There's a good reason why supermarkets use a bread-scented aroma in their aisles - it recalls childhood days in the kitchen with mother with homemade bread in the oven and cakes and biscuits cooling on the side. Although today most bread is bought sliced and cakes packaged in cellophane, there is no denying that homebaked treats go down better and are more satisfying all round. This celebration of baking by Martha Day covers breads such as traditional Welsh bara brith together with the more exotic banana and cardamom; muffins in all forms; cakes from luscious walnut layer cake to the unusual lemon yoghurt ring; pies and tarts from traditional treacle to Georgia peanut butter; and cookies and bars encompassing drop cookies to shaped biscuits. Produced in true Lorenz style, it is an extremely attractive, well laid-out book. Special techniques are well illustrated and clearly explained whilst the luscious photographs almost make you think the delicious treats contained herein are real and edible. For anyone who loves baking and enjoys giving friends and family a treat, this offers a wonderful range of traditional and modern recipes to suit all tastes. - Lucy Watson
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About the Author
Consultant editor Martha Day has compiled this comprehensive collection of recipes. A contributor to many cookery publications and magazines, she is a keen home cook and enjoys baking for family and friends at her house in the country.