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If Epicurious.com ever decided to do a cake-version of "Around the World in 80 Dishes," Krystina Castella's A World of Cake (Storey) would be a good book to have on hand. Truly global in her coverage, Castella's book is a great resource for anyone with a sweet tooth and particularly, a penchant for cakes.
The introductory chapter includes a year's worth of cake-appropriate holidays (October 2 for Gandhi's birthday; late May/early June for Lazybones Day in the Netherlands). My favorite part of the introduction is where Castella discusses cake categories: Chiffons, doughnuts, honey cakes, rice cakes, and more all have their place in the larger cake family. With 150 cake recipes showcased by region, there are some that are definitely familiar: King Cake, Black Forest Cake, Panettone, Mochi. And then there are the unfamiliar, and that's when things get really exciting. Malpuas from India, Nutmeg Cake from Armenia, Bolognese Rice Cake from Italy, Simnel from Ireland―the list goes on and on. Options for fillings, icings, and other flavors are presented with each recipe and interesting factoids about the specific recipe help put the cake in context. So if cakes have a special place in your heart and on your palate, you'll appreciate Castella's passion and knowledge about cakes and its world wide appeal.
Recipes to try:
- M'hanncha (Snake Cake) from Morocco
- Pan de Muerto from Mexico
- Vasilopita from Greece
Not what I expected, but I'm okay with that. its a very good walk through cake versions over the world. I might try some of these, they look very interesting.Published 4 months ago by Countess Yvette
A really great resource! I got this as a gift for my friend, and she loves it. It has everything a cake-lover would need. Thanks!Published 4 months ago by ZHildreth
This book has a discount but still overpriced in Amazon.com
I bought this book at a discount bookstore -- This book is amazing and has rich photography, full of stories and... Read more
I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 only because I found the recipes to be too complicated. I was hoping for a book with more basic, simple recipes, as well as some fancy ones. Read morePublished on May 25, 2013 by Rachel Shutts
I absolutely LOVE this book! It features so many recipes from all around the world and doesn't bore you with "the history of yeast dough" and stuff like that, which I can't... Read morePublished on March 17, 2013 by Captain
the book is amazing story and history. i try to search where 's the cake coming from and which cake represent each country, which make me give up. Read morePublished on February 18, 2013 by Jasmine