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Pretty to look at and brimming with inspiring ideas on throwing a proper birthday fete, Kleinman's book could be equally at home on a coffee table or in kitchen. The book features 38 recipes for birthday cakes, contributed by such notable cooks as James Beard, Alice Waters, Tasha Tudor, Patricia Wells, Julia Child and others. The cakes vary from traditional to unusual, so parents looking for a kid's birthday cake will delight in Birthday Cupcakes, German Chocolate Cake and Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, while sophisticated chefs will be happy to find recipes for Aunt Frances's Ricotta Cheesecake and Benoît's Upside-Down Caramelized Apple Tart. Mini-essays by the contributors accompany each recipe, and a nostalgic theme runs throughout, as Robbin Gourley recalls her Aunt Florence's "prized and famous" Jelly Roll and Elizabeth Falkner recounts how her mother always made a Lincoln Log Cake because Falkner shares Abraham Lincoln's birthday. The recipes themselves are a mixed bag; generally, they're not very detailed and leave home cooks to figure out for themselves what instructions like "Roll the cake up with the edge of the paper" mean. The photographs and layout, however, are lovely. The Comforts Coconut Cake with Cream Cheese and Coconut Frosting is a pink and white fantasy; Grandmother's Chocolate Cake is divinely simple; and the Green Cake, with its shelled pistachios and light green icing, is exquisite. Kleinman (a food and floral photographer) and Miller (Chocolate; Espresso; Salt & Pepper) offer a picturesque meditation on an annual rite.
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Kathyrn Kleinman has been a dynamic part of the world of food and floral photography for over two decades. A James Beard award winner, she is the photographer of eighteen books, including the critically acclaimed Chronicle Books titles Sushi , Backyard Bou
Carolyn Miller is a writer, book editor, and award-winning poet living in San Francisco. She has written several cookbooks, including Chocolate , Espresso , and Salt & Peppter , all from Chronicle Books. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is a great cookbook. Classic recipes all in one place.Published 3 months ago by I guess I have to do this
Everything I tried was fantastic. I could not agree less with the negative reviews. After checking it out from the library on two occasions, I'm finally buying it for myself. Read morePublished 6 months ago by R. Scott
I saw this at my sister-in-law's house, so had a look thru it there, and actually bought this book specifically for the Princess Torta cake recipe, which I love!Published 23 months ago by Rebecca L. Barbacci
I love to bake and I love cakes. This book has a wonderful variety of receipes. Can't wait to try them all!Published on January 3, 2013 by Yolanda Joy Montano
I baked the German chocolate cake. Frozen grated unsweetened coconut was impossible to find... So I found unsweetened coconut. Read morePublished on October 18, 2012 by Cherstar
We received this cookbook as a gift, and I have have enjoyed reading the stories behind the cakes and the visual presentation of each cake is fabulous. Read morePublished on March 23, 2008 by W. Gross
I can't wait to try out the recipes in this book. The pictures are beautiful and I like reading the stories. It's a very cute idea and would make a great present.Published on November 2, 2007 by Diana
I LOVE this book and quite honestly I find the rather bland reviews perplexing. I tried the angel food cake recipe and it is by far the best I have ever made; tall, light and... Read morePublished on June 14, 2007 by B. Aiken