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The New York Times Dessert Cookbook

When the food sections run in the newspapers every week, I usually skim through them to see if any recipes catch my eye before going back and reading through the articles. Naturally, baking and dessert recipes tend to catch my eye more than others. The problem with collecting newspaper recipes is that they are very hard to organize. This is true even if you have ... Read More »

Biscuit Bliss

Biscuit Bliss

Biscuits are such a simple food. Small, quick-rising, buttery and tender, they don’t take the time or energy that a yeast bread does – or do they? Although biscuits seem simple, anyone who has tried their hand at making them will tell you that there is more to a little biscuit than meets the eye. James Villas’ Biscuit Bliss is all about crafting the perfect ... Read More »

Pie: 300 Tried-and-True Recipes for Delicious Homemade Pie

Pie: 300 Tried-and-True Recipes for Delicious Homemade Pie

Even though some might consider a cookbook about pie to be a single-subject cookbook, I can’t put it in that category. Like cakes and cookies, pies are incredibly versatile are really could be considered a mainstay of baking – rather than a sidebar that doesn’t necessarily get that much focus (real single-subject cookbooks tend to highlight these out-of-the-spotlight dishes/ingredients, like S’mores). Pie: 300 Tried-and-True Recipes ... Read More »

Baking By Flavor

Sometimes, you get a sudden urge to make (or eat) a cookie – and any kind will do. But most of the time, it seems like the desire for a particular flavor is more likely to strike than the desire for a particular type of baked good. Baking by Flavor is a cookbook that has just the answer to this type of situation. It is ... Read More »

Baked: New Frontiers in Baking

Baked: New Frontiers in Baking

Baked is a New York City bakery that has become more and more popular since its opening by appealing to our love for the familiar – and our desire for something new. They take popular flavors, from well-known candies or favorite childhood treats, for instance, and give them a twist. This could mean putting together a milk chocolate covered malt cake that tastes a lot ... Read More »

S’mores: Gourmet Treats For Every Occasion

S'mores: Gourmet Treats For Every Occasion

Who doesn’t enjoy a freshly made s’more, with toasty, caramelized marshmallow melting into milk chocolate and delivered in between two crisp graham crackers? I know that I do, and I like the combination enough to experiment a bit with different variations on the theme, too. S’mores: Gourmet Treats For Every Occasion is a cookbook dedicated to the s’more and to creating tasty variations on it. ... Read More »

Sweet!

Sugar is not the only option when it comes to sweeteners for baking. Other sweeteners, natural sweeteners, have spread from the shelves of specialty stores to more mainstream ones, where they are more accessible than ever before. Agave syrup, for instance, is just one of many.  The only drawback to having all these items available is that it can be difficult to figure out how ... 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 »

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