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The Seasonal Baker: Easy Recipes from My Home Kitchen to Make Year-Round Hardcover – August 21, 2012
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100 Books for a Lifetime of Eating & Drinking
If you want to make an authentic tagine, bake mouth-watering cakes, or vicariously experience the life of a chef, you’ll find the book for it on this list.
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“So many chefs talk about recipes that can be made at home simply, easily, and successfully, but John Barricelli delivers. His sweets are just the kind you want to bake for family and friends, and just the kind that even beginning bakers can turn out. You will make these recipes year-round, and you’ll make them over and over again.”
“The Seasonal Baker is a dessert book you want to hug. It will actually become part of your kitchen (flour- and chocolate-stained) and not your library. John’s pastry is always straightforward delicious. And if you don't make his Banana–Chocolate Chip Kugelhopf, you are simply missing out on one of the things that makes life worth getting out of bed for.”
--MATT LEWIS & RENATO POLIAFITO
"I enjoyed getting to know John and his family through his heartfelt mix of savory and sweet recipes. He takes care to keep instructions clear and approachable; perfect for the home baker. I can't wait to try some of these with my family."
“My introduction to John was over his Lemon Daisy Cake at Martha Stewart’s studio. It was so light and airy and at the same time tart and sweet. This perfect dessert is a reflection of John’s background—a unique combination of family and professional cooking and baking, with his philosophy of using the best ingredients, that results in no-fail recipes. From simple Poached Pineapple or Grilled Peaches to Ratatouille Hand Pies, there is something here for everyone. I’m going to start with the Gingerbread-Pineapple Upside-Down Cake.”
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The Seasonal Baker is the same Size and has the same amount of Pages as the First Book, 287 Pages and as many Recipes:
1 Muffins, Quick Breads, Buns and other Breakfast Treats
2 Just Fruit, Poached and Otherwise
3 Cookies and Bars
4 Fruit Pies and Tarts
5 Cupcakes and Cakes
6 Crisps, Cobblers and other fruit Spoon Desserts
7 Frozen Fruit Desserts
8 Tarts, Quiches, Pastas and More
9 Focaccia and Pizza on the Grill
Other Contents, Ingredient Checklist, Equipment Checklist and Shopping Guide to Fruits and Vegetables.
I was hoping for more Layer Cake Recipes, the Book only has a hand full of them, the Citrus Angel Food Cake and the Lemon Daisy Cakes are two of my favorites, I like the idea of making Cheesecakes in Glass Jars for an interesting Presentation, whether is practical or not John Barricelli shows you how. The Banana Pudding Icebox Cake is another Good one, very easy to make, individual little Desserts in Pyrex Cups that are very Creamy and Luscious. There are many Cookie Recipes, I made Sour Cherry-Chocolate Chunk Cookies but I substituted the Sour Cherries for Cranberries and they came out so Good
The only Problem I find with this Book, for my Taste, is that they are too many Tarts and Tartlets Recipes, too many Crisps, Cobblers and other Fruity Spoon Desserts Recipes and also too many Savory Fruit Pizza Recipes and Focaccias, with and without Figs or other Fruits or Herbs. Did I mention Just Fruit Poached and Otherwise, yes, there are many of those as well and even Compote, Melon Soup and Gazpacho among many others,...a lot of Fruit Recipes.
However, it is a Great looking Book with all kinds of Recipes that covers just about everything even a Pasta Dish, Baked Ziti with Vegetables, Baked Quesadillas with Corn, Chicken and Jalapenos, and even several Ice Cream and Gelato Recipes. The Seasonal Baker Book, is Full of Beautiful Color Pictures in just about every Page showing you how the final Recipe should look like, ...and I like that. The Book arrived Super-Fast and without any Problems, I am glad I have it! ...Thank You D.D.
Recipes include; muffins, quick breads, buns, breakfast treats, fruit, cookies and bars, fruit pies and tarts, cupcakes and cakes, crisps, cobblers and fruit spoon desserts, frozen fruit desserts, tarts, quiches, pastas, focaccia and pizza on the grill. There is a good index and a list of sources
The recipes are not the simplest, but not terribly complicated either. The cobblers are the easiest to make and they turn out as delightful desserts. Our family enjoyed all of them and also the winter blueberry streusel pie and the baked ziti with summer vegetables - which although it calls for summer vegetables is a bit heavy for hot weather, but just right for a cooler day.
This is a good book to add to a cookbook collection, especially for those who desire some different baking and dessert recipes.