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Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights: Recipes for Every Season, Mood, and Appetite

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  1,497 Ratings  ·  75 Reviews
Food is meant to be enjoyed, and Sophie Dahl would have it no other way. Growing up in a family of true food lovers, she began cooking at a young age and never looked back. Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights presents nearly one hundred of her tried-and-true recipes, organized around the four seasons and using the freshest ingredients available. Accented with her stories about ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published February 15th 2011 by HarperCollins e-books (first published September 1st 2008)
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Jan 03, 2010 Caroline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: foodies, comfort eaters, homemakers and inventors
Sophie Dahl has a way of writing that simply mesmerises. This book, half cookery guide, half autobiography, tells of experiences with food, with family and with weight and diet that I can relate to, generously interspersed with recipes that inspire.

And it is that inspirational element that has made want to recommend this book where I wouldn't usually bother with cookery texts. There has been an influx of cookbooks of late that demonstrate how to bake, how to cook Italian, that take the fashionab
Nov 11, 2011 Daisy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Daisy by: tea and cookies blog
Shelves: cookbooks
I hope Sophie Dahl didn't have a ghost writer for this, but if she did, whoever it was writes pretty well. She is the granddaughter of Roald Dahl, I'd forgotten. (And Stella Tennant is a Mitford too--her grandmother is the Duchess of Devonshire, Nancy and Jessica's youngest sister Deborah.) So models by way of literary pedigrees? In this case, it works fine. A random example:

Coquette's Eggs
When my boyfriend and I were courting, he came over for brunch and this is what I cooked, albeit rather ner
Dec 07, 2012 Krysten rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, cookbooks
I just have to rate this cookbook so I can say.. um... what?

Simple recipes and lovely photographs aside, Sophie Dahl is weird. I'd never heard of her before I grabbed this book but it seems like she might be insane. Not that insane is a bad thing. I just.. she makes me uncomfortable. There is a lot of autobiography to this book, most of which I skimmed, particularly after the beginning when she told a tale about her pet bunny who raped her guinea pig and then ran away and was eaten by a fox. It
Mar 20, 2010 Holyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think I read a review of this book in Vogue and thought it odd/interesting that a fashion magazine was reviewing a cookbook (of all things) and so decided to give it a shot. This is actually a cookbook/mini memoir of the author's life and struggle with food - a strange juxtaposition to consider.

I appreciated the division of the book into seasons. I love thinking along the lines of cooking seasonally. The photographs included were lovely. However, I only found about eight recipes in the whole
Mar 12, 2013 emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking
Possibly the most perfect thing to have read at this point in my life, where I've tried and failed miserably to remove post-high school (aka depressing University) weight. The autobiographical information was both inspiring and intensely comforting, from all of Sophie's amazing experiences right down to the weight and body image stuff. The recipes, while mostly not things I will ever cook (I don't eat seafood and I am practically the antithesis of a vegetarian), were still inspiring and useful. ...more
Ann Brogan
I really wanted to like this collection of recipes as I admire Sophie Dahl, former 1990s poster-child for the larger model, but everything I tried (unlike most of the raving reviewers here who I'll wager have not!) turned out to be disappointing, especially the Carnation milk jellies which were yuck! While the little anecdotes and prefaces to the recipes are charming and well written, I'm afraid the book is very much style over substance. For one thing, Dahl seems to have acquired an inordinate ...more
Jul 03, 2010 Rosianna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking
I don't cook as much as I used to, nor as much as I'd like to. In summer, I tend to stick to cheese and spinach sandwiches, simple egg salads, peppers, tofu stir fry and generally things I can throw together in ten minutes or so. But when I get in the mood, I fall into it. I feel like I'm on a cooking show or as though I'm the protagonist in Como Agua Para Chocolate. Cooking for me is something like painting - my Mexican mother gave me a love of colour and my oldest sister made me more daring, m ...more
Jan 23, 2011 Blanca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Long ago, I visited a very cool girl with my very-cool best friend. This very cool girl was all legs, a wasp waist and shiny dark hair that sometimes was piled up in a messy ballerina knot. Anyway, besides her looking very cool, she had a very cool idea about eating. She had champagne on hand in her fridge and nice savory snacks and knew about good chocolate.

