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The Art of the Dessert

The Art of the Dessert

When it comes to baking – and cooking in general – there is always a place for new ideas, but there is often no substitute for experience. Ann Amernick, author of The Art of the Dessert, has been in the pastry business a long time and shares a lot of her knowledge – as well as a lot of her recipes – in this volume. ... Read More »

Sweetness: Delicious Baked Treats for Every Occasion

Sweetness: Delicious Baked Treats for Every Occasion

While there is something to be said for massive cookbooks that seem to cover any dish that you might want to make, there is also a solid argument for smaller cookbooks that contain a narrower selection of recipes that you will probably want to make again and again. The Baking Bites Cookbook falls into this category, with easy to make recipes that primarily use things ... Read More »

Retro Desserts

Anyone who has ever set foot in a diner knows that nothing looks better than a big slice of mile-high strawberry shortcake, with layers of fluffy cake, whipped cream frosting and bright red, ripe berries. It’s a classic and it is one of the many recipes inside Retro Desserts: Totally Hip, Updated Classic Desserts from the ’40S, ’50S, 60s and ’70s. The cookbook, by Wayne ... Read More »

The Ungarnished Truth

The Ungarnished Truth

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to win a cooking contest? I would guess that this is not something that most of us think about on a daily basis, but it is a thought that might have popped into your head after reading about the last Pillsbury Bake Off or watching it on the Food Network. The Bake Off is the biggest ... Read More »

The Baking Bites Cookbook is now on Amazon

For all those of you who haven’t ordered  The Baking Bites Cookbook yet, the book is now on Amazon.com! This means that it’s even easier to order. There is still a slight discount over the Amazon price if you order it directly thorough my site, but it does qualify for Free Super Saver Shipping, which is great if you’re planning on ordering a few things ... Read More »

Cake Keeper Cakes

I first read the title of this book to be “keeper cakes” not “cake keeper cakes,” and while it was my first impression of the title that drew me to it, the overall message is the same. Cake Keeper Cakes is a book about cakes that are simple but delicious, and are the types of recipes that you not only want to make over again, ... Read More »

The Whimsical Bakehouse

The Whimsical Bakehouse

Sometimes, you’ll look at a cake and just say “wow.” And I’m talking about the good kind of “wow,” not the kind that is uttered when perusing Cake Wrecks. I’m talking about the kinds of cakes that might make you stop in a bakery window and stare, and these are the kinds of cakes that The Whimsical Bakehouse: Fun-to-Make Cakes That Taste as Good as ... Read More »

Baking with Agave Nectar

I am often asked questions about using sugar alternatives in baking, or how to eliminate the sugar from a recipe. I think that it is much easier to start out with a recipe that is closer to what you want, rather than try to take a “regular” recipe and convert it using various substitutions (often with less-than-perfect results) and maintain the original texture and flavor ... Read More »

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