How to be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson
I bought this book about 18 months ago on Amazon having resisted it for years. It was first published in 2000 to much applause and comment about the title, many felt that it was throwing women back to the 1950’s when in fact she meant the title to be tongue in cheek. Even though I’m a bit of a cook book junkie, I didn’t feel the need to purchase one dedicated to sweet things, however as time went on and I had flicked through it at several of my friends’ houses I began to see it as a very useful tool as it has a recipe for almost every dessert you could think of.
With The Cook Club I have to come up with 3 new recipes every 2 weeks for the groups that have been with me since the beginning 4 years ago, this is quite a challenge especially in the dessert department. While I haven’t used many of her recipes directly I have adapted them to suit my needs.
There is a section on birthday party and child-friendly fairy cakes, one on muffins, chocolate desserts, even one on breads and puddings both sweet and savoury. This book gives you a lot of bang for your buck and with Nigella’s easy writing style it’s a pleasure to pick up at any time to solve a dessert dilemma.