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Delia's Complete How to Cook

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She is the most trusted name in British cooking and in How to Cook Delia Smith goes back to basics: Over 700 pages, 350 recipes and step-by-step photography, covering every technique you will ever need from how to boil an egg to Risotto Carbonara.
Hardcover, 704 pages
Published March 5th 2009 by Ebury Publishing (first published May 2nd 2001)
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Feb 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I checked "How to Cook" out from our local library last fall, probably around Thanksgiving. I kept checking it out, over and over and over again, until my spouse gave it to me for Christmas. "Give the library back their book," she said, and I did.

The recipes are wonderful, because they *work*. I don't have to tinker with them at all to get great results. Enchiladas, wheat bread, the leek and chevre tart... every recipe I've tried has turned out delicious and as beautiful as the photos promise.
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Sep 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
If you know some dude who hasn't a clue on how to cook buy it for them as a present. If you are that person, ask your Mum to buy it for Christmas. It has great recipes for people who already know how to cook too. It is very much down to basics but does have something interesting for all cooks. Most cook books assume that you have a huge family to feed, whereas this has included some recipes for two. It's a huge tome and expensive, so heirloom material.
I was somewhat insulted when I was given this book.... but it's actually quite smart in a "back-to-basics" sort of way...

Pity about the fat content though Delia!
Mar 07, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Same review as usual except that we looked in this one recently and Curt wants to make a few of the things. So, it gets an extra star for inspiring him...
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Delia Smith CBE is an English cook and television presenter, known for teaching basic cookery skills in a no-nonsense style. She is the UK's best-selling cookery author, with more than 21 million copies sold.

Smith is also famous for her role as joint majority shareholder at Norwich City F.C. Her partner in the shareholding is her husband, Michael Wynn-Jones. Her role at the club has attracted vary
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