Cook, food writer and food stylist
I used to babysit for a very stylish family in my neighborhood, and right after I started working in my first bakery job, I discovered this book on their coffee table. I was so engrossed when the parents came back from a night on the town that they let me borrow it - it was ultimately what made me decide to go to culinary school and really pursue this crazy, delicious dream I had.
Food writer and stylist
I confess that I’m not a very good baker, preferring the chuck it all in method of cooking that doesn’t really work for baking, and I love Nigella’s ever so slightly tongue-in-cheek look at the art of perfect cakes, bread and pies. I guess it showed me that I can bake a cake, even though I’m not a natural ‘domestic goddess’ by any stretch of the imagination.
I started working in restaurants when I was 14, so by my second job post-culinary school as a so-called pastry chef, food was just work. But here's Nigella having the freaking time of her life on every page, drinking wine, measuring things by the handful, and generally having fun. It helped me get back to having fun in the kitchen.
Nigella initiated a turning in the tide of how we perceive cooking, and time spent in the kitchen. Her ability to welcome and encourage us back into this environment, as the friend who is there at our side, is a unique talent. She manages to instil this into every dish she offers us.
Founder/Director of The Food Awards Company
My husband gave this to me - I was not a confident baker and even less so after I saw a small child presiding over a fire sale of my leftover fairy cakes at my son's primary school. Now I feel I can bake and even if it's not as light as a feather, it will look and taste good!
Food writer and author
I have 100s of baking books, but use this one more than the rest put together, as the recipes are failsafes but also - as frequently suggested by Nigella - infinitely adaptable. I love the writing tone too - full of warmth, whimsy and good sense.
Blogger of Kavey Eats
A classic book for cake-lovers in particular, we've enjoyed several cakes from this book, though we are also fans of Feast: Food That Celebrates Life.
Food stylist and food writer
My go to for baking. Harmonious photographs and love the unfussy layout as well as obviously fabulous recipe.
So many of my go-to classic bakes – banana bread, brownies – come from Nigella Lawson’s second book.
Blogger at Desperate Reader
It's full of good things and made me want to bake and then bake some more.
Chef, food writer and Masterchef winner
Again, heavy on baking and lots of wonderful recipes which never fail.
Chief writer Channel 4 News
I love cake. And desserts. So no list could be complete without this.
Got me into baking.
Food Blogger, Writer & Photographer
Publishing Director – Illustrated Books, Penguin Random House Australia
Founder of Crumbs & Doilies and star of the YouTube channel, Cupcake Jemma
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Director, Sauce Management
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Assistant Professor at Penn State Abington