- Hardcover: 424 pages
- Publisher: CHRONICLE BOOKS (2008)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006OHV41W
- Package Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.9 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,265,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Baking for All Occasions Hardcover – 2008
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About the Author
Flo Braker is the author of Sweet Miniatures and The Simple Art of Perfect Baking. She lives in Palo Alto, California.
Scott Peterson is a San Francisco-based photographer.
Chuck Williams is the founder of Williams-Sonoma. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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I also loved some of the really different recipes. The Zebra Cookies, which are called "chocolate-Vanilla Swirl are so cute along with the Chocolate-Dipped Cheesecake-sicles. Many of these could be served at an A-list event but they are easy. There is the Red Velvet Cake Roll, that is visually stunning and the Dark Chocolate Baby Cakes with Coffee White chocolate Ganache. There is a really nice variety of recipes and if you are not familiar with her work after baking from this book, you will likely go and try and find her older books. A nice set of 23 photos is included in the book as well as two indexes. One index is by recipe categories. Therefore looking for tarts and crostatas or yeast cakes, you'll find them more easily in this index. She also includes the standard index, just in case you are looking for all the almond paste recipes. These are not your grandmother standby recipes but they are so good you won't care with recipes to choose from like Old World Braided Coffee Cake. My advice to those who do like almond paste, try the Bundernuss Torte. Its a buttery tart pastry with a almond macaroon filling and hazelnut caramel topping. It is labor intensive and requires an overnight rest so be warned.
First, all of the ingredients are in bold face type - and all caps! Worse, several measurements are given for each item, so the ingredients list appears as an almost solid block of type - hard to read and impossible to keep your place in. Here's just one example, from Apple Cider Baby Chiffon Cakes - you'll have to imagine the bold as Amazon Reviews don't allow bold type.
1 CUP PLUS 1 TABLESPOON (4 1/ 4 OUNCES/ 120 GRAMS) CAKE FLOUR
3/ 4 CUP (5 1/ 4 OUNCES/ 150 GRAMS) GRANULATED SUGAR, DIVIDED
1 TEASPOON BAKING POWDER
1/ 2 TEASPOON FINE SEA SALT
1/ 2 TEASPOON GROUND CINNAMON
1/ 4 TEASPOON GROUND GINGER
1/ 4 TEASPOON GROUND CLOVES
2 OUNCES (1/ 2 STICK/ 55 GRAMS) UNSALTED BUTTER, MELTED AND COOLED
1/ 3 CUP (2 1/ 2 FL OUNCES/ 75 ML) APPLE CIDER
3 LARGE EGGS, SEPARATED
1/ 2 TEASPOON PURE VANILLA EXTRACT
Peterson, Scott; Williams, Chuck; Braker, Flo (2012-09-14). Baking for All Occasions (Kindle Locations 7766-7782). Chronicle Books. Kindle Edition.
In the Mac version of Kindle this list is in a pale blue. On the iPad version of Kindle, fully capable of displaying exactly the same thing as the Mac version, every page is in solid, unrelieved black. Worse, on the smaller format of the iPad/Kindle the longer lines wrap, making it impossible to keep track of where you are in the list!
There are NO pictures. Now, I don't particularly mind cookbooks that have no pictures if they are well done and easy to follow. That is decidedly not the case with Baking for All Occasions. Each and every recipe consists of page after page (you'll need to page at least 3 times for every recipe!) of pretty much solid type, broken only by a single blank line after each paragraph.
Each and every recipe is written for someone who has never baked anything at all before. They are far too wordy and extremely repetitive - page after page for every recipe! Some of these make Julia Child look downright reticent!
I love to bake, I love new baking books, I really wanted to love this book but frankly, I cannot read it - never mind cook from it. I had hoped that perhaps the print version would be better, but a peek inside the Look Inside shows me that the problems are simply inherent to the book. Whoever designed this has done a HUGE disservice to Flo Braker. (Scott Petersen is merely the photographer - not that there are many photographs. Why he is listed first as the author on the product page I do not know.) It is a rare thing that I literally cannot read a cookbook. Baking for All Occasions is going back to Amazon!
Two thumbs down! Grandma suggests that you invest in a book that you can both read and cook from easily.
- Frangipane ripple chocolate pound cake
- Eggnog pound cake with crytal rum glaze
- Chocolate chip cookie cake
- Blueberry muffins with doughnut topping
- Banana streusel snack cake (this one is to die for, so delicious!)
- Banana poppy seed cake
- Peanut butter pound cake with coconut topping
I intend to bake each and every recipe from this book, they're all just beautiful.
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across America her best recipes for all occasions. Great
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