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Jim Fobel's Old-Fashioned Baking Book: Recipes from an American Childhood Paperback – April 3, 1996

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Isle Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (April 3, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962740365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962740367
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have this book in hardback. I have made at least 30 of the recipes from it and not once had a failure. I now bake pies exclusively from this book. I love the notes Mr. Fobel writes about the history of each beloved recipe. The books introduction makes facinating reading too. Great!
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I bought this book several years ago and still use it weekly. It is my absolute favorite cookbook! The recipes are easy to use and kid friendly. My entire family loves the sweet treats I bake using Fobel's recipes. What a wonderful cookbook. Thanks for sharing Jim!
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The format of the cookbook is simple and without airs, like the old-fashioned American desserts represented throughout. There are no elaborate photo spreads of artsy kitchen-work, just the occasional black and white photo from Fobel's family album. The font is reasonably large, so you won't have to squint even if your vision is getting a little fuzzy. Ingredients are set apart visually from instructions, and instructions are divided into short, convenient numbered steps that make the recipes easy to follow.

And as for the recipes--oh, my, the recipes! There's a marble cake that's hardly any more difficult to make than a boxed cake mix, yet infinitely more moist and delicious. There's a raspberry cream pie that we picked up the ingredients for on the spur of the moment (the raspberries looked too good to resist that week), and I can still taste its exquisite sweet-tartness. You'll find recipes for traditional favorites such as coconut cream, pecan, and pumpkin pies, but you'll also find things like banana meringue pie, Mrs. Paasanen's cheese pie, and a glazed strawberry pie. Cakes range from a golden fruitcake to burnt butter cupcakes, chocolate coffee cream roll, and a maple layer cake.

There are coffee cakes, sweet rolls, yeast breads, cookies of all kinds, and of course cobblers, crunches, etc. Whether you want something simple that mostly uses dry ingredients and a few things you probably already have around the house, or you're in the mood for something that uses the best of the season's fresh fruit, you'll definitely find it here!

Mr. Fobel started from a pile of crumbling, yellowed recipes that inevitably left out changes and whole steps that his family members knew by heart, and recreated the nostalgic wonders of his childhood for us to enjoy in our own kitchens. These are painstakingly tested recipes that come out beautifully and result in absolutely delicious foods, and this is a cookbook well worth purchasing!
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What makes this book special? That you can find there many of the specialties of American Baking. Instructions are clear and recipes fantastic. However, don't expect to find sophisticated desserts (I thought so). This book is for everyday baking. Perhaps you can adapt some of the recipes for special occasion, but this book will be your everyday baking guide.
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I have cooked side by side with Jim as a child and I know from being next to him as his assistent that he is a very creative person. Jim and I shared lots of excellant food and great fun through the years. I have to say he is a very talented man. I know you will love all his cookbooks and you will use them over and over again, if you love to spend time in the kitchen, I highly recommend all of his cookbooks.
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This is an excellent collection of recipes, mainly for pies, cakes and sweet treats, embellished with notes about many of the specialties and the conscientious cooks who first prepared them. The introduction and anecdotes that accompany the recipes are charming to read: Evoking an earlier, simpler time, they activate the memory and imagination as well as the salivary glands!

The book is easy to use, both in its convenient, lightweight paperback format and in the simplicity of its recipes, which present a welcome departure from today's pretentious, hyper-inflated culinary prose.

The one criticism we could level against the book is its lack of illustrations. The old-fashioned photos depict figures from the author's past, perhaps; they are fun to look at, but the recipes would be more useful if accompanied by pictures showing preparation techniques and finished products.

Still, the "Old-Fashioned Baking Book" an entertaining and straightforward approach to American baking, likely to tempt beginners and well as experienced cooks. Put on your aprons!
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Last time I counted which is quite awhile ago... I had over 300 cookbooks.. Can't even imagine what that total is today.. Yes I'm a cookbook junkie.. Most of us who collect cookbooks have many but use few seldomly if at all.

This is not one of the cookbooks that just sit and collect dust.. After reading every review on this book.. I too chose to dive in and buy.. There are most times than not that I dive in after reading countless reviews that have overwhelming awesome reviews on cookbooks and I'm glad I did... Other times not so much. One size doesn't fit all. Some cookbooks are better for some than others.. Some books although great, require expensive ingredients, or a long list of ingredients. Perhaps better suited for some where money isnt an issue or time isnt of the essence..Some cookbooks are more geared for experienced or maybe inexperienced cooks.

This cookbook is geared for anyone who wants good quality consistent baked goods.. Experienced ,inexperienced ,time to burn, quick turnouts.. Young or old.. Everyone and their mother will truly treasure this easy to use old fashioned baking book.. What I love even more than the ease and consistent results... Is the fact that Jim foble doesn't use 10,000 words to explain something that is explainable is 10 words or less.. I loooove that.. I hate when cookbook authors over complicate recipes making it where it seems too overwhelming to even want to try. I guess that's why most of us love watching cooking shows.. Always looks easier when watching than reading.

I have made maybe half the recipes in this book.. How many cookbooks can you say that about?? Each one better than the next.. The carrot cake on page 49 just delish. Grandmas peanut butter cookies... The best I've had or made..
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