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Delia's How to Cheat at Cooking | Hardback

Released on 15 February 2008

Author: Delia Smith | Format: Hardback

3.0 out of 5 (18 customer reviews) | Write a review

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In 1971 Delia Smith published her very first book, "How to Cheat at Cooking". She wrote it as a book for people who didn't want or didn't have time to cook. Three decades later life is even more hectic, and tasty, healthy, uncomplicated food is high on the agenda. This new, completely updated edition of "How to Cheat at Cooking" has never been more relevant, and is the book from Delia that we've all been waiting for. Everyone wants to eat well, something more than a dull ready meal, and we would like our friends and family to think we've spent time on preparing meals. Here, Delia offers 150 recipes that can be made with minimal fuss but without sacrificing taste. She suggests tricks and shortcuts for classic dishes like Steak and kidney "easy" and a very quick moussaka, and gives tips on using store-bought ingredients instead of spending hours at the stove, with weekday suppers including Seafood linguine and Hot smoked salmon with quails eggs.Delia also gives storecupboard standbys that can be made without even a shopping trip, such as Crab tart, and super-speedy desserts that can be thrown together with little notice and few ingredients (Ten-minute raspberry cheesecake, Sparkling wine jellies with summer berries). With colour photographs throughout, clear instructions and Delia's invaluable tips and advice, "How to Cheat at Cooking" is a must-have for time-poor novice cooks and experts alike.

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 I hated this book

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Having been a huge Delia Smith fan (the first cook book I ever bought was hers and I still use it) I was immensely disappointed in this book. Had I picked it up in a book shop I would NEVER have bought it. I do not live in the UK and half the ingredients are not available to me. I also HATED all the frozen potatoes etc. etc. Buying ready grated cheese is just lazy not a clever time saver - it takes a few minutes to grate cheese! So at this moment in time I am just really annoyed that I ordered this book and wont be rushing to buy any more of hers in the future!

 Deliciously tempting

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One of the best cookbooks of the decade, packed with information and loads of interesting recipies that you wouldn't have neccesarily thought of before. Easy to read, good sized book. Food lovers will relish it!

 Ironically enough, this is a total waste of time!

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After 30 something years of being one of the UK's most popular cooks (a genuine and unfussy champion of 'real' cooking' - does anyone remember her recipe for 'alpine eggs' on Noel Edmonds' 'Swap Shop' some 30+ years ago, for example, which introduced children to the notion of the kitchen and what goes on in there?), it looks as if Delia has come out of retirement to publish a book that may well end up undermining all her hard work to make the British nation food aware and enthusiastic about the associated possibilities...strange that the accompanying TV series, with a reliance on commercially produced and branded products such as frozen mash and tinned mince, was made by the BBC, which because of it's embargo on advertising prevented Delia from mentioning the actual brands of the ingredients she used. Surely a commercial channel would have been a better medium for this series?...needless to say, I think this has been a badly judged exercise all round, I mean wouldn't it have been better for Delia to do pared down recipes with fresh ingredients and then suggest that the recipes would work just as well with certain 'convenience' ingredients? All in all, the book and TV series make for a depressing swansong to a genuinely memorable career as a great, unpretentious TV cook...sorry, Delia!

 A very disappointed Delia fan!

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As a huge Delia fan for years I was extremely disappointed with Delia's latest offering. Her latest book is full of recipes that contain processed and frozen foods. Delia is out of step with most other celebrity chefs at the moment who are encouraging people to use fresh local produce. They are also helping people to cook good food on a budget. Processed foods are far more expensive. I would recommend Gordon Ramsay's Fast Food, Nigella Lawson's Nigella Express or any of Delia's previous books.

 Sort it out!

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Delia Smith seems to be on the back foot a bit lately what with her football pitch antics and outbursts at other celebrity chefs for trying to awaken the public to the treatment of our favoured Chicken.... and this is her answer?

After years of showing us how to cook fantastic recipe's with the finest ingredients she now thinks it's a good idea to show people how to make cottage pie with tinned mince and instant mash. The timing is particularly good; what with the nation's growing obesity problem and trying to get people into healthy living being hot topics of the day.

The book should have been called "How To Feed A Nation Of Slackers" or better still "How To Cheat At Writing A Cook Book"

She should be ashamed.

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AuthorDelia Smith
PublisherEbury Press (United Kingdom)
FormatHardback - 256 Pages
Illustrationschiefly Illustrations