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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 our anxieties, feeds our fantasies, and puts cakes, pies, pastries, breads, and biscuits back into our own kitchens


10 thoughts on “How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking

  1. Yvette Yvette says:

    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, which astound me I find that some kinds of wome 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, which astound me I find that some kinds of women are even offended by the concept of a domestic goddess although Nigella herself clarifies that this isn t some kind of Stepford wife fantasy world, but a real world concept, of woman as provider and nurturer or at least, the image of a woman as provider and nurturer baking simple things and climbing as gracefully as possible onto that pedestal where we all love to be, that place where we are worshipped as the goddesses we are


  2. Samantha Samantha says:

    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 you cook from, read in bed and refer to constantl 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 you cook from, read in bed and refer to constantly I do use the word cookbook loosely though as this book is mostly about baking Her other books areof a mix She has a useful website as well, www.nigella.com, and you can e mail,with questions or concerns which is a nice resource They also have a section that details any errors in past editions and how to correct them


  3. Kristi Kristi says:

    Lawson is a real woman She eatsbad 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 favoriteits been made for gifts..for cravings and for the hell of it Pair this with some really good raspberry jam and its is divine.I especially enj Lawson is a real woman She eatsbad 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 favoriteits been made for gifts..for cravings and for the hell of it Pair this with some really good raspberry jam and its is divine.I especially enjoy her wit, humor and realism Rachel Ray fans may be disappointed that she doesn t smile the whole time But she makes cooking and eating sexyand a part of real life.ps the title is ironic


  4. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    Five stars for the burnt butter cupcakes Burning butter is a flammable escapade The pyro in me is pleased gorges gleefully


  5. Dawn Dawn says:

    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 It s not that the recipes are particularly hard 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 It s not that the recipes are particularly hard It s just that a beginner might be overwhelmed by some of the vocabulary, and that many of Nigella s recipes lack a strict structure She intends them to be frameworks for you to explore, not tech orders that deliver the same result every time That said, this has some amazing stuff in it, and I m looking forward to tryingrecipes from her chocolate section


  6. Shahirah Shahirah says:

    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 food the picture of Lily s Scone is my favourit 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 food the picture of Lily s Scone is my favourite and you get a really rich, beautiful book that s worth having in your kitchen What I like best about this book is that Nigella writes so engagingly and encouragingly that the once daunting thought of making a pastry crust doesn t leave me whimpering in a corner Now if I could only get off my butt and get to the kitchen


  7. Cindy Cindy says:

    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 kind of macaroon, the sort you always used to see 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 kind of macaroon, the sort you always used to see displayed in bakers shops alongside the madeleines those sponge castles dipped in luminous strawberry jam and dredged in throat catching grated coconut, and so very different from those that inflamed the memory of Marcel Proust The difference with coconut macaroons is that you need neither to be ironic or self consciously retro cool to enjoy them What I have SO many problems with this paragraph First of all, I am reading a cookbook I do not need references to Marcel Proust Second, don t just assume I am English I m not I have no idea what you are talking about Third, I have never in my life worried about being ironic when I ate a cookie My daughter wondered if perhaps she referred to the IRON CONTENT of the cookie But no And finally, I don t have any idea what self consciously retro cool means So the writing is bad Horrible But if the recipes were good, you could just skip the writing and get straight to the recipes Well, the recipes aren t bad exactly, but every recipe assumes that you already know what she s talking about She doesn t explain things for a beginner.Then there are some rather weird recipes I don t plan on ever making persimmon or passionfruit curd And I definitely will not touch a gin and tonic gelatin mold Several of the recipes, most, in fact, call for ingredients that I would have a hard time tracking down Like rosewater and some specialty jams She also uses special equipment, but doesn t give you a picture of it or really describe well how to use it I know most English cooks know what a pudding basin is I don t And then I am never, ever going to make lavender milk You know, get a bowl of milk, put 5 6 lavender sprigs in it, boil, then strain Yeah She skipped an important step there make sure the lavender in question is pesticide free and has been washed thoroughly But really, where am I going to find lavender sprigs This was without question the most self important, preciously droll cookbook I have ever read Wait, is that too close to self consciously retro cool Maybe I should have said vain and complacent Either way, I would not recommend reading it at all I ve never seen the author s show or read any of her other cookbooks, but after reading this, I heard from a relative that she is just the same on her show Maybe that appeals to someone Maybe it s meant to be funny and I just don t get it But it was just awful


  8. Megan Megan says:

    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 While I say that, every time I look through them wh 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 While I say that, every time I look through them which is often I find something else I want to try to make that I overlooked the time before.If you try this particular cookbook, try the pizza with your own toppings in the bread section I can t remember what it s officially called, but my pizza loving family deemed it better than restaurant pizza


  9. Jess Jess says:

    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 lucky I borrowed it from a friend.


  10. Katrina Katrina says:

    I checked this book out from the library, and I may be checking it out again and again The recipes look fabulous I must tryof 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.