Delia Smith

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Delia Smith

Biography

Date of birth: 18 June 1941

Delia Smith was born in Woking, Surrey, and left school at 16 without any qualifications. She tried out hairdressing, being a shop assistant, and working for a travel agency before getting a job in a tiny restaurant called The Singing Chef in Paddington at the age of 21. She worked her way from washing-up to being able to do actual cooking, reading recipe books at the British Museum in her spare time.

Smith was taken on as a cookery writer for the Daily Mirror's new magazine in 1969. In 1972, she began writing a column for the Evening Standard, and continued doing so for 12 years. It was during this time that she began hosting cookery shows on television.

Smith's 1998 television series, Delia's How to Cook, caused a 10 percent increase in egg sales, coining the term the "Delia Effect"--describing a run on a previously underselling product recommended by a high-profile face. This was seen again with her 2008 book, How to Cheat at Cooking.

Perhaps best-known for television series (and book) Delia's Complete Cookery Course, Smith's cookery books quickly become bestsellers. Delia's Winter Collection sold two million copies in hardback.

Book and writing awards

CBE (2009) in recognition of her contribution to television cookery and recipe writing.

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Delia's Cakes

Delia's Cakes

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Delia's Book of Cakes was first published in 1977, and such is the staying power of this 35-year-old phenomenon, it has never been out of print. Now, to celebrate its success, it has undergone a complete contemporary makeover. It still...
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Delia's Cakes

Delia's Cakes (Hardback)

by Delia Smith

Format: Hardback 240 pages
Published: 28/02/2013
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

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Delia's Happy Christmas

Delia's Happy Christmas (Hardback)

by Delia Smith

Format: Hardback 312 pages
Published: 01/04/2009
Publisher: Ebury Press

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Delia has long been the person we turn to for stress-free Christmas celebrations. This year, she celebrates 40 years of writing recipes and brings... Read more

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Delia's Complete How to Cook: Both a Guide for Beginners and a Tried and Tested Recipe Collection for Life

Delia's Complete How to Cook: Both a Guide for Beginners and a Tried and Tested Recipe Collection for Life (Hardback)

by Delia Smith

Format: Hardback 704 pages
Published: 05/03/2009
Publisher: BBC Books

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Delia always has her finger on the button. For 40 years she has continually, throughout her cookbooks, writing and television programmes, enabled... Read more

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Delia's How to Cheat at Cooking (Hardback)

by Delia Smith

Format: Hardback 256 pages
Published: 15/02/2008
Publisher: Ebury Press

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In How to Cheat at Cooking, Delia has sourced a range of pre-prepared foods (from tins, chill cabinets, freezers and store cupboards) to help you... Read more

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Delia's Frugal Food

Delia's Frugal Food (Hardback)

by Delia Smith

Format: Hardback 256 pages
Published: 30/10/2008
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

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At a time when money worries are front-page news, Britain's most trusted cook, Delia Smith, is once again on hand with a wide range of tasty... Read more

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Delia's Complete Cookery Course: v.1-3 in 1v

Delia's Complete Cookery Course: v.1-3 in 1v (Paperback)

by Delia Smith

Format: Paperback 640 pages
Published: 05/03/1992
Publisher: BBC Books

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Delia is renowned for her tried-and-tested, foolproof recipes. The Complete Cookery Course is the book that has taken pride of place in kitchens for... Read more

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Delia's Winter Collection

Delia's Winter Collection (Paperback)

by Delia Smith

Format: Paperback 256 pages
Published: 07/10/2004
Publisher: BBC Books

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Delia's Winter Collection takes up where her bestselling Summer Collection left off, completing the full cycle of the cooking calendar. It is a... Read more

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Delia's Kitchen Garden: A Beginners' Guide to Growing and Cooking Fruit and Vegetables

Delia's Kitchen Garden: A Beginners' Guide to Growing and Cooking Fruit and Vegetables (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 168 pages
Published: 08/02/2007
Publisher: BBC Books