This book is like revisiting that very cool girl and hanging out in her kitchen. It's delicious and satisfying without being irresponsibly
May 31, 2010 Eden rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a sweet little cookbook with simple, natural and tasty recipes for each season, separated with thoughtful essays about Dahl's struggles with and passions for food and eating. Her paradoxical experiences (being a world-famous model, but one known for her "voluminous" curves and heft) make her experiences especially interesting. This isn't a "manifesto" cookbook like you'd get from Jamie Oliver or Mark Bittman, but an uncomplicated celebration of healthy and cheerful eating.
Dave Stevenson
Nov 02, 2009 Dave Stevenson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful cookbook/memoir. I found myself using it in the kitchen and reading it at night. Wonderful!
Jun 05, 2015 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food, new-reads-2015
Probably more of a 3.5 than a four, but I read this on a lovely, relaxing afternoon, sitting on the deck and watching the birds. That's worth another half point.

I'd never heard of Sophie Dahl. I realized part of the way in that I was supposed to have heard of her, so I googled, and then things made more sense. In general, I find stories like hers irritating -- "and then there was that spring I lived in Paris and then there was the fall at the cape and then I jetted off to India for the weekend a
Kristen Northrup
Feb 22, 2010 Kristen Northrup rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, food
The four stars are conditional because I haven't actually tried any recipes, but they certainly sound tasty. And simple. And healthy. Yet luscious.

I can't imagine picking up a cookbook by an American fashion model, but it's somehow different with the British. And it is mostly recipes, not memoir.

Quite a bit of it is homey nursery type food, which is a plus for me. In a more contemporary vein, there's lots of goat cheese, sweet potatoes, spelt flour, agave syrup, and yogurt. Meat as well. Sometim
Pierwszy mój kontakt z Sophie-kucharką odbył się poprzez jej program kulinarny „Apetyczna panna Dahl”. Urocza scenografia, proste, smakowite przepisy i odrobinę pozytywnych banałów na temat życia i gotowania. Jeśli komuś spodobał się program, to tym bardziej spodoba mu się książka, która była przyczynkiem do powstania programu.

Książka podzielona jest na 4 pory roku, a każdy rozdział poprzedza wstęp, o tym jakie znaczenie miało jedzenie i gotowanie w życiu Sophie. A odgrywało ono ważną rolę, nie
I flicked through this when it first arrived in store a few months back, and thought: voluptuous?? But where is the cream in these recipes?? I thought it was a con, I really did. The cook book equivalent of those people who insist raw celery is a comfort food.

It is not a con. Several months of re-adjusting my attitudes towards food later, I picked this up again, and discovered that someone had finally written a cook book for ME. The first recipe is for a grilled mushroom topped with goats cheese
Feb 06, 2017 Joana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sophie Dahl is a delight. Her cookery tv show was probably the most feel-good, comforting tv I've ever seen. It wasn't just about food: it was about moods, personal stories, good music and visually wonderful. This book is an extension of that, without the music and the voice-over but with more complete recipes.

I don't usually read cookery books but I've been trying to cook more and I'm looking for inspiration. The recipes here are mostly vegetarian, very simple and without pretenses. They are d

Jun 09, 2010 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yum
Delicious! I don't think I've ever read a cookbook cover to cover, but the chapter intros definitely make it worth the read. I also love that it is organized by seasons. The spring and summer chapters had my mouth watering, especially knowing that Farmer's Markets are popping up around now (one near our new house). But of course Dahl saved the best for last... the flourless chocolate cake alone makes the book worthwhile. (Don't worry mom, once the unpacking and arranging is done, this one is fir ...more
Mar 12, 2012 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lifehacks
Although I have made several of the recipes from this book, today I read the text portions. Not only did I find Dahl's frankness, sheer delight for food, and promptings to eat it in a healthy, wholesome manner inspiring, but every recipe I have made from this book has been delicious. Moreover, they're all things that are quick and easily made after coming home from work or before class in the morning. I turn to this book every time I need inspiration to cook again, even if I don't use the actual ...more
Diane Warrington
May 02, 2014 Diane Warrington rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking
I ordered this book through my library because I watched a dvd of Dahls cooking for moods. I enjoyed reading this as it's more than a recipe book. I like books that chat with and to the reader (Nigel Slater, Hugh F.W.). I liked reading about her life and I have bookmarked so many recipes that I think I'll just have to buy the book to add to my overflowing cookbook shelf. I also liked that it's divided into seasons and then into breakfast, lunch and supper. Very orderly yet very fun to read. I sh ...more
Dec 04, 2010 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh so delicious, both to look at and to cook from! Sophie Dahl's writing is down-to-earth and accesible, so like her grandfather Roald's. The pictures in her book made me drool and everything I've cooked from it so far has been delectable and satisfying...and healthy, though that's hard to believe! Very much in the style of Jamie Oliver, if you like his recipes, but even if you're unfamiliar with him, this book is fun to read just as a story of one woman's journey toward body acceptance and how ...more
May 16, 2010 Meghan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite pleasantly surprised by this one. Rarely do I pick up a book because of an article in a magazine. Even more rarely do I do so and like the book. The prose that acompanies the recipes is so thoughtful and her wry humor shows through even when describing how many a dish will feed. Highly recommended, even if just to read the fun bits and salivate over the pictures (and wish you're life were more like Sophie's).
Feb 17, 2010 Charlotte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book! The recipes are unique and delightful. The stories are whimsical and full of character. I absolutely love that she gives pointers like, "If its a rowdy sort of breakfast, you could also add some rum." Ingredients like marmalade and a breakfast recipe with fish seem foreign, yet delicious to my American palate!

