How to Be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson

How to Be a Domestic Goddess

Nigella Lawson's How to Be a Domestic Goddess is about not only baking, but the enjoyment of being in the kitchen, taking sensuous pleasure in the entire process, and relishing the outcome. Nigella's deliciously reassuring and mouthwatering cookbook demonstrates that it's not terribly difficult to bake a batch of muffins or a layer cake, but the appreciation and satisfaction they bring are disproportionately high. At last, a book that understands...


Details How to Be a Domestic Goddess

TitleHow to Be a Domestic Goddess
ISBN9780786886814
Author
Release DateSep 1st, 2005
PublisherHachette Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreFood and Drink, Cookbooks, Cooking, Food, Nonfiction
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Reviews How to Be a Domestic Goddess

  • Yvette
    2007-07-22
    Oh. My. Gosh. This is the definitive book for me. Nigella is not a "chef"--she is a home cook, just like me, like most of us out there. But she is brilliant--funny, mildly goofy (though not over-the-top the way gals like Rachael Ray can be), and extremely intelligent. Her writing is breathtakingly beautiful--these cookbooks read as deliciously as the recipes they serve up. And as for the title... I've had all sorts of reactions, mostly from women...
  • Samantha
    2008-01-09
    I have cooked out of almost all of Nigella's books (not Nigella Express though) but this is always my favourite and the first one I give as a gift! I bought the book years ago in Scotland because I just loved the title. I made the banana bread and have never looked back since. The recipes are consistently good and sometimes fantastic, her writing is delightful and she makes cooking feel like something you share with her. It's the sort of cookbook...
  • Kristi
    2007-07-04
    Lawson is a real woman. She eats...bad things and good things. She makes cakes for her children that look like a real cake. She invents things, avoids prepackaged foods and best of all she has hips.Her recipes are British which is very obvious, but they are not too weird to try once. Her cakes are delicious. The Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake is our favorite...its been made for gifts..for cravings and for the hell of it. Pair this with some really goo...
  • Rebecca
    2009-10-24
    Five stars for the burnt butter cupcakes. Burning butter is a flammable escapade. The pyro in me is pleased. *gorges gleefully*
  • Arista
    2016-04-02
    I gave How To Be A Domestic Goddess three stars because, while Nigella Lawson is a treasure, I only found about ten recipes I would want to try... In a book with over 350 pages, I felt that was a little bit of a letdown.Admittedly, I am a very fussy person when it comes to my culinary preferences. However, these recipes were just too far out there for my taste.Definitely worth the read as there are some excellent tips and tricks within these page...
  • Dawn
    2010-01-26
    I've actually read this book twice, with a five year gap between. Five years ago, I thought, "Wow, this stuff looks incredible--and there's absolutely no way I'll ever be able to cook like this." This time around, I threw together three recipes before the book was due back at the library. All three turned out fantastic, and they were pretty easy.As you might surmise, I don't recommend this book for those just starting out in the world of cooking....
  • Shahirah
    2011-07-31
    Within the first fifteen minutes of reading this cookbook, my stomach was growling like a bear out of hibernation, and I was salivating like I'd lost control of my jaw. Halfway through the book and I was ready to get arm-deep in pastry. Nigella has a way with words that truly puts her book in the gastroporn genre. She describes food with such eroticism that it evokes an almost carnal hunger within you. Add to that the dreamy, bright photos of the...
  • Jess
    2008-05-28
    It's not that practical. The recipes call for too many hard to find, can't get in west Texas, expensive ingredients. I would have liked a photo of every recipe. The photos in the book are full page and glossy, which is nice if you plan to leave it on your coffee table, but how about a half page photo and get all of them. The food in this book would be nice for a birthday or other special occasion, but do you want to spend $20+ for that? I was luc...
  • Shaylene
    2012-05-21
    As someone who loathes cooking with a passion, this book makes me feel warm and cozy and with a longing to fill the nostrils of my children with beautiful baking aromas that will forever remind them of home...
  • Rebecca
    2009-04-09
    A good baking book with a wide range of recipes, including chapters for children and christmas. The only problem is that the baking times are almost always off - for people other than me too, it's not just my cooker! - so keep an eye on the oven the first time you try out things...
  • Stephanie
    2017-05-25
    I just love Nigella Lawson. I love her descriptions of food and the little stories she gives to introduce the recipes. This is one of those cookbooks that I MUST own.
  • Megan
    2010-05-28
    If any of you know me well, you know that I worship Nigella Lawson. I adore her way of writing and how her cookbooks are also a good book you can fall into as she describes why and how she does all she does. I love her style of writing and her love of food without any apologies. If I could meet one person, it would be her. Her cookbooks are awesome, though I really feel like I would only attempt to make maybe half (or less) of the stuff in it. Wh...