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Delia Smith has always been most concerned with the quality and flavour of the ingredients she uses, and nothing comes fresher than fruit,... Read more

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Delia's Vegetarian Collection

Delia's Vegetarian Collection (Paperback)

by Delia Smith

Format: Paperback 264 pages
Published: 07/09/2006
Publisher: BBC Books

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Vegetarian food has become integrated into mainstream cooking and plays an increasingly important role in many people's lives. Delia's... Read more

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The Delia Collection, Puddings (Hardback)

by Delia Smith

Format: Hardback 144 pages
Published: 09/02/2006
Publisher: BBC Books

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Delia's eighth book in this enormously popular Collection brings us mouth-watering puddings and desserts. To satisfy a sweet tooth or round off... Read more

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Four Seasons Cookery Book

Four Seasons Cookery Book (Paperback)

by Margaret Costa, et al.

Format: Paperback 364 pages
Published: 30/06/2013
Publisher: Grub Street

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First published in 1970 and re-issued by Grub Street for the first time in 1996, the new edition hit the bestseller lists and went on to sell over... Read more

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Delia's How to Cook: Book Two

Delia's How to Cook: Book Two (Hardback)

by Delia Smith

Format: Hardback 256 pages
Published: 09/12/1999
Publisher: BBC Books

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Delia's How to Cook: Book Two continues Delia's simple-to-follow teaching course for people of all ages and abilities. With her unique... Read more

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Delia's How To Cook: Book Three

Delia's How To Cook: Book Three (Hardback)

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Format: Hardback 240 pages
Published: 03/12/2001
Publisher: BBC Books

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In part three of How to Cook, Delia continues and completes her journey through the fundamentals of cooking, revising traditional areas that are all... Read more

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The Delia Collection, Italian

The Delia Collection, Italian (Hardback)

by Delia Smith

Format: Hardback 144 pages
Published: 18/03/2004
Publisher: BBC Books

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In the fifth book of The Delia Collection, Delia teaches us how to cook authentic Italian dishes successfully. Old favourites and new recipes... Read more

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The Delia Collection, Pork

The Delia Collection, Pork (Hardback)

by Delia Smith

Format: Hardback 144 pages
Published: 18/03/2004
Publisher: BBC Books

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From ham, sausages and bacon to fillet and tenderloin, almost every part of the pig can be consumed, making pork one of the most versatile foods in... Read more

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The Delia Collection, Chicken

The Delia Collection, Chicken (Hardback)

by Delia Smith

Format: Hardback 144 pages
Published: 02/10/2003
Publisher: BBC Books

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In compiling The Delia Collection cookery series, Delia Smith has chosen her best and most popular recipes, updating old favourites and adding some... Read more

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The Delia Collection, Fish

The Delia Collection, Fish (Hardback)

by Delia Smith

Format: Hardback 144 pages
Published: 02/10/2003
Publisher: BBC Books

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The Delia Collection, Soup

The Delia Collection, Soup (Hardback)

by Delia Smith

Format: Hardback 144 pages
Published: 02/10/2003
Publisher: BBC Books

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Delia's Summer Collection: 140 Recipes for Summer

Delia's Summer Collection: 140 Recipes for Summer (Paperback)

by Delia Smith

Format: Paperback 224 pages
Published: 08/05/2003
Publisher: BBC Books

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This is a celebration of summer and all its glorious ingredients - Delia has distilled the essence of summer into a book that brings the sun into... Read more

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Delia's Complete Cookery Course: v.1-3 in 1v

Delia's Complete Cookery Course: v.1-3 in 1v (Hardback)

by Delia Smith

Format: Hardback 640 pages
Published: 05/03/1992
Publisher: BBC Books

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The Delia Collection, Baking (Hardback)

by Delia Smith

Format: Hardback 144 pages
Published: 08/09/2005
Publisher: BBC Books

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Delia's seventh cookbook in this enormously popular Collection brings us tantalising baking recipes. From cakes and muffins to breads and... Read more

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