26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Easy to follow for superior results,
By A Customer
This review is from: How to Bake: Complete Guide to Perfect Cakes, Cookies, Pies, Tarts, Breads, Pizzas, Muffins, (Hardcover)
I descend from a long line of Sicilian cooks. I bought Nick's book to help refine techniques when I opened my Cottage Tea Room last July (after having retired from teaching 46 years) which serves traditional English Cream Teas with an "as my Wimsey takes me" flight into cakes, cookies, pastries, candies and other delights not particularly English. However, I did need a perfect Scone recipe - rich, light and moist. I was joyful to find several recipes in Nick's book. I tried the basic recipe and it delighted me and my clients! Of course, I made several modifications as all of us who love to cook do. Imagine my mischievous delight to be able to tell my clients who were certain I had brought back the recipe from England (where I have studied and which I visit as often as I can) that my scone recipe is based on that of a Sicilian culinary genius. Bravo Nicola! This June I am expanding to a lunch service. You can bet I am purchasing more Malgieri cook books. Maybe I can find a caponata or a gemelle recipe to match my late mother's. And yes, I find all the recipes a joy to follow. I especially like the fact that Nick adapts recipes to be made by food processor, mixer, blender or the old way - by hand and strong arm.
Caterina Musso Lacey The Cottage Tea Room Moriah, N.Y. 12960 firstname.lastname@example.org