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Baking is a precise science that needs to be followed to the letter if you want success. It is highly recommended to read the introduction and "The Parts Department" section before attempting any of the recipes in this book. The essence of Alton Brown's book is not to simply follow recipes, but to get a deep understanding of what is going on during the baking process. The introduction goes over the layout of the book and how it should be used (the ingenious "method flaps" for instance), the low down on how to read recipes, the importance of measuring by weight vs. volume, and baking's five core steps. The "Parts" section explains just that: ingredients. What is the chemical make up of proteins, carbs, and fats? Why is their interrelationship so important to success? How well do you know flour, eggs, sugar, and baking soda? Once you have the basics down and your parts measured it's time to get mixing. The rest of the book is smartly broken up by the six major mixing methods (Muffin, Biscuit, Creaming, Straight Dough, Egg Foam, and Custards). Each technique is explored in detail with recipes to follow. You won't find any ultra fancy recipes in Baking. The focus here is on the basics and getting the basics down right. Rediscover some old favorites like chocolate cookies and muffins, buttermilk pancakes, biscuits, shortcake, multigrain loaf bread, and good old fashioned cheesecake. There is no denying it, follow Alton's advice and you will be a better baker. Guaranteed. --Rob Bracco
My sister is a huge Alton Brown fan and this was a perfect birthday present. She absolutely loves it and used it to make a bunch of desserts!Published 1 month ago by Tori Olson
I love Alton Brown and his food techniques and colorful personality. Excellent book arriving in great condition!Published 4 months ago by Webfoot
Lots of good recipes and stuff to learn in here, BUT be warned. There are a couple of seriously major backfire-recipes in this book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mark Twain
An easy read and hands down the best reference for the home baker I have come across.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fantastic book with some great recipes and as always from Alton great methods. The carrot cake and cream cheese icing has been baked for two of my children's birthday's every year... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Erich Zann