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This is my 2nd baking book I bought to try and bake the way it is done on TV shows. (I have been baking for 30 years using the old handed down recipes and all turned out great). So far this books pie crust recipe is just like the other pie crust recipe. It is very awful. Not fluffy at all and to greasy, Heavy and starchy. So far my old recipes are out doing the new ones. Not holding much hope for the rest of the recipes in this book anymore then the ones in the other new baking book recipes held up. Better off spending money buying old baking books.
I like the recipes in this book but I wished to see more pictures as I am a visual learner. What I had to do is to google some of the names of the recipes to have a better idea of how the final product should look like.
I am a novice baker. I find the recipes easy to follow however the book only has a few photos of the baked goods. I would love for it to have photos of each of the recipes. It would be very helpful to a beginner.
I've used recipes from this book only twice because the end product was not that good. For example the red velvet cake was described as "soft and tender". It was soft but what cake isn't soft? True red velvet cake is moist. The key to it's moistness is vinegar which this recipe did not include. It's a beautiful book but I crossed referenced the second recipe with Joy of cooking just to be sure something wasn't missing.
As noted, alot of the recipes have ingredient amounts and cooking times that are not correct. In particular, I have not been able to figure out the Yellow Birthday cake..it seems to have two many eggs. The closest I found to have it work was to just have the 3 eggs not the egg yolks. Frustrating because they are some good recipe concepts in the book.
The ingredient list is in very small print and in a light colored font. Too many cookbook and magazine publishers do this now. I made the birthday cake with ganache frosting. The ingedients were on one page and you had to turn the page for directions - not fun with buttery fingers. The cake got raves but I will type it out with a larger font the next time I make it. I had to use a magnifying glass to make sure I got the right amounts. I used vanilla paste in lieu of regular vanilla. I like that she tells us how long to mix. Sometimes it is hard to estimate just how long to mix to get the right consistency.
I highly anticipated the publication of this book. I bought it online, sight unseen...The actual recipes are very good, but very hard to read due to the type font/style. Comments were in bold? I hope when it comes out in paperback they use a bolder/ stronger type font!
I really really wanted to love this book, but it falls short on a few levels. First of all, not enough pictures. I guess I'm of the opinion that there can't be enough (color) photos in a cookbook. Secondly, I've tried a few recipes in this book and none of them are that spectacular. I guess if you're the type of person who craves oreos in the first place and is dying for a home made version this might be an exciting breakthrough, but I'm not one of those people I suppose. I find the recipes frankly kind of boring. I was hoping for a little more "ooh" and "aahh", but instead I got "meh". I guess it would be a good cookbook for a beginner who needs some basic recipes, but other than that I really don't see what all the fuss is about. It's certainly not bad, but it's not the cookbook I would pull out if I wanted to create something memorable.
I purchased this book because of all the great reviews. Upon receiving it, I was delighted to see a range of different recipes she offers. However, as a visual person, I personally feel there needed more pictures. As a baker, I think having pictures of all your recipes is ideal and helpful for beginners as well as professionals. Just so you have a point of reference as to what the outcome should look like. Another thing that I wish she included was options/substitutions for pans, other equipment, and ingredients. Many people don't have the means to go out and purchase a bunch of different pans or want to use what they have in the kitchen. For example, a tube pan... I don't have one but I do have a bundt pan - could I use it to create the coffee cake. Possibly, I did some research on my own and realized I can. However, it would have been nice if she just stated, "if you don't have a tube pan here are your other options...". Anyway, other than the two things, the book is very nicely written and the layout is very easy to follow. I do enjoy the recipes she has included in her book and look forward to creating most of them. Already made the pop tarts and they were delish!
Ive made 3 of the recipes and only one, the banana but bread was any good. The sticky buns were sickeningly sweet. The brioche pastries didnt rise (could be my fault) but they almost birned on the vottom...too much butter i think.