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Recipes Just Don't Perform and Typos in the Recipes
on January 3, 2011
After trying 3 recipes (a cake and 2 frostings), I'm ready to throw this in the trash. I've never trashed a book, so that's saying alot. This is a beautifully put together and photographed cookbook, but, that's where it ends. The advertisments to sell this book are promising and misleading. I agree with the other unsatisfied reviewers about the consistency, taste and false advertising (vegan, tasty and safe gluten alternatives). I was so crushed after attempting and finishing my first cake (chocolate) from this cookbook- supposedly the easiest one, too. It was dry, tasteless, and crumbled to pieces. It wouldn't even stand up or transfer to a plate. I followed the directions exactly and was at a total loss as to what went wrong. I traced and retraced my steps. Finally, I went to Flying Apron's website, thinking they'd have a page set aside for the Cookbook consumers with pointers, tips, advice, special contact info, etc. Nope, nothing. So, I explained my situation and sent it off to their general e-mail. The response didn't answer my questions or address the problem, so I e-mailed back restating my case and asking again for advice. Again, the response came from someone that didn't write or speack english very, nor understood my problem. My impression was that this person does not bake but they decided to answer a baking question. We went back and forth...In the end, they said it was a typo in the cookbook and gave me no advice on how to properly make the recipe. No apology either. I warn you, the photos in the cookbook have to be made either using different ingredients or some type of a different process. I don't see how they can sell a cookbook with errors in the recipes and expect people to be satisfied. I'd like a refund.
Update- I don't know why, but I decided to try two frostings from this cookbook after the disastrous cake. They were to frost a cake from another cookbook. Both frostings had the consistency of soup after following the directions to the letter, and were horribly sweet. I've thought for a while and have a theory or two as to why these don't perform in my kitchen, but appartently do for their bakery and photo shoots. First, I'd like to point out that Flying Apron Bakery admitted to writing some of the recipes in the cookbook incorrectly. Aside from that, the weather could be an issue. Flying Apron is located in the chilly state of Washington- cloudy and raining a good part of the year. Alot of the recipes use alternatives like coconut or palm oil as the base for frostings. When working with these, temperature can be crucial. They may also keep their bakery very cold from air conditioning. I doubt they tried any of these recipes outside of their shop. If you're selling a cookbook to home cooks, it's imperative you test these recipes in a home kitchen, if not several. And since they're working with so many ingredients that are temperature sensitive, they should have tested them in warmer climates. Either that or put a disclaimer about the performance of the recipes being subject to climate and that they have not tried them elsewhere. I live in California and these recipes don't work. I'm not sure if it's because of the climate or because they're using special brands of ingredients or equipment that they are not letting the consumer in on.
All I can say is it has been a waste of time and moeny to try each recipe. This cookbook is worthless and I would never buy a book from Flying Apron ever again.