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How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  22,303 Ratings  ·  271 Reviews
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 satisfacti ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Hachette Books (first published August 17th 1998)
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Jul 22, 2007 Yvette rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves to cook
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
Jul 04, 2007 Kristi rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: a baker, a butcher, a candlestick maker
Shelves: cookbooks
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 good raspberry jam and its is divine.

I especially enj
Jan 09, 2008 Samantha rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anybody who's interested in baking.
Shelves: food-and-cookery
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 ...more
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 pages, but I suspect many people may only find a few r
Oct 24, 2009 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five stars for the burnt butter cupcakes.
Burning butter is a flammable escapade.
The pyro in me is pleased.

*gorges gleefully*
Jan 26, 2010 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 28, 2008 Jess rated it it was ok
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.
May 21, 2012 Shaylene rated it really liked it
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...
Apr 09, 2009 Rebecca rated it really liked it
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...
Jul 31, 2011 Shahirah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 28, 2010 Megan rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jul 27, 2009 Kris added it
Shelves: cooking
"Lovely to look at/A pleasure to hold..."

I love to look at this book, but that's about all I've done with it. I might have tried a recipe or two after I first bought it. In fact, I'm sure I did. It's been so long, though, I don't really remember what I thought. All I know is I was seduced by its rich bronze pages and lovely photo styling and when I saw it in the store I had to take it home with me. But now it's the kind of cookbook that mostly sits on my shelf and collects dust. The problem with
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Jan 09, 2011 Tom Stallard rated it really liked it
Shelves: cook-book
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 like about Lawson's writing is that she openly dec ...more
May 25, 2009 Libby rated it it was amazing
Shelves: foodie
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.
Feb 28, 2009 Katrina rated it really liked it
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.
Sep 09, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 02, 2016 Isadora Torres rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 17, 2007 Claire rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbook
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".
Aug 13, 2008 Naida rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 18, 2008 Liz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking
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.
Jessica Bowden
May 14, 2015 Jessica Bowden rated it it was amazing
I am officially a goddess in waiting.
Feb 28, 2017 Susan rated it it was amazing
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.
Jose Romel
Jan 17, 2017 Jose Romel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mar 14, 2017 Yas rated it did not like it
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.
Mar 07, 2009 Cindy rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: the self-conciously retro-cool
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
Oct 27, 2010 Dayna rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Nigella Lawson
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 through (quite thoroughly) a few of Lawson's other ...more
Sep 21, 2016 Whitney rated it liked it
I was a little disappointed to find some measurements and instructions to be laxed non-exact which is pretty essential in baking. otherwise the recipes are decent and Nigella's stories in between recipes were sweet.
Feb 15, 2017 Autumn rated it did not like it
Shelves: cookbook
This book is just a run of the mill cookbook. It's title had me expecting so much more. What a disappointment.
Feb 19, 2010 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
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 bakes her own bread "can see herself in an almost bib ...more
Rachel Wagner
Sep 27, 2012 Rachel Wagner rated it it was amazing
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 charm and whimsy..."When I am fiddling about in the k ...more
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Nigella Lawson is the daughter of former Conservative cabinet minister Nigel Lawson (now Lord Lawson) and the late Vanessa Salmon, socialite and heir to the Lyons Corner House empire, who died of liver cancer in 1985. Lawson attended Godolphin and Latymer School and Westminster School before graduating from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, with a degree in Medieval and Modern Languages.
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