Why such vitriol towards the Delia????
I really like her.
Oh no need for the
, I know I am in the minority!
As I said, I know it is fairly irrational, but given that you asked...There are a few reasons.
Firstly, I think she just rubs up my dislike of market dominance - she is the queen of cookery and no-one else much gets a look-in - as evidenced by this thread!
Secondly, I've got the impression that she is a bit of a limelight-seeker - that the celebrity almost comes before the cooking - any opportunity for a new book etc - swings from 'how to boil an egg you must do everything properly' to 'how to cheat at cooking'. And makes an awful lot of money out of people's insecurities. In this respect she reminds me of two others - a tv quack nutritionist who looks at poo, and a puree-ing enthusiast who recently published a book on finger foods
Lastly, linked a bit, I think people use her as a crutch. My mum and MIL are both in awe of her and will not hear of her being wrong! Certainly her stuff from the 70s is quite 'proper' and I think it stops people feeling able to just experiment with cooking - e.g. the how to boil an egg thing. I mean really.
I know we are in for an argument about it over Christmas as MIL does a Delia Christmas and they are coming to us and we will not be doing that!
Anyway, I'm sure she is lovely. Cough.
My peas are gone as well as my marbles.