How to Be a Domestic Goddess is not only about baking, but also about enjoying being in the kitchen; about taking sensuous pleasure in the entire process and relishing the outcome. The “domestic goddess” has to maintain her (or his) cool when faced with pastry of course; but with Nigella’s guidance, even puff pastry can be pain-free.
To quote Nigella, “So what I’m talking about is not being a domestic goddess exactly, but feeling like one. One of the reasons making cakes is satisfying is that the effort required is so much less than the gratitude conferred. Everyone seems to think it’s hard to make a cake (and no need to disillusion them), but it doesn’t take more than 25 minutes to make and bake a tray of muffins or a sponge layer cake, and the returns are high: you feel disproportionately good about yourself afterwards. This is what baking, what all of this book is about: feeling good, wafting along in the warm, sweet-smelling air, unwinding, no longer being entirely an office creature; and that’s exactly what I mean by ‘comfort cooking.’”
Filled with over 220 of her most truly comforting recipes—cakes, pies, cookies, desserts, breads, and goodies for children are all here—Nigella understands our anxieties and desires in the kitchen. Her recipes read like a conversation you would have with her ,should you be so lucky as to have her standing alongside you in your kitchen. A book that makes you want to grab your apron and bake up something cozy for your loved ones, even if that means just you.
She’s beautiful, she’s famous, yet she still feels like the real deal and you just know this is the stuff she makes at home. Nigella lets you believe there is a little bit of a domestic goddess in all of us. And that’s a good thing too.
“Combining the voice of a good friend and the sense of a good mother, Nigella Lawson serves up domestic bliss on a cake plate!”—Alison Fryer, The Cookbook Store, Toronto
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