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All Cakes Considered

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ISBN13: 9780811867818
ISBN10: 0811867811
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Publisher Comments:

Melissa Gray is National Public Radio's Cake Lady. Every Monday she brings a cake to the office for her colleagues at NPR to enjoy. Hundreds of Mondays (and cakes) later, Melissa has lots of cake-making tips to share. With more than 50 recipes for the cakes that have been dreamed of and drooled over for a lifetimeincluding Brown Sugar Pound Cake, Peppermint and Chocolate Rum Marble Cake, Lord and Lady Baltimore Cakes, Dark-Chocolate Red Velvet Cake, and Honey Buttercream and Apricot Jam CakeAll Cakes Considered is an essential addition to every baker's library.

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"Turning the offices of National Public Radio into a sugar-dusted gastrolab, NPR producer Gray (of the news program All Things Considered) spent a year testing cake recipes on coworkers to find the most satisfying among them. The result is this eclectic but cohesive cookbook, with a gentle learning curve especially useful for novices. An untrained pastry chef herself, Gray begins with a basic, lemon-glazed sour cream pound cake (which she calls the 'Man Catcher') that introduces several key baking techniques: creaming the butter and sugar, incorporating eggs, beating batter, and lining the pan. She increases the skill level gradually as she goes, moving on to bundt, layer, and fruit cakes, followed by trickier temptations like angel food cake and the spicy, molasses-rich Appalachian Stack Cake. Each recipe comes with the story of its origin, reception, and variants. Readers will spot many bold-faced culinary names like Paula Deen and Ina Garten, but also obscure sources like out-of-print cookbooks, local publications, and small-town prizewinners. A handful of no-cake recipes includes cowboy cookies, butterscotch bars, and sinful fried pies. The instructional tone and homespun quality are signature NPR ingredients; fans of the network will find this cookbook a useful and companionable tool for family eating, potlucks, and easy entertaining." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

From National Public Radio's Cake Lady, Melissa Gray, comes this collection of more than 50 cake recipes and cake-making tips accompanied by 24 color photos.

About the Author

Melissa Gray is a producer for National Public Radio's All Things Considered.

Annabelle Breakey is a San Francisco-based photographer.

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breeholman, January 25, 2010 (view all comments by breeholman)
If you want to learn to bake, this book is the place to start. If you are a sometime baker, like me, I think you'll still love this book. The pictures are yummy and so are the cakes. Gray's quirky sense of humor makes this not only a fun book to cook from, but to just read. Gray does a wonderful job of teaching new techniques by walking you through each step. I have made several of these cakes and my family, friends, and co-workers have been delighted to gobble them down.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780811867818
Author:
Gray, Melissa
Publisher:
Chronicle Books (CA)
Photographer:
Breakey, Annabelle
Photographer:
Voss, Stephen
Subject:
Courses & Dishes - Cakes
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Cakes
Subject:
Cakes
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 13 up to 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.25 x 9 x 1 in 2.21 lb
Age Level:
from 18 up to 99

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Product details 224 pages Chronicle Books - English 9780811867818 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Turning the offices of National Public Radio into a sugar-dusted gastrolab, NPR producer Gray (of the news program All Things Considered) spent a year testing cake recipes on coworkers to find the most satisfying among them. The result is this eclectic but cohesive cookbook, with a gentle learning curve especially useful for novices. An untrained pastry chef herself, Gray begins with a basic, lemon-glazed sour cream pound cake (which she calls the 'Man Catcher') that introduces several key baking techniques: creaming the butter and sugar, incorporating eggs, beating batter, and lining the pan. She increases the skill level gradually as she goes, moving on to bundt, layer, and fruit cakes, followed by trickier temptations like angel food cake and the spicy, molasses-rich Appalachian Stack Cake. Each recipe comes with the story of its origin, reception, and variants. Readers will spot many bold-faced culinary names like Paula Deen and Ina Garten, but also obscure sources like out-of-print cookbooks, local publications, and small-town prizewinners. A handful of no-cake recipes includes cowboy cookies, butterscotch bars, and sinful fried pies. The instructional tone and homespun quality are signature NPR ingredients; fans of the network will find this cookbook a useful and companionable tool for family eating, potlucks, and easy entertaining." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , From National Public Radio's Cake Lady, Melissa Gray, comes this collection of more than 50 cake recipes and cake-making tips accompanied by 24 color photos.
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