I only own one of Nigella's books, How To Be A Domestic Goddess. At the time I bought it, Nigella wasn't a big star yet here in the states but I had been watching her show on BBC America and was super excited about the book. Before reading it, I had always been scared of baking, just certain I'd mess things up and waste ingredients. But Nigella says "a cake is just a cake." Really, what is there to be afraid of? The Carrot Cupcakes from Domestic Goddess were the first cupcakes I made from scratch. Ever since then, I can count on one hand the times I've made something from a box. Duncan Hines just doesn't do it for me anymore.
The one baked good that still really frightened me was cheesecake. Between all the eggs, the egg yolks, the springform pan, and the water bath....there is just so much I'm unfamiliar with, so much that can go wrong. That all changed today though---I was bored and I had so many eggs in the refrigerator that it would be no huge deal if a few of them were wasted in a cheesecake experiment.
Do you want to be a Goddess in the area of cheesecakes too? Well, you don't have to buy the book because the recipe is on Nigella's website. (FYI: If you hunt around the internet enough, you can find a few versions of the recipe that are a bit easier to understand for silly Americans such as myself who just don't get things like measurements in grams and "digestive biscuits.") Don't be scared of cheesecake. If I can do this, so can you.