When Duff Goldman, Food Network's "Ace of Cakes," envisioned Charm City Cakes in Baltimore nearly a decade ago, his goal was to make wonderful cakes for friends and family. As word spread about his fabulous creations, his dream grew into a nationally renowned business staffed by a team of talented professionals, including musicians, artists, and creative souls with experience in architectural modeling, graphic design, deejaying, coffee making, performance art, dog walking, sculpture, painting and more.
Aces of Cakes: Inside the World of Charm City Cakes is a celebration of the bakery that started it all. This colorful scrapbook is loaded with stories about Duff's early days as a graffiti artist turned young chef, his successes and hilarious disasters, and the amazing team he built step-by-step. Through candid interviews and profiles and hundreds of photographs, illustrations, and collages, the book shows how energy, inspiration, collaboration, and a bit of luck can conspire to help anyone achieve their creative vision.
Of course, at the center of this stunning book are Charm City's Cakes. From the simple to the breathtakingly complex, Duff shows off some of the bakery's more unusual techniques and tools that shape their famous creations. He also offers a behind-the-scenes look at his Food Network show, shares his most incredible customer stories and requests, and reveals some of the bakery's favorite cake facts and tips—along with a comprehensive episode guide and a monster cake montage featuring seven years' worth of the bakery's astonishing cake creations.
Duff Goldman studied at the Corcoran School in Washington, D.C., and was a young graffiti artist of some notoriety. He started working for acclaimed Baltimore chef Cindy Wolf while attending the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He studied pastries at the Culinary Institute of America and worked at the French Laundry under acclaimed pastry chef Steven Durfee, at the Vail Cascade Hotel and Resort, and at Todd English's Olives restaurant in Washington, D.C., before opening Charm City Cakes in Baltimore in 2000. Duff is also a sculptor and artist, and a musician who plays bass in the rock band . . . soihadto . . . . He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
When his younger brother was born, Willie Goldman couldn't pronounce "Jeffrey." It came out "Duff," and the name stuck. A screenwriter and producer, Willie began his career at NBC Burbank, where he worked on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Later with Greg Kinnear, and Hang Time, and then moved on to Warner Bros. Television, where he worked on the Emmy-winning drama E.R. for seven seasons. Willie also wrote an adaptation of the acclaimed James Crumley novel The Last Good Kiss. The co-creator and coexecutive producer of Ace of Cakes, Willie lives in Los Angeles.
The pictures and illustrations are very well done.
If you love cooking and particularly if you enjoy the show Ace of Cakes, I'm sure you'll thoroughly enjoy Duff's retelling of his story and Charm City Cake's story!
Ok, I'll get back to my review of the book... I think even folks that don't love the show will enjoy this book.
gift. person really liked. delivery was fast brand.new just as decribed!
Enjoys having in collection, especially now that show is no longer on.
Love the show and the people on it.
It fills out the cast of the show into their reality. They are more than just cake artists.
I don't think you have to be a fan of the show to enjoy this book and I've found that the best way to enjoy it is not to try to read it in one sitting, but rather read one story at... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Anatoliy Ryaboshapko
I brought this as a present for my girlfriend, she is a big fan and loved it. It is a very good companion to the show and i would strongly recomend it.Published on December 8, 2011 by Steve
Fun read for all Ace of Cakes fans and any Cooking or Baking Fan... Just relax and read... Very enjoyable and good receipes...Published on October 17, 2011 by Chef Cupcake
The book is good and interesting If you like the show. However, I would not recommend it if you want recipes etc. Read morePublished on July 28, 2011 by Kirsten!
As a fan of the TV Show I just loved this book. I know it's not packed with recipes, but the stories and insights into the world of Charm City Cakes is quite fun and inspiring.Published on July 11, 2011 by Gerarlop
Easy to read, enjoyable content. I wish there had been more pictures of the cakes and that more of the pictures were bigger. Read morePublished on March 28, 2011 by A. Sor-Lokken
I've been a big fan of Ace of Cakes since the show premiered, so I was excited to get the book and get an in-depth look at the world that is Charm City Cakes. Read morePublished on March 21, 2011 by Peace Daddy