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I have had this cookbook for months now. Initially I was thrilled, this clearly was an original creative addition to dessert cooking. It was so original, I had to launch a purchasing campaign, because I do not stock almond flour, almond paste, or orgeat. Ok, ready to cook. The chocolate pudding was very nice, and the technique was lovely. The brownies were also nice. The lemon pound cake supreme was the best I have ever had, and I learned how to supreme a lemon, and saturate a pound cake. This is a wonderful recipe! I couldn't wait to make the chocolate pound cake with glaze, it surely was going to be a hit!! Using a cookbook is like establishing a relationship, and having had several successes, I was gaining confidence in the authors. Sadly to say, the chocolate pound cake was compost, or will be today. Dry, not chocolate flavored (my husband said "chalky") I was baffled. The instructions had an odd glitch (advising putting standing mixer onto cooling rack over rimmed baking sheet, obviously not what they wanted). This had alerted me to the possibility that there may have been corrections printed somewhere that would explain this bad cake. Having read the reviews here, I realize that this lovely work is filled with errors, like land mines, to derail the home baker. Very disappointed, and guess I will have to get the kitchen calculator to cross check ingredients. Bad execution. Wish authors would review book and put corrections online somewhere.
The pictures are beautiful, but with the mistakes, I am a bit afraid to try some of them for fear there are more mistakes. There is a list of some of the mistakes. I wish the authors with note that they have corrected all of the mistakes. I did try the cake on the front, it looked lovely, but not sure I would make it again. The reason I bought the book was to make that cake for my husband's 93 birthday party.
The recipes in this book are fabulous, with one glaring exception. Some of the measurements are off! The very first recipe I made produced cupcakes that were heavy and dry. I could not figure out what I did wrong. I began going back through the recipe, item by item, to find the problem. I found the problem and could not believe it. The usual volumetric measurements are given and then the measurements are given by weight. This is the proper way to bakc, you always use weight. However, when the volumetric measurements were converted by someone, probably not Bill Yost, they made errors. In the recipe I made, the volumetric measure was appropriate, but the weight was twice what it should have been. I ended up using twice the amount of flour due to this. This book had great recipes, just be sure to double check measurements or you may have problems.
so i have this cookbook and am now terrified to bake anything. why are there no responses from author/editor/anyone? about the publishing mistakes? it is too late for me to return the book but it doesn't seem right that a cookbook should have so many defects.
Received this book from Friendly Books for You. The service could not have been better! I would recommend them highly -- as I would the book itself. It is not only a physically beautiful book, but the recipes work! The directions are clear and you can trust them (although Friendly Books included one Error Correction for a recipe with my book). Thank you Friendly Books!
The book was a good surprise, it is much better that I could possibly imagine. It is beautiful, totally ilustraded with magnificent photos. The recepies are so wonderful that you have the wish to rush to the kitchen and make them all. I will make them all, one at a time, it is an aim.