  • Tom Stallard
    2011-01-09
    This is a lovely book. Lawson has such a clear and unpretentious tone to her writing, bringing you into her world within the short space of the recipe descriptions. This book covers a wealth of hearty and heart warming recipes that are fantastic to have at hand if you have family or friends coming over. The recipes are well laid out into common sense sections (something that other Lawson books have not achieved as well). One thing I particularly ...
  • Libby
    2009-05-25
    Mmmmm NIgella you are almost as scrumptious as your recipes! A delicious, sensual celebration of food without worrying about skimping on the fat or sugar or other such delicious naughtiness. Comfort cooking is one of my mamma specialities and nothing makes me feel more like a goddess than seeing the smiling chocolate crumb covered faces of my family around my dining room table.
  • Katrina
    2009-02-28
    I checked this book out from the library, and I may be checking it out again and again. The recipes look fabulous (I must try more of them...), but I had a good time just looking at the mouthwatering pictures and reading Nigella's directions. I like how this is not a snobbish, fussy baking book. It leaves room for error and experimentation.
  • Karen
    2015-09-09
    This is the book that started my girl-crush on Nigella Lawson. Nigella may have made her name as a telegenic / sexy TV chef, but her background as a writer shines through in her erudite writing. Her intros and asides add an extra level of interest to a collection of very delicious-looking (and delicious-eating) recipes.
  • Isadora Torres
    2016-10-02
    this is not a cookbook, it's more like an invitation to your own kitchen.as a food lover, it became sort of a bible when I need inspiration.nigella loves food and she wants you to love too.amazing.
  • Claire
    2007-07-17
    My favorite and most-used cookbook. Her chocolate loaf is amazing. And I like that it focuses on all kinds of baking - sweet and savory. Plus she uses words like "squidgy".
  • Naida
    2008-08-13
    A Wonderful cookbook. Not too fussy, not too complicated. I have not found a bad recipe in the lot. I usually make something from this when I need tasty food that will impress
  • Liz
    2008-12-18
    Maybe I am being bias.. but her recipe for snickerdoodles in here is terrible. I have to pass on the rest of the recipes since she couldn't come up with a good recipe for my favorite simple cookie.
  • LaryssaQ
    2017-06-04
    This is one of my favourite cookbooks of all time.Nigella writes all of her cookbooks with such love and articulates her passion for each recipe in its description. I love the fact that she always gives tips with each recipe to ensure success in every attempt!
  • Basu.arundhati
    2018-02-12
    My comfort baking guide because every darned recipe turns out perfect.
  • ياسمينة (Yas)
    2017-03-14
    I didn't read the book. This is just to point out that ugly/ male chauvinist/oppressive title. "Domestic goddess?" Those words should have been removed years ago from our vocabulary.
  • Cindy
    2009-03-07
    First of all, I have to say this - this woman is nuts! She may be a great cook and a very nice person, I don't know, but honestly, she is nuts. This book, in case you couldn't tell right away, is about baking. She sets it up in several categories: cakes, cookies, bread, pies, Christmas, etc. The pictures are wonderful. But the writing? Wow. It's hard to tell you just how bad it is. So here's an example."Coconut Macaroons. These are a very English...
  • Dayna
    2010-10-27
    I love watching Nigella Lawson's cooking show(s). I like her personality and the way she talks about what she's making. I like her word choices and the cadence of her speech. And her passion for good food (whether it's actually good for you or not) is contagious. I always end up smiling as I watch her. That said, I don't think her personality and speech translate well in print. While reading How to Be a Domestic Goddess I took the time to thumb t...
  • Susan
    2017-02-28
    Love this book. Anyone can bake. This book makes me want to bake and be proud of my efforts. Brilliant book to begin baking with.
  • Autumn
    2017-02-15
    This book is just a run of the mill cookbook. It's title had me expecting so much more. What a disappointment.
  • Ashley
    2010-02-19
    I've had this cookbook for a long time, but recently reccommended it for my bookclub, and it was really fun to discuss. I love the writing: that sometimes in the kitchen "we don't want to feel like a postmodern, postfeminist, overstretched woman but, rather, a domestic goddess, trailing nutmeggy fumes of baking pie in our langorous wake." Or that our first pie is like a first kiss and suffuses us "with heady satisfaction." Or that a woman who bak...
  • Rachel Wagner
    2012-09-27
    I must add the caveat that I haven't actually made any of the recipes but the cookbook is divine. I love the philosophy of doing things not out of sheer necessity but because they make you feel like a goddess! The photos are mesmerizing and maybe its just because I'm on a diet but every recipe looked soooo good! Next cheat day I'm totally making one of these recipes but which one? hmmm. I loved reading her thoughts on food. An example of such cha...