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The Weekend Baker: Irresistible Recipes, Simple Techniques, and Stress-Free Strategies for Busy People Paperback – August 17, 2008
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A former pastry chef, Abby Dodge is a widely respected baking expert as well as a popular food writer and instructor. She studied in Paris at La Varenne and worked under superstars Michel Guerard and Guy Savoy specializing in pastry. She has held editorial posts at Parents and Woman's Day, and has contributed to over seven dozen special-interest publications, blogs and websites focusing on baking and family cooking. She studied in Paris at La Varenne and is the author of nine cookbooks, including Desserts 4 Today, a viral sensation, and The Weekend Baker, an IACP Cookbook Award Finalist. Abby is currently a contributing editor at Fine Cooking magazine, where she has been on the masthead since its first issue in 1994 as the founding test kitchen director. Abby's recipes have also graced the covers of Bon Appetit magazine. She's a regular guest on TV and radio, including guest hosting duties on Martha Stewart Living Radio. Her tenth book, The Everyday Baker ~ The Comprehensive, Must-Have Resource for Today's Baker is available for order. For more information about Abby, her cookbooks, blog and videos, please visit her website (www.AbbyDodge.com) or follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter (@abbydodge).
The Longer Story
What began as a love for baking at a young age, developed into a passionate and successful career for Abby Dodge. A widely respected, award winning, international acclaimed expert in baking and cooking for both kids and adults, as well as a popular food writer, instructor and media personality, Abby has a simple mission: To streamline baking and cooking for home cooks of all ages. Abby's stress-free strategies and simple techniques for busy people have garnered awards, rave reviews, and a loyal following because ".. despite her serious experience, her approach is relaxed and realistic."--Publishers Weekly
Abby began cooking and baking as a young girl at home in New York and Connecticut. She studied in Paris at La Varenne and later worked under superstars Michel Guerard and Guy Savoy, specializing in pastry. She has held editorial posts at Parents and Woman's Day, and has contributed to over six dozen special-interest publications focusing on baking and family cooking. Abby is currently a contributing editor at Fine Cooking, where she has been on the masthead since 1994. She founded the magazine's test kitchen, has written and contributed to over eighty articles to date, and serves as the magazine's guru for all things baking. Her recipes have also graced the covers of Bon Appetit magazine. Abby's practical advice, recipes, and tips continue to be picked up by myriad consumer magazines, websites and, TV and radio programs.
In addition to her regular blog postings, Abby shares her baking life on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. She's a regular guest on TV and radio including guest hosting duties on Martha Stewart Living Radio. desserts. She lives in the Connecticut town she grew up in with her husband Chris, their two children and pups, Joe and Chip. For more information about Abby, her cookbooks, blog and videos, please visit her website (www.AbbyDodge.com) or follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter (@abbydodge).
Author of Nine Popular and Award-Winning Cookbooks
Mini Treats & Handheld Treats ~ Delicious Desserts to Pick Up & Eat (September, 2012)
Desserts 4 Today - Flavorful Desserts with just FOUR INGREDIENTS (September, 2010) (a viral & critically acclaimed sensation)
Williams-Sonoma Mini Pies (September, 2010)
Around the World Cookbook, 2008 (Good Morning America Top 10 Cookbooks of 2008; Parents Choice Recommended Award 2008; Cordon d'Or Culinary Academy Award 2008)
The Weekend Baker, 2005, reprinted 2008 (Food + Wine Top Ten Cookbooks of 2004; IACP Cookbook Award Finalist)
Kids Baking, 2003 (Over 347,000 copies in print, translated into Spanish)
Williams-Sonoma Dessert, 2002 (Over 300,000 in print, translated into Spanish)
The Kid's Cookbook, 2000 (Over 368,000 copies in print)
Great Fruit Desserts, 1997 (Translated into six languages)
Abby has contributed or co-authored many cookbooks, including:
Baking Out Loud (Hedy Goldsmith, Clarkson Potter 2012)
B. Smith's Southern A to Z (Scribner, 2008)
The Joy of Cooking, 75th Anniversary Edition, 2006
Savoring America, 2002 (James Beard Award finalist; Ben Franklin Award winner)
Cookies for Christmas, 1999
The All New Joy of Cooking, 1997
Top Customer Reviews
She has it divided into three sections: the first being quick desserts to whip up for unexpected parties, guests, etc., the second being recipes that you can prepare parts of ahead of time (which she also shows you how to do that with other recipes in other chapters), and the last section are recipes that require a little more time.
