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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK (October 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007259700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007259700
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1.2 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #958,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The book I've taken to most this season is by the Irish Nigella(except prettier, blonde and a better cook),Rachel Allen.Her BAKE is simply and engagingly written: one irresistible thing after another."Melanie McDonagh,Evening Standard

About the Author

Rachel Allen is a much-loved Irish TV cook and the presenter of four highly acclaimed series including Rachel's Favourite Food and Rachel Allen: Bake! Rachel was brought up in Dublin and moved to Cork to study at the prestigious Ballymaloe Cookery School. Today, she still teaches at the school, writing regular features as well as for national publications. She lives in Cork with her husband Isaac, their two sons and baby daughter.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Vera Ennis on November 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am enjoying this cookbook very much. The Irish-style quickbreads are easy and delicious and pies and cupcakes (fairy cakes!)are just as good. Rachel Allen is the delightful author of this cookbook. She comes from, or has married into, the Allens of Ballymaloe, a well-known cooking school in the south of Ireland. The north American user will not need to make the usual adjustments to reading a cookbook from an International source as Ms. Allen has made it effortless, using measurements and layouts that are familiar to us all. Her scone recipes are wonderful and while I have not yet ventured to try her yeast bread, I can't wait to do so. Her instructions are clear and easy and she writes in a comfortable style with humour. She also ventures into the Christmas season with the usual Christmas cake, pudding and mince pies recipes. There is a section at the end of the book on icings and frostings, which I have found very useful, and she even ventures to offer an "American" frosting. For anyone who is pastry-phobic, Ms. Allen offers a clear set of definitions of the different kinds of pastry and sensible instructions on technique for each. I find the photographic illustrations to be helpful and nice to look at and in keeping with the production values of the whole book. My only cavil is one of expectation. There is a section in the book on Baked Meals and I suppose since the book title is simply "Bake" she's within the mandate to include this. However, I find that I'm just not interested - these recipes may be wonderful, I'll just never know. Give me more cakes, tarts, scones and goodies, please!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Suzie Ridler on January 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
For the North American, perhaps this cookbook might be a little frustrating with its use of scales and questionable oven temperature conversions (I have scorched some treats) but if you own a scale and keep an eye on your desserts, you will be fine. Not only that, you will have wonderful treats to share with friends and family.

I have made four recipes that I adored, even when I screwed the macaroon tart one royally (my bad). It is true that not all recipes have a photo but there are many cookbooks out there that do not have half the photos this book does contain. The quality of the photos is fantastic and I like seeing Rachel here and there throughout the book in them, like she is there cheering us on.

The printing is high quality, each page a different pastel colour and there is even a blue ribbon place holder that utterly charmed me. All the recipes look amazing, many have variations like the banana bread. I was intrigued by "glace cherries" but went with chocolate chips instead.

For me, this is a great cookbook and love the look and feel of it as well as the recipes. Truly a treasure in my kitchen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SL Dublin on February 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Great book for learning to bake more difficult recipes - suitable for those who have the basics, but want to stretch themselves a little in the kitchen. Rachel is good for noting things other chefs forget in their books, for example, whether to line or grease a tin etc. Her books read well, possibly because she is clearly used to teaching the art of baking and this comes through onto the page. A nice book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 31, 2010
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Lots of breads, cakes, buns from a variety of traditions. Everything is covered if you want to make croissants from scratch you now have a receipe!

Some savoury food - baked dinners, pies.

I thoroughly enjoy what these receipes have produced.

Some of dinners took a while to prepare - she doesn't give preparation lengths in it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Don Chambers on September 12, 2014
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She is a great cook and author. Too bad Food Channel dropped her program
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I'm a big fan of Rachel Allen and I watch every episode even if it's reruns so I just had to buy this book and it's simply the best baking book that i own. I bought a handy kindle edition which helped me take it into the kitchen without bothering about where to keep a bulky baking book. Yeah! I can bake bread now with total confidence.
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