia is getting a bit old and is not a first choice book anymore when planning a nice meal. However a wee visit sometimes can through up some gems which have become family favourites like the BBQ chicken drumsticks.
Overal I would say this is a great, if slightly dated book. It makes an excellent reference for basics and does contain some hidden gems.