23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
one of the best baking books ever,
This review is from: Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston's Flour Bakery + Cafe (Hardcover)
There are mostly glowing reviews here, but seeing even one 3-star review prompted me to write my own review. I've been baking like mad from this book lately, and I'd describe it as a must-buy for home bakers of all levels. (Don't even get me started on how amazing the Flour bakeries in Boston are -- I'm a fan, but it's not required to love this book.) Joanne Chang has an amazing talent for taking something you already know and love, and making it even better. If you enjoy pumpkin pie, you will be stunned by the version in this book. Did you grow up loving chocolate pudding? Nothing can prepare you for Chang's better-than-perfect rendition -- deep, dark, lucious. Her cookies are instant classics -- friends and family will think you've become a better baker overnight. So even though some of the recipes might SOUND basic, they are anything but that. They are, as some of the recipe titles claim, the best versions you'll ever try. You can tell how much time and effort went into testing these recipes. I expect a total beginner would get great results. I've got a bit more baking experience under my belt, but I'm still impressed with every recipe I try in the book. Now when I need a flawless recipe, I'll always know where to turn. I wish I had more books as well-tested as this one, with so many recipes I'll be cooking (and enjoying) again and again. If you're hesitating for even a moment about buying this book, don't -- it's amazing.