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A Passion for Baking: Bake to celebrate, Bake to nourish, Bake for fun Hardcover – September 15, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Oxmoor House; 1 edition (September 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0848731794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0848731793
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.9 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

HI, aside from my cookbooks, you can visit me at my website, Betterbaking, an online baking and lifestyle magazine I launched in 1997. That's where you'll find more of my original recipes as well as features, book and product reviews and I answer your questions on baking. You can also follow me on Twitter to get my free bonus Twitter Recipe of the Week. Check out my cake blurbs (along with other fine baking colleagues) at the New York Times Cake Blog, or you can hear me on Martha Stewart Sirius, often on the holidays (whatever time of year it is) taking - what else? baking!

My cookbooks include The 10th Anniversary Edition of A Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking (Whitecap Books, 2009) and The New Best of BetterBaking.Com (Whitecap Books 2009),

A Passion for Baking, (Oxmoor House, 2007) and the coming The Baker's Four Seasons with Harper Collins (2011).


More About the Author

Dear All,

I am delighted to announce my newest cookbook, The Baker's Four Seasons is now for sale in the Amazon bookstore as well as Kindle, (and other Ebook markets such as Itunes, Google Play, Scribd, and Oyster - via Smashwords where you can also order it). My first non-cookbook, When Bakers Cook (best cookbook on the planet -just check out the Chicken, Soups chapters alone!) as well as my poetry book, Love and Ordinary Things.

In addition to my cookbooks, you can visit me at my website, www.Betterbaking.com, a baking magazine I launched in 1997. That's where you'll find over 2500 more of my original recipes as well as features, book and product reviews. It's also where I answer your questions on baking. Hope you register for the monthly newsletter which also delivers the fresh, free and new recipes of the month.

In addition to The Baker's Four Seasons and When Bakers Cook, my other cookbooks include,

The Baker's Four Seasons Fall 2014
When Bakers Cook Fall 2013
Love and Ordinary Things, Poetry from the Kitchen, Wheat Field, and Heart AApril 2014
A Passion for Baking in softcover, 2014
New Edition Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking Whitecap Books
New Edition Best of BetterBaking.Com Whitecap Books 2009

My online life:
www.BetterBaking.com
www.MistressofScents.com
www.TangoConfidential.com

Meanwhile stay tuned! If you need to get in touch, just reach out
Editors@betterbaking.com

DON'T FORGET - you always get a BONUS FREE GIFT with my books - a 4 months free subscription to BetterBaking.com Recipe Archive Access (over 2500 more recipes!)

Warm wishes, happy baking and cooking,

Marcy Goldman
Author and Master Baker
www.BetterBaking.com

Customer Reviews

The recipes are well written and easy to follow.
T. Koehler
And so many great recipes all with beautifully photographed, mouth-watering illustrations.
D. Press
I own a few baking books, so far, this one have the best and easiest muffin recipes.
Amazon Customer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By TheDessertDiva on September 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have Marcy Goldman's two previous books and I can only say she gets better with each effort. This one is truly magnificent- filled to the rooftops with glorious photos that you want to devour themselves! But the recipes? This is a totally awesome, instant classic baking book. Each recipe features that trademark Goldman creative baking style she showcases at her site ([...]) and yet each one as easy as pie. This is NOT your average baking book (it also lies flat on the counter- Yea!) but it certainly is for all levels of bakers. Where else could you find grainy/healthy/decadent/holiday (she has one definitive recipe for each holiday) and even a quick baking chapter. This book is worth its weight in gold for the biscotti and cheesecake chapters alone. I know- I have already mailed out by-request biscotti from coast to coast and made her Chocolate Eruption Cheesecake, not once, but twice. Wherever I go- I am, thanks to this book, the most-requested guest. Recipes are worth every extra mile around the running track! Marcy- you've outdone yourself this time!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By VTS on December 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
"A Passion for Baking" is the latest book from master baker Marcy Goldman and is a treat in every sense of the word. With a tempting collection of over 200 recipes that range from muffins & cookies to pizza & savory breads, I had a hard time knowing where to start. Should I begin with the Toronto Blueberry Buns or the Vanilla-Apple-Cranberry Muffins? The French Country Bread or the Cinnamon Toast Bread? As with her previous books, Marcy's instructions are conversational and easy to follow, with helpful kitchen tips written in the sidebar. In addition to learning how to make some truly scrumptious treats you'll also learn, for instance, about different methods of making rye bread, what baker's caramel is, and when to slash your dough for a perfect loaf of bread. Chapters are prefaced by useful explanatory sections, which explain things like the various methods of cooking pizza (oven, pizza oven, cast-iron skillet, pizza pans) or how to bake muffins that truly puff. Most recipes are accompanied by eye-catching photos, which is always a plus, but what really sold me on this book was the inclusion of unique, creative recipes such as Hot Buttered Popcorn Bread, Sticky Cashmere Muffins and Cinn-a-Bun Cheesecake. I own many, many baking books so I appreciate it when authors make an effort to surpass the ye baking standbys by creating recipes that make you think, "Hmmm, I wonder what that tastes like? Let's find out!"

