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How to Be a Domestic Goddess - Nigella Lawson
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How to Be a Domestic Goddess - Nigella Lawson
Date: 06/03/11, updated on 06/03/11 (20 review reads)
Advantages: Good recipes
Disadvantages: Lack of pictures, isnt really "domestic goddess" more "kitchen"
I'm the first person to admit, that I'm not a fan of Nigella Lawson. Whenever I see her on TV there's something about her that infuriates me. It's the way she makes cooking look so slutty. She can't go an episode without lowering her cleavage onto a steaming pan or sucking her finger like it's her husband's birthday and making ridiculously fake sounds to accompany. The Hollywood porn industry must be DESPERATE to get Nigella on their books, she fakes it like the best of them. How a woman can get so excited about a tin of Berlotti beans is beyond me - each to their own I suppose.
Added to this, it doesn't appear that she's actually capable of cooking. She's constantly citing other chefs as the source of a recipe, even when she does cook her own food, it rarely sounds appetising. I lost even more respect for the woman when she did that god-awful programme about cooking with tinned foods. It was like soft porn, a good 40% of that show was her bending over in the pantry picking up a tin of potatoes that she'd go on to throw into a pan before swooshing her hair back and then chopping up some parsley.
I received this book as an ironic gift, men who bake and all that nonsense. I didn't heed the book much attention until one day when I was waiting for something to cook and decided I'd have a flick..... thankfully the book was a lot less slutty than Nigella on TV.
She's divided this book up into sections, each one a bit of domestic bliss; cakes, biscuits, puddings, pies, chocolate, children, Christmas, bread. Just be thankful that she's not included a DVD of the bread kneading!
On the whole, the recipes are good. They're not too complicated or showey. Just the kind of things you might actually wish to make at some stage. By this point you've probably noticed that the majority of the sections are sweet and baking related. This is very much the core of the book. There isn't too much savoury food in there.
My favourite recipe is the 'Torta Alla Gianduia' , it's a wonderful creation with nutella that works surprisingly well. I'm yet to have a bad recipe from this book. Some of them take a bit of .... faith shall we say. At times things look a bit messy like they wont work, but persevere and all becomes good and well. I think the recipes have definately been tested extensively compared to most of these mass produced celeb books.
Strangely enough, the book isn't adorned with many pictures. There's on average, about 1 photo for every 4 recipes. A little lacking compared to other cookery books, then again, I'm sure dear Nigella can only pull so many excited faces in one day. I find it a little difficult with this kind of book if theres no pictures. I tend to cook the things WITH pictures. Clearly we all know what a victoria sandwich should look like, but when its a recipe for one of her own creatons, it can be a bit of a leap of faith to make it and guesstimate what the result should be .
On the whole I think it's a pretty good guide to baking the homely treats we all love, there are better BAKING books out there, but this feels a little different, I actually surprised myself liking her writing style, shes a remakably educated lady despite the sex noises. I don't feel it's really a book about being a "domestic goddess" though, if they even exist. From the title I thought it was going to be half cookbook, half cleaning manual, half karma sutra. Maybe a little too much to expect from her. . . A section on dinner-party food would have been nice however, or just general entertaining.
Love her or loathe her, Nigella's here to stay just like her marmite spaghetti is. This books actually rather okay, perfect for any aspiring kitchen goddess. The food is simple enough and the sorts of things people love to eat. Certainly it's a lot easier to follow the recipes in print than it is on the telly!
Summary: Worth a try!
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