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I purchased this book after seeing several of the recipes in a food magazine, none of which used dates or coconut. Much to my disappointment, however, many of the recipes in the book do contain dates and/or coconut products. Sadly, this means that Modern Baking is an unwelcome addition to my baking library, as I cannot bear dates and my other half is coconut intolerant. An expensive mistake unfortunately. It would have been helpful if Donna Hay had listed possible substitutes for dates, coconut oil etc. as I know I am not the only person unable to cook with these ingredients!
Quite disappointed. The design and photos are amazing, but the baking methods are not quite clear, it’s a long paragraph. The main point is the content is highly repetitive, the recipes are very similar. Sadly, I decided to return it.
I've been searching for the baking version of The Food Lab, and this isn't it.
I read SO MANY reviews of this book and thought I knew what I was getting. I was so wrong.
For an American home baker like me, there was nothing redeeming. Every recipe has thyme or juniper or quinoa or something that does NOT go in a baked good, in my world.
Okay, well I'll just leave out the weird stuff! Nope, the author is Australian. I tried several times to check the glossary and the internet for ingredients she references, and found nothing.
Finally, I've been an American hairdresser for 10 years. I don't know what 36mm is, and I have no interest in having to remove ingredients, substitute ingredients, and do conversions for EVERY. SINGLE. RECIPE. in this book I just paid for.
I just wanted to know HOW to control how my brownies come out, with a solid brownie recipe that I could tweak (and a cookbook with that format for all classic recipes). I guess I'll have to wait for J. Kenji Lopez-Alt to publish a baking book :(
This is a great book with many different types of recipes. The book itself is beautiful, but unfortunately, it arrived damaged. There was a long cut on the spine of the book. Purchased for a birthday and had already arrived late. The only way to get a new book was to return and then purchase again which did not work since it was a gift.