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Baking with the Cake Boss: 100 of Buddy's Best Recipes and Decorating Secretsby Buddy Valastro
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CALL IT THE BUDDY SYSTEM, because andlt;Iandgt;Baking with the Cake Boss andlt;/Iandgt;is an education in the art of baking and decorating, from kneading to rolling, fondant to flowers, taught by Buddy Valastro himself, the star of TLCand#8217;s smash hit andlt;Iandgt;Cake Bossandlt;/Iandgt;. With more than 100 of his most sought-after recipes, including birthday and holiday cakes and other special theme designs, this book is a master course that culminates in the showstopping cakes for which Carloand#8217;s Bake Shop is famous. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Following the arc of Buddyand#8217;s career from apprentice to master baker, andlt;Iandgt;Baking with the Cake Boss andlt;/Iandgt;offers readers the same on-the-job education earned by everyone who comes to work at Carloand#8217;s Bake Shop, with some of Buddyand#8217;s and the familyand#8217;s memories shared along the way. It builds organically from simple cookies and pastries to pies, flower-adorned cupcakes, and basic fondant cakes, to breathtaking cakes for every holiday and special occasion. And, as you progress from basics to bedazzlementsand#8212;like the safari cake complete with chocolate animals and a waterfalland#8212;Buddy shares his inspiring enthusiasm and stories from the shop in his inimitable voice. He also provides the tools for creating your own personal trademark cakes, with a chart that lets you mix and match cake, frosting, and liqueur syrup for cakes the way andlt;Iandgt;you andlt;/Iandgt;like them. And there are plenty of photos that illustrate artistic flourishes and decorations you can use to adorn your individual creations. With 650 gorgeous, step-by-step instructional photos that let you follow Buddy as if you were next to him in the bakery, andlt;Iandgt;Baking with the Cake Boss andlt;/Iandgt;is an incomparable dessert education that will become an essential reference for aspiring and skilled bakers alike.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Bursting with delicious, tried-and-true recipes, how-to boxes and sidebars, and numerous tricks of the trade, andlt;Iandgt;Baking with the Cake Boss andlt;/Iandgt;is a rare treatand#8212;a fun, accessible guide to baking, all in a gloriously designed, fully illustrated package worthy of the Cake Bossand#8217;s artistic vision.
"Valastro, owner of Carlo's Bake Shop in Hoboken and star of TLC's Cake Boss, gives would-be bakers a running start with this superb collection of recipes, tips, and decorating secrets. Valastro (Cake Boss: Stories and Recipes from Mia Famiglia) rolls up his sleeves and walks readers through the steps for making Rugelach, cream puffs, cannoli, and cakes before he breaks out the fondant, enabling readers to learn the fundamentals before attempting cakes that look like gift-wrapped presents or a Thanksgiving turkey. Inspired and engaging, Valastro provides instructions on piping frosting, trimming cakes, and making homemade pie crust — augmented with step-by-step photos. His attention to detail proves even more useful by the time fans try making his more elaborate creations, such as the two-tiered 'Animal Safari Cake,' which features wild animals, piped trees, leaves, and a waterfall, and spans 13 pages. Approachable enough for the novice, but challenging enough for the experienced home baker, Valastro's collection is a terrific and accessible resource that budding bakers can grow with. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Buddy Valastro, the star of TLC’s smash hit Cake Boss shares everything a home cook needs to know about baking as he takes readers through the same progressive training he had in his own apprenticeship.
Buddy Valastro, the star of TLC’s smash hit, Cake Boss, shares everything a home cook needs to know about baking as he takes readers through the same progressive training he had in his apprenticeship at Carlo’s Bake Shop.
Call it the Buddy System: an education in the art of baking, from rolling to decorating, flowers to fondant. Following the arc of Buddy’s career from apprenticeship to master baker, Baking with the Cake Boss offers readers the same on-the-job education earned by everyone who comes to work at Buddy’s home away from home, Carlo’s Bake Shop. It builds organically from simple cookies and pies to pastries and the ornately decorated cakes for which the TLC star is famous. And, as you progress from basics to bedazzlements, Buddy tells great stories from his family and career in his inimitable voice, sharing his inspiring enthusiasm.
Full of dozens of delicious, tried-and-true recipes, with step-by-step instructional photographs, how-to boxes and sidebars, and numerous tricks of the trade, Baking with the Cake Boss is a rare treat—a fun, accessible guide to baking, all in a gloriously designed, four-color package worthy of the Cake Boss’s artistic vision.
Everything a home cook needs to know about baking from Buddy Valastro, the CAKE BOSS of TLC's hit show.
About the Author
Buddy Valastro is an accomplished fourth-generation baker born in Hoboken, NJ. At an early age, it was clear that he was a natural baker and would go into the family business. He loved spending time with his father, a master baker, as his apprentice, spending countless hours in the bakery learning the old world secrets of baking. They dreamed that together they would make Carlo’s Bakery a household name. Since his father's passing when Buddy was 17, and with the help of his family, his father’s recipes, and his own innovative decorating and sugar art techniques, Buddy has taken Carlo’s Bakery to new heights.
Today, Buddy is is often asked to demonstrate, compete, and teach his craft around the country. At Carlo's, Buddy and his staff turn out thousands of wedding cakes, specialty cakes, and pastries weekly. His award- winning designs have been featured numerous times in different bridal and baking magazines. His memoir cookbook, Cake Boss: The Stories and Recipes from Mia Famiglia, is a New York Times bestseller and Carlo’s Bakery has been featured in books, newspapers, such as The New York Times, and television, mostly The Food Network, although he and his cakes have also been featured on The Today’s Show, Good Morning America, The View, and HBO’s hit series, The Sopranos. His next book, BAKING WITH THE CAKE BOSS, will be on sale in November, 2011.
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