- Publisher: Unknown (2008)
- ASIN: B003Q92MIA
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,203,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book
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I was astounded when I unboxed this brilliantly conceived cookbook (baking book). It is instantly recognizable that this one is near-perfect... and when one gets a chance to really look it over and use it, you additionally discover that, in fact, it's TOTALLY perfect! Here's why:
1. There are 700 high-quality, well-tested recipes.
2. This book is STURDY and lies open to your recipe perfectly.
3. The recipes are bound with 5 strong clasp-type binders, allowing you to remove the individual recipe that you wish to use (or, to add your own!)
4. The text is easy to read.
5. The organization of the text is terrific with "quick tabs" which stick out from the pages so you can go directly to the section that you want (17 of these, and you can read them from both sides).
6. The paper stock is heavy (no ripping of the page holes) and is of a slick texture as to resist stains from spills.
7. There are HUNDREDS of beautiful color illustrations throughout the text which illustrate techniques, "common mistakes," finished dishes, etc.
8. The substitution, equivalency, and conversion charts are all located on the inside of the front and rear covers.
9. There are nice sections on kitchen equipment (illustrated), basic techniques, and ingredients.
10. Beginners' recipes are so noted.
11. There's a beautifully-organized one-page table of contents.
12. The recipes are mostly one per page so there's no hassle with having to flip pages as you try to prep ingredients or bake.Read more ›
OK - why am I so in love with this book? Because the baked goods are everyday, homestyle, "like Momma used to make" recipes. Most cookbooks are a variety of everyday recipes mixed with what I call "fantasy" baking - nice to look at but not practical to make - or eat. Not this volume. There's not one intimidating recipe in the entire book. These items are the memories of my childhood. They are also the recipes that I never tried but always wanted to make. Plus there are elegant baked goods and rustic breads that will make you look like a super star instead of a super snob. Everyone will love them.
Where do I start with my praise? The photos. The cookbook is full of color photos - not the occasional giant, glossy photo of finished products - but smaller, relevant color photos for each section, each recipe, each baking food or product recommended, and each process. Almost EVERY recipe has its own set of instructional photos that follow the recipe through it's steps to the finished product. Where has this book been all my life?
Besides the excellent compilation of recipes, another big selling point of this cookbook is its "accessibility." Everyone from the most novice cook to an experienced baker will find something to admire in this volume. A novice baker will find lists of ingredients essential to baking along with photos, explanations about each item, and brand name recommendations.Read more ›
A few of the things I found most impressive about the cookbook:
1. It's very solid. The construction is not cheap and will help it last through many years of baking, flying flour and all.
2. There's a terrific pantry section in the front that covers the most common baking ingredients - it describes (and pictures) what the ingredient is, how it's used, and if applicable, any substitutions or ways to make your own.
3. Following the pantry section is one called "Bakeware and More: Stocking Your Kitchen". It shows pictures and describes what to look for in equipment, as well as listing test kitchen favorites and their prices. Each category shows several items, with the "must-have items" having a light yellow background to make them easy to pick out. Then come the specialty items, and just as important, the "10 Baking Gadgets You Don't Need".
4. The recipes cover the whole spectrum from basic to complicated and everything in between. Basic recipes are easy to pick out - they have a spoon and "great for beginners" in red. This would be a great cookbook for those with children to teach them the basics of baking. I plan on using it with my own two kids!
5. There are a TON of photos, hints and tips. Even if you've been baking for years, there will be *something* to learn.
Ok, so there are more than a few reasons I like this cookbook. All the more reason to add it to your collection!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this after some one recommended it for baking a wedding cake. I have taken baking classes and I still enjoy this book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Chris Pollard
Great receipts for baking almost everything at home. Well explained and highlights what matters for success. Read morePublished 5 months ago by CarIhl
My book is in great condition. What was practically brand new. I don't think anyone had actually used it, I still had to assemble all the sections. I am very happy.Published 5 months ago by Architecture Bunny
Every recipe in here is better than one you will find elsewhere. It takes extra time/steps, but it's worth it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by sl
Perfect recipes for gatherings, gifts, or just a treat at home! The America's Test Kitchen books are the best!Published 17 months ago by Grace Schenkle
Wish I could find more of these to give as gifts... not sure why it's not carried anymore... best baking book of all time. My neighbors think I'm a baking god or something. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amanda L. Don
I have owned the regular cookbook from ATK for years. I use it regularly. My gf loves to bake, so this was a no brainer. She loves it and hasnt been let down by a recipe yet!Published 22 months ago by Jim C