Don't get me wrong- Delia is great, and if you want a recipe to be 100% surefire then follow her directions
TO THE LETTER and you get exactly what you set out to bake.
But Nigella. . .she doesn't seem to mind if you go off on your own tangent and come up with something completely different to the picture on the page- in fact I think she's even quite pleased!
Because I've never got the right ingredients at the time I actually feel in the mood to cook something new, Nigella's recipes provide perfect inspiration to use what's to hand in a different way to the norm, and I have a total affinity with her hatred of throwing away ANY leftover food
(not that leftovers are ever a problem in our house!)
I can read a cookbook like other people read a novel, rolling and stirring and mixing in my mind as I turn the pages, and Nigella writes as if she was sitting beside you chatting over a morning coffee- the recipes spring to life even if you know it's something you'd NEVER actually make!
I'm so pleased to have been given Kitchen for my birthday. . .but looking at the gorgeous cake recipes, I wonder if Ted had an ulterior motive :))