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The New best of BetterBaking.com: 200 Classic Recipes from the Beloved Baker's Website Paperback – October 15, 2009
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But of course, that isn't the only reason to buy this book. Although it's not as much of a technical work as, say, Baking Illustrated or The King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion, it's still a very comfortable, well-worked-out book. There could be more pictures, although the use of heavy color stock means that even at a mere 324 pages it's still a heavy book. The recipes have a definite populist slant, as you might expect from a book extracted from a website's archives, with quite a few clones of things like Pizza Hut pizza and some very unusual scones, as well as numerous unusual and creative things like dueling-crust apple pie (pie crust below, phyllo on top), and even some joke recipes (evidently you're not to call certain fried dough preparations "beaver tails"). Surprisingly, Goldman doesn't cover things like puff pastry, which still has a reputation for being somewhat difficult.
I wish this was a five star book, but it has some gaping flaws. For one thing, it uses volumetric measurements, which is a constant annoyance when it comes to baking books. For another thing, despite being written and published in Canada, there are no metric measurements to be found anywhere. Goldman does navigate some of the trickier bits of the North American flour menagerie, though perhaps not to quite the level of detail the subject really needs. Overall, it's a very strong book, but it's weakened by a bunch of the usual publisher copouts. It shouldn't be your first baking book, but it's an excellent choice for your second.
The "Secret Underground" carrot cake is my all-time favorite--so much so I bake it for my own birthday. It requires A LOT of ingredients including the unusual orange oil and extras like crushed pineapple and golden raisins, but it's delicious mouthful after delicious mouthful--not a dry, cinnamon-y where's-the-carrot cake from a box (nor commercial bakery).
Other must have recipes are: Big n Buttery Bake Sale Buns, Black Top Cookie Cheesecake (a secret recipe Oreo cheesecake covered in chocolate ganache, and a smash everywhere I brought one).
There's plenty in here for an avid baker and her fans to enjoy. If you are new to baking or don't have the patience to set aside a few hours or to plan on a special trip to the store for specific ingredients required--this book isn't for you.
If you prefer cookbooks with lots of pictures and step-by-step; this isn't that kind of cookbook. However, if you relish baking more complex recipes with that you can bring to a get-together and please alot of people, The best of [...] is a winner.
*Review refers to the 1st edition in paperback.
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Someone gave me this book as a gift and while it is nice you can find the same recipes other places on the Internet. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Forensic Doc
Marcy has always had winning recipes to make and learn from!! As always Marcy has come out with another winner!!!Published 23 months ago by Teresa Garrett
Lots of tasty recipes for getting back into baking. Love her style of writing.Published on July 28, 2014 by Shopper
Marcy is an awesome baker. I have this and her "Passion for Baking" book, and I love them both. I orignally bought "A Passion for Baking" as a gift for my mother. Read morePublished on June 19, 2014 by lyfesapeach
This book contains a recipe for carrot cake that rivals any carrot cake I've ever had. In my opinion, this recipe alone was worth the price of the book!Published on June 15, 2014 by JLMpenn
I love using Marcy Goldman's baking books. Her recipes are so good and her instructions easy to follow. I highly recommend her books.Published on February 7, 2014 by Momof7