Chapters include: An introduction; Baking Secrets; Loaves, Large & Small; Rolls, Baby Breads & Buns; Pizza & Other Flatbreads; Scones & Biscuits; The Muffin Shoppe; The Cookie Jar; The Biscotti Bakery; Bars & Squares; Quick Breads & Coffee Cakes; Pies, Tarts & Pastries; Sweet Yeast Baking; Cake Creations; Say Cheesecake; Holiday Baking; Grainy Goodness; and Baker in a Hurry.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A. L. W. on October 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have been looking for a recipe for Doughnuts w/o yeast that taste good and don't need to be fried. Goldman did it! Her French Cruller Doughnuts were a huge hit with friends and family. I made it even easier and instead of using a pastry bag, i used an ice cream scoop. This recipe is worth the book alone. The other recipes are unique enough so that your not board but not so exotic that you're overwhelmed. Recipes like Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake, Cheesecake Truffle Bombs are examples of just that.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Fuss on September 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
When you open the pages of this book you will see incredible photos and the information that is included will make you feel as though Marcy is alongside you helping you with your baking. The pages open flat so it is so easy to follow recipes while the book is open to the page you want. Every chapter has recipes that I have perfected for friends and family and every chapter offers up detailed instruction and an array of fabulous baked goods. The chocolate sticks are in my oven right now.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By D. Smith on March 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I ordered this book after it was referenced on one of my favorite baking blogs. I'm probably what most would consider a baking snob-- I turn my nose up at warm, buttery rolls in favor of crustier, artisan bread. Likewise, the mall and the bookstore are not where I go to get tasty treats.

So, when several of the recipes were labeled "mall muffins" and "bookstore squares" I started feeling a little uncomfortable. Nonetheless, I gave the cookbook a chance and found out that the recipes are rather good. Plus, it is nice to have recipes for desserts that can be assembled in an hour (and do not require 2 days of work or 20 separate steps). In a nutshell, these are simple, reliable, homey recipes that are good for bake sales, baking with the kids, and pot lucks-- many recipes are also suitable for company.

The bread and pizza section are not suited to my personal tastes and convictions, but they do provide easy recipies for bakers who are in a hurry or need a good starting place.

Some of the language is a little annoying (e.g. the section on cheesecakes is called "Say Cheesecake" and one recipe is called "Grand Funk Granola Bars. She calls the cinnamon buns "sleazy good").

Some of the recipes are not reliable. The Blueberry Hill Cookies for example do not hold together (not sure how one egg is expected to bind two cups of oatmeal-- only 1/3 cup of flour did not help matters... they completely fell apart). This was not the only flawed recipe, but the majority of them seemed OK.
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