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Cake Boss: Stories and Recipes from Mia Famiglia Hardcover – November 2, 2010
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And that is just the beginning, as I turned the pages I found myself immersed in what family means to Buddy. As I found myself reading the history of the "Cake Boss" I became immersed in the strong sense of history. I enjoyed reading about the first cakes Buddy was allowed to make, to his growing talent as a baker... to his first wedding cake where he really began to flourish.
(Who knew reading about the history of a bakery and a family could be so interesting?)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. While I have heard of the show Cake Boss, I admit I have never watched it. I can assure you I am going to start now. This book jump started my heart for a family I did not know, and reading this book makes me want to know more.
I highly recommend this book for yourself or for a friend who enjoys baking. Gorgeous cover, fantastic pictures!
The stories are precious, although there will be few revelations for anyone who is a fan of the show.
Pages 1 thru 153 is is all about the cake boss not one recipe. Pages 154 thru 230 are fillers. It shouldnt take 2 pages to write a 4 ingrediant recipe for custard. Yes he was honest when he stated, "Never before published recipes." He was correct because he was making up the recipes as he publilshed the book. None of the recipes were tried and true. I believe I saw only 5 or 6 cake recipes if that. He stated he altered butter cream recipes from the Culinary Art School instead of altering his own. Come on cake boss what was the $25.00 for your book for you could have given us one unique recipe!!!
Then in his section where he states where he gets his supplies from....thats of no benefit either, he only list the 3 everyone knows about....Wilton, William Sonoma, and King Arthur.
If you want a bibliography about the Cake Boss thats what your buying. If you want to read the book go to the library and check it out but do not purchase it unless you like history books.
Downside: the recipes could use some better editing. For instance, in the Italian Custard - using Teaspoons as a measurement for butter is just plain silly. Every stick of butter sold in America is segmented into tablespoons. Also, Buddy could have translated extra large eggs down to large eggs- which are far more common in the home baker's fridge. And please check the custard recipe - it seems wrong - you have us putting a cup of the hot milk into the egg yolk/sugar mix in the bowl, but then tell us to take the pot on and off the heat to avoid cooking the eggs. I think the steps are out of order.
I baked the Vanilla Cake with my disastrous but delicious Italian Custard (it never thickened.) The cake is superb (maybe a bit sweet) and has a great texture, just like Buddy promises.
This book is in my glass kitchen cabinet on display - I'm sure I'll bake every recipe except the lobster tails - you think I'm stuggots?
Might have to trek across the GW to Hoboken soon. Remember, "Bakers Scrape!"
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was part of a gift for my Granddaughter for her birthday!!! She loved it and always has it with her.Published 5 months ago by Munchkin
Gave as gift. Went to Cake Boss in New York and was thrilled to get recipes for pastries we tried.Published 8 months ago by Bonnie J. DuMond
I loved the family history almost as much as I have come to love each and every one of the recipes I have been able to recreate in my little home kitchen.Published 13 months ago by Catherine Mary Rybka