At the beginning of the book she lists common cooking tools and ingredients that you might want to stock your cabinets with.
I have made the mini elephant ears which were eaten quickly and this week I am trying the chocolate chip cookies. I love how she explains the baking process in the recipes and I couldn't be happier with this book!
It looks like a simple list of recipes that you probably already have in any number of other baking books, and really it is, but what makes this book so useful is that it's like all the best recipes in those books are condensed into one easy to read, easy to follow and easy to grab reference. It saves me time not because of any earth-shattering shortcuts, but because I don't have to sift through 10 baking books to find a recipe I want to make or spend time figuring out how I can spread out the recipe over time -- that's already done. And the author is fabulously reassuring that yes, you can do this if you have a few minutes, and yes, it will be worth it!
My only complaint: an index of recipes at the start of the three main chapters would make finding a particular recipe even quicker. Currently, I have to mark them with post-it flags, making my book look like it's eating a tibetan prayer flag.
Thanks for putting the fun back in baking!!
Now, I'll be honest there are 3 things that I think you should consider if you are considering buying this book.
1. This is a hard bound book, which makes it slightly challenging to keep open on your counter as you work throught he recipe. A couple of #10 cans will easily help you out but it is a bit annoying.
2. This book is said to be for those who love to bake but struggle to find the time. While I agree, I think we forget that there are a lot of people who "love to bake" yet assume baking means boxed cake/brownine mixes, premade pie crusts or frozen cookie dough - it is important to note that this book is for people who love to bake FROM SCRATCH and are too busy. (My friend was disappointed in the book when she discovered Abigail is NOT Sandra Lee!)
3. Further to my note in #2, if you are baker who relies on photo images to assure your finished result is correct, you may be disappointed. While the photos that are in the book are fabulous they are sparse and not available for every recipe.
That being said; The Ginger Snaps on the cover are fabulous! I now have a friend that expects the Banana Cake with Fudgy Frosting every year for his birthday and in a recent search for the perfect "shortcake" this book provided the winning recipe! A wonderful book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've made about 6 of the recipes in this book and have not been disappointed with any of them. I love the variety of the recipes the author provides from quick and simple ones to... Read morePublished on May 15, 2012 by J. Policarpio
This is a great book! So far I have made five recipes from this book and I love them all! The Buttery-Pull-Apart Rolls are simply amazing! Read morePublished on April 29, 2012 by JO
This book is so used in my kitchen that we have literally worn it out - pages are falling out from constant use! Read morePublished on November 12, 2010 by Book Lover
Abigail is the real deal--she's a fine writer and a wonderful baker. The recipes I've sampled from this book to date have all been superb. Read morePublished on July 19, 2010 by R. Aries
I love to bake, and spent 27 years as a SAHM, giving me plenty of time to whip up complicated recipes. Read morePublished on February 26, 2010 by Becky reviews
I love this book. I've tried several recipes from it and they all turned out great. First I borrowed it from the library, then quickly decided to purchase my own copy. Read morePublished on August 10, 2009 by HanaasKitchen
I like this book a lot because it tells how to make the recipes
as time permits then put them together later. Useful for a busy person.
This book is probably the most useful I own for baking, but the book itself fell completely apart and is pretty much unusable now. Read morePublished on June 9, 2009 by Sara B. Lupkas