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The Fannie Farmer Baking Book Hardcover – March 16, 1996
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Needless to say, this baking guide is priceless. There is a General Information chapter which is basically a reference and "how-to" section containing detailed information on basic ingredients, how and why you should use substitutions, how to beat eggs, how baking powder works, etc. It works much like a baking primer, but reads as if an experienced friend is working alongside you. There follows detailed chapters on Pies and Tarts, Cookies, Cakes, Yeast breads, Quick Breads and Crackers. Each section has it's own little "primer" and is loaded with tips, different variations and step-by-step recipes.
Every recipe that I have tried (and I am a beginner-baker) has turned out terrific. I am still amazed at how easy it is to understand, considering there are no photographs, just basic illustrations. I found myself referring back to the book often and continue to be encouraged to try something new. After purchasing so many cookbooks and having them end up in the back of my pantry, this was a pleasant, welcome surprise.
A lot of the recipes in this book are Fannie Farmer originals and have been appearing in various editions since the late 1800s. The reason these tried and true standards have stuck around so long is because they are truly wonderful.
"The Fannie Farmer Baking Book" is not only filled with great, old-fashioned cookie, cake and pie recipes it also features plenty of high-end desserts, all accompanied by step-by-step instructions on exactly how to make each and every item. It's easily the most complete and informative book on baking out there. Novice cooks and experienced bakers alike will gain a lot from this well-researched and informative tome!
The minute I clapped my eyes on the book, and browsed through it I knew that this was going to be a good book. I was not disappointed with the results when I tested my first recipe, then my second, third and so on. The baked goods turned out great and tasted great. I have baked muffins, cakes, pies, breads etc and they all work.
This is a no-frills book that does not have any fancy colorful pictures. But, what it has are great recipes and lucid directions on how to bake.
I would strongly recommend this book if you are either exploring to hone your baking skills, or are an expert baker that can cojure up baked goodies at the drop of a hat. This is a wonderful book to have in your library. Nothing like eating a fresh slice of coffee cake (recipe in the book) with a cup of coffee on a Sunday afternoon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this is the best book. I love Fannie farmer. her original cook book is great too.Published 3 days ago by Sue Chamberlain
yes it did I purchased this to replace an old worn out copy.Published 23 days ago by Teresa Valenzuela
Just replaced the one I lost a decade ago in Hurricane Katrina and now I am wondering why I didn't do it sooner. Wonderful recipes with clear instructions. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. Cooper
Haven't tried anything yet but I love the way it is written. Practical advice and methods to use that I wasn't aware of. I'm looking forward to trying some of the recipes.Published 5 months ago by Sophie
Fannie Farmer is great cookbook so I ordered this one also. Great addition to my cookbook library. ThanksPublished 14 months ago by pastor/baker2