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Good for Beginning Cake Bakers,
This review is from: All Cakes Considered (Hardcover)
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The first thing I noted about this book was the "Man Catcher" Recipe. It's the first recipe, and she breaks it up with side notes on the "how tos" of cake baking. She has a nice break down, but boy was I glad that was the set up of only that recipe as it was a little hard to follow if what you want is just to make the darned cake.
I tend to go through new cookbooks, skimming them as I go and tagging recipes that catch my eye for future baking purposes. There are definitely tagged recipes in this book - but not as much as you would think. I was also kind of upset to find two of Dorie Greenspan's cake recipes in here, as I *own* the original book they came from (Baking: From My Home to Yours, a book you absolutely need to own if you enjoy baking even a little. This is one of the few books that I can honestly say I would have paid the full retail value of $40 for and it would have been worth every penny). None of these recipes - as far as I can tell - are original. There's nothing new here and that's fine, though a bit redundant if you have been baking for awhile.
What this book would be good for is if someone wanted to progressively build upon their cake baking skills. Most of the ingredients are either easily found or on hand in a well stocked kitchen, your biggest investment will be in the pans. She also does have some useful random tidbits on choosing cake pans and things like freezing bananas (which I thought everyone knew, but I suppose not everyone's mother made banana bread as often as mine). In the end, this is a good book with some decent recipes that will help you bake a solid cake (or ten). It's just not a particularly creative or different cook book to complement your baking cookbook collection.