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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; 1ST edition (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439183511
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439183519
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 7.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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"

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I've only tried 2 recipes and they turned out great.
Cupcake101
Buddy narrates the book in his trademark off the cuff voice and tells the story of his family history.
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I couldn't put this book down once, I started to read it.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Sheila A. Dechantal on November 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Cake Boss is more than a gorgeous book with mouth watering recipes. Cake Boss is a memoir of the Valastro family, Buddy's remarkable father who played such a positive role in where Buddy is today... and within the first few pages of this book you will know that this is a book about family. From Danny Dragone, who helps out wherever he is needed, Stephanie who was the first woman to work in back with the bakers (no small feat), Joey the brother in law who is not only married to Buddy's sister, but is also one of the top bakers, the counter is run by Buddy's sisters. Little Frankie who's been in the bakery business since he could walk, and Sal who has been with the bakery since 1960. This is truly a family business.

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!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By jennifer smith on December 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed the story of Buddy and his family, but what was more important to me were the recipes. These recipes are nowhere near bakery quality. I've tried several and they just aren't up to par. I don't believe they were "home tested" as claimed in the book. The vanilla and crumb cake were greasy and the custard was far from the best I've ever made. The crumb cake also overflows and makes a mess when baking and the baking times are really off. I am truly disappointed in the recipes.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Ptacek on November 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I'm a huge fan of the Cake Boss and ever since seeing the episode where he bakes Crumb Cake, I've been on a mission to find the recipe. The Crumb Cake recipe listed is not even close to the yeasty cake sold at the bakery. The baking time was way off and the base called for his Vanilla Cake recipe rather than the slighty sweet bread-like texture of the original. His Lobster Tails recipe is also included should you have unlimited counter space, time, and master baking skills. He states that the technique even took him years to master.

The stories are precious, although there will be few revelations for anyone who is a fan of the show.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly R. Stagliano on January 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Received this book for Christmas. I'm a home baker - and writer (my memoir is here on Amazon: All I Can Handle I'm No Mother Teresa.) Buddy and his team created a fun read, very true to Buddy's voice that we've come to know on the show. His love for his family shines through - as an Italian I could relate page after page. And I loved that he differentiated himself from Ace of Cakes' Duff Goldman by defining himself as a BAKER versus a cake decorator. That made really good sense. Cake Boss cakes look edible, not just interesting.

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!"
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sabrina on July 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I waited MONTHS for this book to be published. Then I read the reviews 1) he only talks about his bibliograpy 2) his recipes are altered. I WAS SHOCKED AND RAN to Barnes & Nobles to see for myself.

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.
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