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TRYING TO DO SOMETHING NEW MAKES THE BOOK HARD TO USE
on December 29, 2011
I understand the the author is trying to do something new by melding essays with recipes, but the result is an overwrought, hard to use book.
I liked ( and use) Yockelson's earlier book, Baking by Flavor. That book was well organized and very easy to use, this new one, not so much.
Both the essays and recipe names/descriptions are presented in florid language that just tired me out before I even looked at the recipes
For me, the overwritten essays added nothing, and cute,over the top recipe names like " riot of ingredients break up " and " a 14 year old's rolls still tasty after all these years " told me very little about what I might be making.The book is divided into themes like "dreamyregal" and "contourfanciful" " lushexuberant" and those will not help me use this book. There is just too much cute fluff getting in the way of the recipes.
On the plus side, the book is beautifully designed and the numerous photos are very good, but the whole book is very aggressively PINK and girly.
This might make it even more appealing to some, but it seems to me this is a book destined to be looked at rather than taken into the kitchen and used.
For something more practical and easy to use, try Baking by Flavor.