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The book is beautifuly photographed. The recipes are easy to follow. I can't wait to bake even more out of the book.
The book is divided into types of dish, including: Cookies, Brownies, Cakes Muffins Cheesecakes and Meringues, Tarts Galettes Pie Quiche Cobbler and Crumble, Bread and Pastries, Ice Cream Frozen Yogurt and Sorbets, Confections and Drinks, Jams and Jellies, Base Recipes, and Ingredients, Equipment and Conversions.
There's a lot of personal stories and name dropping in this book, making it clear that the author has a level of not just passion, but pride in what they do. You learn why they included the recipes and ingredients they did, and what makes them the best.
In addition to the recipes, there's also a TON of extra tips and techniques in this book. There are step by step photos of how to deal with vanilla beans, there's a whole section on perfecting macarons, there's a guide to tempering chocolate. It's clear the author wants to help you succeed with their recipes! There's also a lot of storage advice, which is appreciated.
As I mentioned, the photos are beautiful. A lot of the things look too beautiful to eat (I mean, not that that'd really stop me, but you know what I mean). There's an abundance of photos too, at least one per recipe though there's often more.
One of the downsides is that some of the ingredients are relatively hard to find, like sakura flavored white tea leaves. You'd need to plan well in advance for some of these recipes, they don't all lend themselves to spur of the moment baking.
Some of the recipes that sound the best to me include Sour Cherry and White Chocolate Macarons, Sakura Madeleines, and Isabella Grape and Kefir Ice Cream.
This book is fantastic, and any home bakers looking to up their game or to more finely hone their baking techniques would find something to benefit from in this book.
I received a copy in exchange for my honest review.
While the recipes are mostly for desserts, there are also several excellent bread recipes. I first tasted Simit at Simit Sarayi, a chain of Turkish bakeries – this one was in London and I fell in love with these chewy sesame-coated pieces of heaven. So the first recipe I tried from this impressive book was the Yeast Simit. They were quite easy, and so good, that it’s no wonder that Simit is a bread that has become extremely trendy. I made the Banana Walnut Muffins, which were immediately devoured, and every time I pick up the book, there seems to be something new to add to the queue. There is a recipe for a Fig, Thyme, and Blue Cheese Galette, as well as Crispy-Chewy Oatmeal Walnut Cookies, Lime & Ginger Cookies, Double Chocolate Bundt Cake, and Vanilla Bean Meltaways to name a few “must-taste” baked goods.
Sometimes famous cooks try to intimidate their readers by making the recipes seem more difficult than they really are. Sonmezsoy, on the other hand, makes the ones in this cookbook easy to understand with concise step-by-step instructions. The target audience here is the home baker, and there is something for everyone, whether a seasoned baker or a beginning baker.
The photographs are beautiful, the book is well-organized, and every baker will fall in love with Turkish baked goods. The Artful Baker: Extraordinary Desserts From an Obsessive Home Baker is highly recommended as a must-have in any respectable recipe collection.
Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.