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This review is from: A Baker's Odyssey: Celebrating Time-Honored Recipes from America's Rich Immigrant Heritage (Hardcover)
Golden baked goods never looked so good. What pushes this cookbook a head of the pack is the enclosed DVD. The author takes time to demonstrate some of the recipes enclosed in the book that some might find challenging. Starting with pie crust, he also includes, Swedish cake, motza, cannoli and about 4 other recipes on the DVD. Having a DVD demonstrating some of the recipes with a cookbook is long overdue. I'm glad the cookbook world is finally attempting to incorporate technology where it can really benefit. Pairing this type of visual instructional manual with a diversity of recipes makes a great cookbook, a fabulously useful one. Not only does it basically begs you to try the recipes because you don't have an excuse with the enclosed demonstrations. But is helps insure success of the recipes it demonstrates. This should be the standard for most cookbooks.
Another thing that sets this cookbook apart is that it's a diverse offering of international baked goods. Mexican, Jewish, Italian, Hungarian, Thai, Chinese, Norwegian, Middle Eastern (Iraqi, Lebanese), Nigerian and so much more. Technology meets culinary diversity in the cookbook world, I hope this is the beginning of many.
This is a great gift for any occasion for someone who is afraid to bake and needs a little help. It will aslo be of interest to the seasoned baker who would enjoy a diversity of recipes added to their collection. This is also a great cookbook for parents to work on with their kids as a family activity because of the demonstrations. These types of activities can inspire creativity, critical thinking skills, and lead one to making a Basic Home Economics Course right in your own home!
Hopefully this book's use of of technology will become the standard and not the exception.
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