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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 »

Local Breads: Sourdough and Whole-Grain Recipes from Europe’s Best Artisan Bakers

The title Local Breads: Sourdough and Whole-Grain Recipes from Europe’s Best Artisan Bakers didn’t sit quite right with me at first. I don’t live in Europe and any bread recipe from Europe is certainly not one that is going to be “local” for me. But the title reveals more on second thought. The book is about bringing local specialty breads to you, making global recipes ... Read More »

The Ghirardelli Chocolate Cookbook

The Ghirardelli Chocolate Cookbook

There is certainly no shortage of recipes that use chocolate when it comes to baked goods, and there are plenty of chocolate-oriented cookbooks out there to choose from, so it can sometimes be difficult to recognize a good one on sight. The Ghirardelli Chocolate Cookbookis one that you can get away with choosing based on its name alone. Ghirardelli has been one of the most ... Read More »

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

Some say that necessity is the mother of invention, and in many cases this is true. But convenience – and laziness, as it could even be put – can certainly be a key part of the process, as in “I need to work less hard to get what I want.” This just might be the kind of thinking that inspired Artisan Bread in Five Minutes ... Read More »

Great Coffee Cakes, Sticky Buns, Muffins & More

Great Coffee Cakes and more!

It’s true that there are a seemingly endless variety of muffin and scone recipes when you include all the varied add-ins that can be mixed into any given batter, but when it comes to coffee cakes and breakfast pastries in general, are there really enough possibilities to fill up a 400 page book? The answer (of course) is yes. Great Coffee Cakes, Sticky Buns, Muffins ... Read More »

Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey: Desserts for the Serious Sweet Tooth

I was sold on this book the moment I read the title. With a name like Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey: Desserts for the Serious Sweet Tooth, how could any dessert-lover resist? The book has 75 recipes divided into four chapters: chocolate, puddings, cakes/cookies/pies and over-the-top treats. The recipes seem to be skewed to the chocolate chapter and all are named with the same creativity that ... Read More »

Southern Cakes, Sweet and Irrestible Recipes for Everyday Occasions

Southern Cakes

There is a lot to like about Southern Cakes, Sweet and Irrestible Recipes for Everyday Occasions – especially, of course, if you enjoy baking cakes. Two of the first chapters immediately jumped out at me and pretty much won me over. The first is entirely devoted to pound cakes, a Southern staple and a type of cake that just doesn’t get made as often as ... Read More »

Back to the Family

Back to the Family by Art Smith

Back to the Family┬áis a new cookbook by Art Smith, Oprah’s personal chef. A followup to his previous, bestselling work, Back to the Table, the book’s ongoing theme is that “food always tastes better with the ones you love” and that because family is one of the most important things in the world, we should take the time to get together with them. Food works ... Read More »

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