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The Weekend Baker: Irresistible Recipes, Simple Techniques, and Stress-Free Strategies for Busy People Paperback – August 17, 2008
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She has it divided into three sections: the first being quick desserts to whip up for unexpected parties, guests, etc., the second being recipes that you can prepare parts of ahead of time (which she also shows you how to do that with other recipes in other chapters), and the last section are recipes that require a little more time.
At the beginning of the book she lists common cooking tools and ingredients that you might want to stock your cabinets with.
I have made the mini elephant ears which were eaten quickly and this week I am trying the chocolate chip cookies. I love how she explains the baking process in the recipes and I couldn't be happier with this book!
It looks like a simple list of recipes that you probably already have in any number of other baking books, and really it is, but what makes this book so useful is that it's like all the best recipes in those books are condensed into one easy to read, easy to follow and easy to grab reference. It saves me time not because of any earth-shattering shortcuts, but because I don't have to sift through 10 baking books to find a recipe I want to make or spend time figuring out how I can spread out the recipe over time -- that's already done. And the author is fabulously reassuring that yes, you can do this if you have a few minutes, and yes, it will be worth it!
My only complaint: an index of recipes at the start of the three main chapters would make finding a particular recipe even quicker. Currently, I have to mark them with post-it flags, making my book look like it's eating a tibetan prayer flag.
Thanks for putting the fun back in baking!!
Now, I'll be honest there are 3 things that I think you should consider if you are considering buying this book.
1. This is a hard bound book, which makes it slightly challenging to keep open on your counter as you work throught he recipe. A couple of #10 cans will easily help you out but it is a bit annoying.
2. This book is said to be for those who love to bake but struggle to find the time. While I agree, I think we forget that there are a lot of people who "love to bake" yet assume baking means boxed cake/brownine mixes, premade pie crusts or frozen cookie dough - it is important to note that this book is for people who love to bake FROM SCRATCH and are too busy. (My friend was disappointed in the book when she discovered Abigail is NOT Sandra Lee!)
3. Further to my note in #2, if you are baker who relies on photo images to assure your finished result is correct, you may be disappointed. While the photos that are in the book are fabulous they are sparse and not available for every recipe.
That being said; The Ginger Snaps on the cover are fabulous! I now have a friend that expects the Banana Cake with Fudgy Frosting every year for his birthday and in a recent search for the perfect "shortcake" this book provided the winning recipe! A wonderful book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just received and love this book! Divided into sections for super-quick, make in steps, more elaborate... Just what a busy baker needs! Read morePublished 1 month ago by K. M. Carr
This is a fantastic book for anyone who is just starting to get into baking! The recipes I made were fantastic and I genuinely enjoyed making them, but to me the 5-star value of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sarah Jane
I appreciate this book as a working Mama, it makes it easy to divide the steps up. It's easy to read, which makes it perfect for baking with my daughter. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Not my real name
I've made about 6 of the recipes in this book and have not been disappointed with any of them. I love the variety of the recipes the author provides from quick and simple ones to... Read morePublished on May 15, 2012 by J. Policarpio
This is a great book! So far I have made five recipes from this book and I love them all! The Buttery-Pull-Apart Rolls are simply amazing! Read morePublished on April 29, 2012 by JO
This book is so used in my kitchen that we have literally worn it out - pages are falling out from constant use! Read morePublished on November 12, 2010 by Book Lover