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Sugar Baby: Confections, Candies, Cakes, & Other Delicious Recipes for Cooking with Sugar Hardcover – April 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584798971
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584798972
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gesine Bullock-Prado, founder of the Gesine Confectionary product line and author of My Life from Scratch, has been featured in People, on the Food Network, and in many other national publications. She lives in Vermont.


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I am a baker, a writer, a cookbook author and an inveterate sugar addict.


If I can't teach you something new and exciting about sugar at least once a week, my job here isn't done.

Customer Reviews

Easy to understand and very well written.
Leesa Adamson
I definitely recommend this book to any serious cook who is looking to improve their sugar/pastry skills.
jtucker
I have now tried 7 of the recipes in the book, every one turned out just as it was meant too.
Angela Neal

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104 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca M. Riordan on March 25, 2011
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I love to cook, and I read a LOT of cookbooks. I read them like other people read novels. And I read every book on confectionery that I can get my hands on (there aren't alot, and most of them are of the Junior League variety--wonderful recipes, sometimes, but not a lot of information).

So I was delighted when sugarbaby showed up in my Amazon recommendations, and ordered it right away. I was hoping for a modern take on confectionery, and I was sure from other reviews that the book would be pretty. It's both of those things, and the two recipes I've tried so far (the matcha pastry cream and marshmallow fondant) were get-in-the-bowl-and-walk-around delicious.

What I didn't expect was the author's voice. She's funny. Actually laugh-out-loud funny. And very, very real. Just wonderful. I'm ordering her other book right now, just because I want to spend some more time with this amazing woman.

If you like to read cookbooks, buy this book!
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By rowanrose on March 31, 2011
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I've been toying with expanding my baking skills into the slightly scary realm of sugar work. I looked over A LOT of books before deciding on this one...and I am thrilled! Easy to read (and funny too!) Gesine makes the world of sugar easy to understand and far less daunting to attempt.

The first recipe I attempted was the dreaded and difficult to master Parisian Macaron. With this book in my hand (and the wonderful online video tutorial available the companion site [...] I knocked this recipe out of the park! Thanks Gesine!!

I would recommend this book to anyone really- it's great for the absolute beginner, and even seasoned cooks will get some fabulous new techniques and recipes out of it.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Angela Neal on March 25, 2011
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I love Gesine's books, they are well written, put together in a wonderfully funny manner. The companion videos are thoughtful and extremely down to earth. Shows that Gesine has a passion to truly share her knowledge and enjoys her craft. How could that not be infectious! I have now tried 7 of the recipes in the book, every one turned out just as it was meant too. There were no surprises. What you see is truly what you get. I am now looking forward to her next book "Pie it Forward".

I would whole heartedly recommend this book to any foodie. Your friends and family will think you are a culinary genious! This book should in all sincerity win many awards, it is that good!!!!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Maresa on March 9, 2012
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The book's narrative seems honest and thoughtful and the photography is very appealing. It gives you the impression that the author is "leveling" with you.I find that the Sources she recommends are very good although known by professionals and serious aficionados (Pastry Chef Central, Baristaproshop, nutsonline, flavorbank), unfortunately they are scattered throughout the book, so every time you want to recall a certain website address you have to skim the whole thing.

The approach is original but overly ambitious. The author attempts to go over all the stages of cooked sugar; and since that is no small task,some recipes had to suffer. There are some recipes in which she is very thorough (macarons is one of them, you can also check out her demo on Vimeo)and others in which you wish she had elaborate a good deal more, like the praline recipe. Her one paragraph instructions simply doesn't cut it. If you are interested in confections (candy, chocolate et.al.) you can check out the volume on confections by the Culinary Institute of America (from the "at Home" Series), there you'll learn the technique, and it doesn't take that much space, but it definitely takes longer than a couple of paragraphs. The gummies are another example of a recipe that lacks detail(she also mentions gelatine gummies in the text but only gives a recipe for pectin gummies), again you can find better instruction in the CIA's volume.

At some point the author mentions that listing a "number" of eggs as opposed to a weight in the ingredients list is very inaccurate (I believe there is no debate on that)but then she uses "number" on her recipes.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By K. Janzen on October 14, 2011
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The recipes in this book seem to be doable for the most part, but there are hardly any pictures! How are you supposed to know what you are making, and if it turned out right? Some of these things i had never heard of and I have no intention of taking all that time and effort to make something i have no idea what it will look like. I was very disappointed, will try a few more recipes and then pass it on to the next person. Very sad, because the cover is so beautiful i expected the rest of the book to be just as visually pleasing. :(
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By jtucker on June 21, 2011
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I love this book. The recipes are so easy to follow once you get a few basic techniques down. I did go to culinary school and I cook professionally, but I think any advanced home cook could have great success with this cookbook. If you don't have a stand mixer and don't have plans to get one, don't bother buying this book. I have never gotten so much use out of my Kitchen Aid.
I definitely recommend this book to any serious cook who is looking to improve their sugar/pastry skills.
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