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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584797215
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584797210
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 9.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

After years in the advertising business, Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito decided to leave their day jobs and open a bakery in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Baked opened in January 2005 to instant rave reviews. The authors have been featured on Oprah, the Food Network, Martha Stewart’s daytime show, and the Today show. The bakery has been reviewed in countless magazines, both local and nationwide. Lewis and Poliafito live in New York City.

 

Tina Rupp is a New York–based photographer who specializes in photographing food and children. Her work can be found regularly in Food & Wine, Everyday with Rachael Ray, and Parenting magazines.


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I have had 2 cakes from this cookbook and although they are time consuming to make the end product is so worth the effort!
Turtledove
This book is great - each recipe I have prepared has been fantastic...instructions are easy to follow...makes you look like a great dessert baker...Fun to read also!!!
Pamela D. Reed
Most of the recipes are pretty complex but if you have the patience they are by far the best tasting desserts I have ever eaten!
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106 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Sarah TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I first saw Baked: New Frontiers in Baking while on vacation. My willpower not to buy any more baking books lasted for exactly one week until I swooped into my local bookstore, drooled, purchased, raced home, and whipped up a killer batch of the Baked Brownie. The balance of chocolate (11 ounces), butter (two sticks), a dash of espresso powder, a mix of granulated and brown sugar, and a hefty dose of eggs (five) give this brownie the ideal texture: the perfect marriage of fudgy and cakey without being runny or dense.

The next recipe I tried was the pumpkin chocolate chip loaf (the recipe makes two loaves). A seemingly straightforward blend of canned pumpkin puree, spices (allspice, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg), and chocolate, the complex flavors of spice and pumpkin were complementary without overwhelming. Although the recipe calls for one cup of vegetable oil, you also dilute it with 2/3-cup tap water, so the bread is pleasantly moist without being greasy or oily (I've had that happen all too many times in many quick breads).

Next on my list was the Brewer's Blondie, a hopped-up blend of of malt powder, malt balls, semisweet chocolate, and walnuts. Bars are one of Baked's strengths, including a decadent grown-up Rice Krispy bar, the elegant Honeycomb Bar (sweet tart dough topped with dried fruit, honey, and a shot of booze), S'more nut bars, and the Baked bar. There are also more complicated layer cakes (chocolate malt, chocolate/caramel/sea salt, Whiteout, Red Velvet), cookies, and breakfast treats such as scones, granola (yay, finally a low-oil granola full of fruit!), and quick breads. Pies and tarts? Feast on Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie, Tuscaloosa Tollhouse Pie, Peanut Butter Pie with Cookie Crust and Easy Fudge Sauce, and Classic Diner-Style Chocolate Pie.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Karen Euler on June 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Reading Baked, it seemed the authors had a new lens on American classics; as other reviewers have said, they interpret old standbys with higher quality ingredients and updated flavorings. I also liked the light humor expressed in a sparing use of candy to decorate the cakes. Here's what happened in the oven and on the palate:

1. Coconut Cupcakes (with coconut filling and coconut frosting). We served them to Mom on Mother's Day, and they were a hit. They require a bit of effort (wouldn't any cake that has filling?) but were light, fluffy, coconutty, and decadent. 2. S'more Nut Bars (rechristened Smut Bars at the party I brought them to) were rich yet casual. Baked's chapter on bars makes a convincing argument for whipping up bars and carrying them with you to any/all events. 3. The Whiteout Cake was a knockout. We used high-cacao white chocolate disks (Valrhona) for the frosting. A serious pleasure was decorating it with a few well-placed nonpareils, as recommended by the book's authors. 4. Today we made Peanut Butter Cookies (with milk chocolate chunks) because we're having some kids over. They look professional and taste perfect.

At least one reviewer has gasped about the amount of butter in these recipes. In their cakes, the authors call for shortening along with butter: perhaps this combination makes their cakes so fluffy and perfectly textured. Meanwhile, the frosting recipes have truly helped me turn a corner in my baking. The frostings for the cakes mentioned above require cooking, yet they are not difficult, and there's no thermometer needed. They emerge gorgeous, light, and inexplicably perfect. While dazzling your guests, it can be a little frightening to know these stunners contain so much butter.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Speckled hen on March 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am an avid baker, and recipe tinkerer. I appreciate some of the interesting flavor combinations, like the banana-espresso-chocolate chip muffins. And the scone recipe is top-notch. HOWEVER, often the ingredient proportions seem a little "off". Butter ration is twice what I've found in similar banana breads/muffins- maybe this makes them richer, or more decadent, but also makes them greasy. Likewise with the chocolate chip cookie recipe- slightly not enough flour, so it produces a flat and greasy cookie. I appreciate the innovative ideas, but I suggest "baker beware" of some things that need adjusting.
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38 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Alicia Giambrone on October 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
So far, I have made 4 items from this book and all have been top notch. Instructions are extremely clear and easy and this book would work well for those who are very experienced and also for those who are just begining working with pastry/baking. I am an ex-pastry chef and now just bake for fun. I have many favorite books, this is on its way to joining that list! Absolutely Delicious.
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181 of 235 people found the following review helpful By The Bee Bee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I'm suspicious when most of the other reviews for a book are from first-time reviewers and read like marketing copy from an inexperienced publicist.

Having said that, this title is generally an interesting read but, frankly, it doesn't cover nearly as much new ground as you might be led to believe by the marketing hype.

The concept/conceit of naming your book "New Frontiers in Baking" puts the burden of impressive creativity on the authors and I'm not sure they delivered. Yes, the baked goods are nice to look at, but the book has a self-congratulatory tone I didn't care for.

The overall book design is pleasant, and the typography is especially well conceived. One thing that's noteworthy about the design is that the recipes are easy to read from the counter top (you would think that's a no-brainer, yet many designers fail to grasp how people actually use cookbooks...but that's another discussion). The photos are very pretty, but I'm dismayed to see more of the same cliched Martha-Stewart-short-depth-of-field style, whose look is getting tired. And no, this is not--as one reviewer put it--a "coffee table" quality book. That's just more hyperbole.

The recipes? A little gimmicky, and mostly overwrought. The concepts are mildly inventive, but they simply don't represent "new frontiers" in baking. Many of the authors' "new ideas" come in the form of extra steps that might make the finished product look good in a retail environment but, in the end, just add work, complexity, and expense for the home baker. It's gilding the lily.

On the whole this is a nice book but it falls somewhere in the middle of the pack of recent baking titles. Compared to newly released classics like "The Modern Baker" by Nick Malgieri and "The Art and Soul of Baking" by Cindy Mushet, this title seems superficial and unsubstantial.

To give "Baked: New Frontiers in Baking" five stars just serves to further render meaningless the rating system.
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