This book is a must for those interested in wholesome, nutritious, meals.
Nov 03, 2011 Juno rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picked this up after having a tremendous success with one of her recipes acquired around the internet - pear muffins, converted to GF with ease. Read this from cover to cover in one sitting, most unusual for a cookbook. The food is simple but not simpleminded, and the narration is both charming and down to earth. I finished it wanting to make 90% of the recipes and wishing I knew this very nice woman.
Aug 25, 2012 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking
I love that this book is divided into recipes by seasons and then further by breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Maybe it's the librarian in me, who knows. Also, Dahl has many savory breakfast recipes, which I always welcome. For some reason Americans are afraid of those unless they're wrapped in bacon.

While some Britishisms are welcome (I'm just about the biggest Anglophile I know), often Dahl lays it on too thick, i.e. "2 slices of a bready thing." Ugh.
I like Sophie Dahl's cookbooks for their simplicity and seasonality. These aren't the most inspired recipes (most of them being easy meals people keep as their signature dishes); they work well as little prompts when you yourself are feeling uninspired in the kitchen and want to cook something comforting, but a little fancier than beans on toast.
Oct 07, 2011 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part cookbooks, part who is Sophie Dahl and her relationship with food. I love the simple, delicious recipes. This is comfort food without the pounds of butter overload. Her Quinoa Salad with Tahini dressing is divine! I like the little blurbs before each recipe to tell you what inspired her to include it.
Apr 07, 2010 Maxine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never did I think that a cookbook would make me cry, but Miss. Dahl has succeeded. The way in which she describes her somewhat complex relationship with food will resonate with most women throughout the world. Delicious recipes (her breakfast smoothie has become one of my staples) and beautiful, rustic-feeling photography. I like the way it is categorised into seasons too.
May 17, 2011 Rosemary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
This is one of the prettiest cookbooks I've ever seen. It is set out beautifully. Sophie Dahl's writing is witty and engaging and her instructions are very clear.The book offers a great selection of recipes for vegetarians or those who just aren't keen on eating meat every meal. I've only tried a few of the recipes in the book, but they were very good.
Nov 11, 2010 Mandi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, how I adore this cookbook. I've probably read it cover to cover 3 times in the short 6mths I've owned it.

Whenever I feel down and out I pick this up. It's my escape book. I read all the lovely stories in it of Miss Dahl's life and dream about whipping up the recipes.

The handful of recipes I have tried from this book have turned out wonderfully. A must have for any dreamer's kitchen!
Jan 23, 2013 Png rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
A recommendation from GoodReads.

Miss Dahl, you have stolen my idea of what I envisioned my cookbook would look like! Absolutely envious you're the one who brought it to fruition.

Gorgeous pictures, entertaining anecdotes, unintimidating home-style recipes that are sumptuous looking that's worth trying out.

What a wonderful recommendation GR.
Dec 23, 2013 Anita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book full of delicious recipes I've personally tried (I especially love the curry chicken recipe which I've made a bunch of times it is so simple and fabulous) along with some words of wisdom centered around her life and how she became the woman she is today. It's also full of beautiful pictures of her recipes to drool over.
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Sophie Dahl (born Sophie Holloway) is an English author, cookbook writer and former model. She was born in London, the daughter of actor Julian Holloway and writer Tessa Dahl. Her maternal grandparents were author Roald Dahl and actress Patricia Neal. Her paternal grandfather was actor Stanley Holloway. She was the inspiration for Sophie, the main character in her maternal grandfather's book The B ...more
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