I am going to get straight to the point right now. This cookbook should be called: ‘STRAIGHT, NO CHASER’ due to the fact it starts upfront with recipes.Yes, that is correct. There are no introductions, no recommended tools or equipment, no pantry lists or must-haves. My kind of cookbook, indeed.
I would like to think that I am a decent cook. On the other hand, I am not the most fantastic baker in the world. After reading this cookbook, I am certain that I would have no trouble in preparing any of these recipes.
The chapters are appropriately named for each section. All the chapters and recipe titles are in small caps (love it!). I am going to share with you a few of my favorites from each section:
‘snacking cakes’ - pumpkin and cornmeal cake with orange syrup,
‘layer cakes, cupcakes & other party cakes’ – triple-lemon layer cake
‘cool & creamy cakes’ – coffee and cream icebox cake
‘fruit cakes’ – individual dried apricot and cranberry upside-down cakes
‘showstoppers & special occasion cakes’–chocolate-espresso mousse tarte
Other recipes include such classics as butter pound cake, german chocolate cake, cheese crumb cake, strawberry shortcake. This is a superb baking cookbook that should be added to all kitchen bookshelves. In addition, this would be a great gifting opportunity for the baker in your life.
I received this book free from Taunton Press through the Net Galley Reviewer Program for an honest and unbiased review.