Best known on TLC cable as the Cake Boss, Valastro shares recipes and a sometimes treacly tale of family, tradition, and ambition. A fourth-generation baker born in Hoboken, N.J., Buddy honors his Sicilian father, who taught him his craft, while marking his own rise from apprentice to master baker. His is the American dream told in flashbacks; like his show, the book plays on charm and the idea that to know Buddy is to like his work. Still, the book offers hard-won baking know-how. It conveys the dramatic sweep of Buddy's accomplishments as bolstered by his traditional values and family. For drama, it depicts, as mini-crises, the elaborate challenges and difficult designs that proliferate as Buddy's clientele expands to include Modern Bride and Britney Spears. However, despite great technical descriptions, including his bakery's cannoli recipe and photos of his spectacular cakes, Buddy's tale of immigrant success proves too familiar. (Oct.) (c)
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"Offers hard-won baking know-how ... [and] conveys the dramatic sweep of Buddy's accomplishments as bolstered by his traditional values and family." -"Publishers Weekly"See all Editorial Reviews
Gave as gift. Went to Cake Boss in New York and was thrilled to get recipes for pastries we tried.Published 3 months ago by Bonnie J. DuMond
Daughter loves cake boss. Great for autobiography but recipes don't workPublished 6 months ago by tabatha duplantis
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 8 months ago by Catherine Mary Rybka
Terrible recipe!! I spent lots of time and money making his "vanilla cake" the cake was beyond dense, took 6hrs to make the custard that went into the cake. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jet