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Pure Dessert

Pure Dessert

One of the reviews of Alice Medrich’s latest cookbook, Pure Dessert described it as being a book about “elaborate simplicity.” It seems like a contradiction in terms, but the description is actually right on in sentiment: in the book, Medrich puts her considerable cooking/baking skills to the task of getting the most flavor out of simple, high-quality ingredients. The cookbook is divided up by flavor, ... Read More »

Peter Reinhart’s Whole Grain Breads: New Techniques, Extraordinary Flavor

Peter Reinhart’s Whole Grain Breads: New Techniques, Extraordinary Flavor is one of the nominees for best Baking and Pastry Cookbook in the 2008 James Beard Awards. If you’re not familiar with the awards, they’re designed to recognize excellence in the food industry with awards for everything from best chef to best new cookbook to best newspaper food section. But fans of Peter Reinhart won’t need ... Read More »

Gordon Ramsay’s Fast Food

Gordon Ramsay's Fast Food

Lately, I’ve been watching more Gordon Ramsay – both the new season of Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares (UK version, not US) – and have been enjoying it more and more. While the US shows play up the more sensational aspects of Ramsay’s character a bit more than the British ones, his overall goals of creating dishes with clean, simple flavors always seem to come ... Read More »

Luscious Creamy Desserts

Luscious Creamy Desserts

Cookbook author Lori Longbotham has a whole series of cookbooks that start with the word “luscious” in the titles. Luscious Chocolate Desserts. Luscious Berry Desserts. Luscious Lemon Desserts. The word is excellent for inspiring thoughts of richly satisfying, melt-in-your-mouth desserts and indulgences, but I think that her newest book, Luscious Creamy Desserts has topped all of her others in terms of inspiring a desire for ... Read More »

Top Chef: The Cookbook

Top Chef: The Cookbook

Generally speaking, the cookbooks that are spawned by popular TV series are not necessarily collections of culinary greatness – largely because most regular TV series are not really food and cooking oriented. Bravo’s Top Chef is a big exception to this rule, as it is a regular TV show more than it is a food network-style cooking show but it happens to be all about ... Read More »

A Baker’s Odyssey

A Baker's Odyssey

There are two main ways to learn how to bake. One way is to teach yourself, working with recipes as guidelines, and one is to have a teacher to demonstrate the techniques involved to you. No one learns exclusively with one method or the other, so it’s not surprising that any time the two come together – descriptive recipes and experienced teachers – we get ... Read More »

How Baking Works: Exploring the Fundamentals of Baking Science

How Baking Works: Exploring the Fundamentals of Baking Science

You’ve probably heard it said that baking is a science. It’s true. It works like this: multiple ingredients get mixed together, heat is (usually) applied and a few chemical reactions later you have something truly delicious to eat – as long as you did everything right. How Baking Works: Exploring the Fundamentals of Baking Science is a book that tells you everything you need to ... Read More »

Gluten-Free Baking Classics

If you have a gluten intolerance (Celiac’s), wheat is out of the question as far as your diet goes. And when wheat goes out, so does a whole category of foods: baked goods. Wheat flour is the basis of the vast majority of cakes, cookies, breads and other bakes, so it’s no surprise to hear that the inspiration for this book was to give those ... Read More »

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