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"Berenbaum successfully bridges the gap between popular home baking collections and professional texts, and her recipes will endure long after novelty baking trends have tired." --Library Journal
"The gigantic, beautiful dictionary delivers on the title's promise: This is the bible of baking." --People.com

"Beranbaum, a veteran cookbook author and baker, divides this worthy tome into four sections: Cakes; Pies, Tarts, and Other Pastries; Cookies and Candy; Breads and Yeast Pastries. ... Classic recipes—think pumpkin pecan pie—are aplenty, but first-time recipes and unusual selections such as the author’s Pink Pearl Lady Cake, Cadillac Café’s milk chocolate bread pudding, and an Amish BlueRhu pie make this title a must-have gem." --Publisher's Weekly

"The Baking Bible puts up no such facade. Each recipe is broken down so specifically that none fits on a single page — a positive thing when it comes to baking recipes. All that detail ensures the results are as delicious in reality as they sound on the page."  --TheKitchen, (Apartment Therapy)

"This cookbook will make you want to rush to your kitchen to made desserts and snacks such as the Ischler, a lovely Austrian sandwich cookie, Lemon Jammies or even brioche, crumpets or meringues. For people who bake from the heart, "The Baking Bible" fills a spiritual need." --The Houston Chronicle

"Rose's latest masterwork is full of precise measurements, fastidious instructions, and, most important, recipes that work. This book will walk you through the intricacies of a pastry chef's kitchen -- and out the other side with more than a few delicious tricks up your sleeve." --Martha Stewart Living

"Rose Levy Beranbaum is a legend in baking and pastry cookbooks ..." --Eater.com

"For the serious baker, the book’s mechanical precision will lead to perfect results ..." --Time.com

About the Author

ROSE LEVY BERANBAUM is the award-winning author of nine cookbooks, including The Cake Bible, the International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook of the Year for 1988, and Rose's Heavenly Cakes, IACP Cookbook of the Year for 2010. She also won a James Beard Foundation Award in 1998 for Rose's Christmas Cookies, and her 2003 book, The Bread Bible, was an IACP and James Beard Foundation nominee and was listed as one of the Top Ten Books of the year by Publishers Weekly and Food & Wine. Her popular blog, realbakingwithrose.com, has created an international community of bakers.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (October 28, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118338618
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118338612
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By BumbleB TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 28, 2014
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First of all, I am a seasoned amateur baker, not a professional pastry chef. And as much as I cook a lot -- and all kinds of things from low carb to vegan to Paleo and whatever traditional American cooking looks like -- my real love is to bake. And I especially love to bake completely from scratch where I need to buy some special, good quality ingredients and carve out a few hours or maybe over a couple days to savor the process.

For those of you, who like me, love to bake and aren't afraid to jump into detailed recipes that require some technique, then Rose Beranbaum's baking books are for you. "The Baking Bible" is the follow up to her last baking gem "Rose's Heavenly Cakes" (and her other timeless classics like "The Cake Bible" and "The Bread Bible "). The writing and the layout I loved with Heavenly Cakes is still intact and improved with the addition of specific helps called "GOLDEN RULES," "SPECIAL TIPS," and "TROUBLESHOOTING."

Some Heavenly Cakes recipes reappear in a new form such as the "White Chocolate Caramel Buttercream" -- a "White Chocolate Lemon Buttercream" redux that I guarantee you will love (the original version is my #1 all-time favorite cake frosting EVER). The Red Rose Cake is a new version of the previous Rose Red Velvet Cake in a new shape of a 3-D rose instead of the heart.

While I admit I am focused on cake so far, "The Baking Bible" includes Beranbaum's best to date pies, pastries, tarts, cookies, candy, bread and preserves. Although the title says "bible," this isn't intended to be an exhaustive collection of baking recipes, but rather updated winners and the best recipes and techniques one could expect from the writer of some of the best-loved and award-winning baking books we'll cook from for years to come.
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My "verified purchase" states I have the Kindle edition of this book when, in fact, I actually have the hardback edition.

I might have died and gone to Heaven. Dorie Greenspan and Rose Levy Beranbaum both released baking books this fall. Forget Christmas. I have everything I need to be happy for the rest of the year.

The Baking Bible is a massive anthology of recipes to satisfy your baking needs. It runs the gamut from cakes to yeast breads and hits almost everything in between. This is an impressive collection of recipes that you will use for a long time. One of Rose's birthday cakes as well as her prosciutto loaf from her bread cookbook have been favorites in my home for over ten years now. The book will stay open to cook from, without the aid of a cookbook stand, from the first page to the last. The only downside to this (and it is my ONLY criticism of the book) is that this type of sewn binding is likely to cause you to have pages fall out later if you use the book often (and you will).

The chapters are divided as follows: cakes; pies, tarts and other pastries; cookies and candy; and breads and yeast pastries. Each chapter is further subdivided into specific categories. For example, the cakes chapter is subdivided into butter and oil cakes, cupcakes, sponge cakes, and cheesecakes. The book opens with Rose's Golden Rules of Baking. Then each individual chapter has a lengthy introduction that helps the cook troubleshoot common baking problems and includes more "golden rules" for being a successful cake baker, pie baker, etc. If you know Rose's recipes, you know she is a stickler for weights, measurements, and following directions. Each recipe begins with a chart that clearly delineates measurements for volume and weight.
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By Bill Marsano. Rose Levy Beranbaum has been called `the most meticulous cook who ever lived,' and I can say that's a title she deserves. I met her once when we happened to be seated together during a swank corporate lunch at a fancy restaurant. There was a basket of really nice-looking crusty bread on the table, and I deftly snagged a piece. En route from basket to my plate the slice fell under Rose's critical eye, causing her to gently opine `They have some nerve serving burnt bread!' I paused, turned the slice over and--lo and behold!--it WAS burnt on the bottom. I dropped it like a hot rock. Now she's back in print and meticulous as ever with these 500-odd pages of recipes. Most are for cakes [butter and oil cakes, cupcakes, sponge cakes, cheesecakes and more; pastries, pies and tarts; and cookies and candy; others are for breads and yeast pastries; all are precise in every details. And the measurements are given by weight in grams [the more precise way to measure] as well as by volume. Then there are all those wonderful tips--use brown butter for chocolate-chip cookies! Cut cheesecake with dental floss! Lower the heat when using glass pans! But take warning: I don't know what it is about the appeal of alliteration, but there are at least a dozen other books on the market calling themselves 'bibles' in one way or another. Make no mistake: Rose's 'Baking Bible' is the one that has the status holy writ!-Bill Marsano blogs about wines and spirits at pouredwithpleasure.com and bakes for a hobby. His breads come out well but his pizzas are mostly shaped like Australia.
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