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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584798394
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584798392
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #737,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Baked Alaska to Florida's classic Key Lime Pie, restaurateur and cookbook author Brown (CakeLove) takes readers on a cross-country cakewalk, stopping for plenty of lore, local ingredients, and other sweet desserts (like cupcakes, scones and pralines). Divided into four regions (including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico), Brown's collection is a pleasant mix of the expected-Boston Cream Pie, Coca-Cola Cake from Georgia, Mississippi Mud Cake-and inspired niche desserts like Vermont's Maple Creme Brulee, Maryland's multilayered Smith Island Cake, Tennessee Mountain Stack Cake, and Avocado Cupcakes from (where else?) California. Brown does a commendable job helping cooks along with clearly written though occasionally complex recipes, all but ensuring a perfect Lady Baltimore, Margarita Mousse, or St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake. Rounded out with ephemera ranging from frosting tips to biographies of the king and queen of box mixes (the real Duncan Hines and the fictional Betty Crocker), this coast-to-coast compilation is a sweet home-baked slice of Americana.
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About the Author

Warren Brown left a career in law to pursue his love of baking. In 2002, he opened his first bakery, CakeLove, and he now has seven shops in the greater D.C. and Baltimore areas. The author of CakeLove: How to Bake Cakes from Scratch, he lives with his wife in Washington, D.C.

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Beautiful and full of yummy recipes.
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I plan on making every cake in the book and blog about it to my friends and family during the summer.
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Additional facts are scattered throughout the book.
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By S. D. Fischer VINE VOICE on May 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Warren Brown's follow-up to CakeLove: How to Bake Cakes from Scratch does not disappoint. United Cakes of America: Recipes Celebrating Every State has at least one recipe for each of the fifty United States (plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia) divided into four regions of the country.Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Luna on July 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
First off, I have great admiration for Warren Brown. I love the first book and I watched his show for interesting new things. This is one book you need if you love cake and you want a history lesson to boot. The bundt cake is amazing and the Whoopie Pies are the absolute hands down best I have ever made. The recipe is spot on and incredubly delicious. The book is worth it for that alone!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Warren Brown, without question, makes great cakes and he has taken that talent to developing or using regional tastes to have cake recipes from every state. Some are traditional cakes others are a little more esoteric. There is information about ingredients and equipment and many little boxes with baker's notes with hints and others with information about the cakes themselves or variations.
The 4 regions are represented, northeast, south, Midwest and west. Many cakes are from years past; a Dover Cake from the 1700's that will show you what cakes were like then. Other cakes from the past are some such as; Icebox Cakes, Tomato soup Cake, the traditional Smith Island Cake - history is given. There are also related recipes such as Rice Krispies Treats, and variations on pancakes.

There are lots of colorful pictures, almost one for every recipe, so many that it's almost a coffee table book. The print is very large and lists are divided into sections such as dry, wet, creaming, for serving, etc.

The cover has a cut out of the United States, one problem with this is that it catches on things, my Lake Michigan is already fraying.
Most of the cakes are not ordinary everyday cakes, they are not that hard to make; but they are mostly rich more for adults than children.
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Format: Hardcover
If every there was an example of culinary patriotism, it's Warren Brown's "United Cakes of America: Recipes Celebrating Every State". This superbly illustrated, 224-page compendium of superbly presented recipes showcases pound cakes, butter cakes, sponge cakes, cupcakes, frostings, fillings, and meringues. There's a cake for and from all fifty states of the Union. These bakery masterpieces range from Whoopie Pie; Angel Food Cake; Tennessee Mountain Stack Cake; and Rice Krispies Treats; to Bundt Cake; Apple Cake; Jalapeno Cheddar Cheesecake; and Huckleberry Scones. Enhanced with an informative 'Baker Overview', a list of sources, conversion charts, and an index, the recipes themselves are arranged regionally. Thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly', "United Cakes of America: Recipes Celebrating Every State" is a unique and highly recommended addition to personal, family, and community library cookbook collections!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gail on August 4, 2013
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We were looking for a book that would give some information on the 50 states and also some recipes - specifically baking: cookies or cakes. This book really hit the mark and was a big hit with our NATO neighbors who are now returning to France after 3 years here in the U.S. The only disappointment for me was that I did not pay close enough attention to the fact that this particular vendor listed the book as an "overstock" ( maybe a "remnant") ............ so the top of the book was discolored with a round permanent black marker dot. As a gift, I would have prefered it to be perfect, but I ordered the least expensive without really paying attention to the fact that it was a "closeout" -- can't remember the exact description, but it should have made me perhaps order from a different seller. Great book!
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