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Home Baked Comfort (Williams-Sonoma): Featuring Mouthwatering Recipes and Tales of the Sweet Life with Favorites from Bakers Across the Country Hardcover – February 7, 2012

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About the Author

Kim Laidlaw is a cookbook editor, food writer, and baker who has been in the kitchen covered in flour since she was big enough to stir the biscuit dough. She has worked in the cookbook world for over nine years and was the first blogger on KQED’s popular Bay Area Bites blog, which launched in 2005. Kim previously worked as a professional baker at La Farine French Bakery in Oakland, CA. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Weldon Owen; Gift edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616282002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616282004
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #893,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found out about this book several months ago while it was an exclusive Williams-Sonoma purchase. A fellow blogger had contributed a recipe to it and when I peeked through the pages I knew I had to have it for my collection. As soon as it was released on Amazon.com, I snatched it up!

I've already tried a few recipes from the book and they've turned out great. They are simple with clear instructions, and a good amount of pictures to recipes. I also like how the book is divided into various recipe categories:

- Breakfast
- Breads
- Cookies & Bars
- Cakes & Cupcakes
- Pies & Tarts
- Custards & Souffles

I also like that this isn't your typical 'desserts-only' cookbook. As you can see from the sections, it covers sweet and savory, baked comfort classics. I've found that the recipes have all been solid across the board - from savory breakfast items, to sweet and decadent desserts.

It's a great item to add to your cookbook library.
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I did not expect much from this book to be honest, so it has been a really nice revelation. I've now baked three things from here and they turned out perfectly: red velvet cupcakes, blueberry lemon bread, and cranberry oat muffins (twice!). The muffin recipe is possibly the best one I've ever made or tried with a perfect mix of sweet and tart and a wonderful texture. I planned on taking them to work but my husband said "no way".

The q&a with bakers around the country is a nice touch. A good share of nicely done photos though not for every recipe. And I really appreciate the weight measurements. Overall a wonderful baking cookbook that will be used frequently in my kitchen and one I highly recommend.

UPDATE: This has officially become my go-to everyday baking book. I've baked about half a dozen things from here and every single one has been praise-worthy. The biscotti were the best I have ever tasted and the aroma while they were baking induced some serious drooling. Also thumbs up for the pumpkin cake with pecan streusel. The layout is very user friendly and I love that the recipes include weight measurements. I just can't say enough good things about this book!

2nd UPDATE: I won't downgrade my rating because this is still one of my favorite everyday baking books but wanted to note a few errors. The volume to weight conversion for sugar (and I think brown sugar) is off. Every other baking book I own says 1 cup sugar = 200g. But this book says 1 cup = 250g. None of the recipes I've made produced overly sweet results when using the weight measurement so I'm inclined to think if you use the volume measure, you may want to up the sugar a bit. The second error is in the recipe for the almond lemon cake from Tartine. It says the recipe produces two 9x5 inch loafs.
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I really like this cookbook. Recipes seem easy enough, the ones I've tried have been great and for the most part, I'm interested in all the recipes. There are maybe a handful that don't interest me, but it's based on personal taste not recipe quality. I've tried the Chewy chocolate meringues, Sour Cherry toaster tarts (actually I made them mini because they were for a dessert party and what a hit!!), Super Banana bread, etc. All delicious.
Some other things that I like about the book:
"Bakers Notes" with most recipes this is a little advice area about ingredients, how to change things up a bit, etc. Nice for the rule following baker like me who doesn't understand how to modify or vary recipes (read: cant!).
Following up on that, is the back which lists basic recipes. This is awesome for me because as a very detail oriented/recipe follower, when a cake recipe is given in a book, I get hung up on whether or not I can un-tweak it or not. It lists basic cakes, frostings and glazes, sauces doughs etc.
Also, a standard volume based pan size chart. It's very thorough too, no more searching the internet to see how many pans to convert a square to round cake etc.
The little single-page-length blurbs about the different acclaimed bakeries around the countries are nice touches. I'm glad that the one on Smitten Kitchen is small, I haven't tried that recipe, and it doen't look bad, but even though her website is visually and verbally attractive, the food has consistently fallen short (save for the recipes she lists that are from other sources). I may try it someday when I'm not worried about a kitchen flop.

The Comfort part of the book holds true.
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I baked a few desserts from these book and it tasted wonderful. The instructions is clear with beautiful pictures and alot of yummy recipes. I can't wait to bake from way through the book.
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Home Baked Comfort is a must have baking book for your cookbook shelf. These easy to follow and mouthwatering recipes hits you right off the bat and makes you want to jump on in to the baking progress. I do have to warn this is not low fat so beware if your one that watches your weight.

I’m a real mom that loves to bake. I have just about every cookbook and baking book I can get my hands on. One thing I’m though is picky about my cookbooks and what stays on my shelf. I want easy to follow recipes because I don’t have the time to try to figure out what someone is trying to say and no matter what I try it won’t work. I also need something different because I have so many cookbooks and baking book now it gets hard to find that something different. I was totally surprised that this baking had everything I look for. I enjoyed making the recipes as much as I enjoyed looking and reading them.

I loved the topic about baking they covered here are a couple. I loved the Ten Tips for becoming a better baker and enjoying it. I totally agree with them use fresh ingredients. I myself find most people stress when it comes to baking the thing is it’s not all that hard to do and the reward of your efforts is wonderful. The basic thing I had to grasp is don’t buy cheap butter, flour or etc. and make sure your ingredients are fresh. A couple of extra dollars goes along why in baking, believe me I found out a longtime ago you can’t cut corners and want the best quality product to come out of your oven.

I also loved the Top Baking Tools I Cannot Live Without. I have to agree with them on the stand mixer, there is no way I would want to go without mine. Heck, my husband thinks I would kick him out of the bed for the mixer and you know what he might be right LOL.
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