Synopses & Reviews
Warren Brown wants you to bake your cake and eat it too. And he wants you to conquer your fear of flour and learn to love every step of cake bakingand#151;including, of course, the step in which you present your made-from-scratch masterpiece to bedazzled, hungry-eyed family and friends. (Not to mention the moment when you yourself get to sample a slice of that lovingly crafted creation.)
For Brown, love and baking are inseparable. After all, he abandoned an unrewarding career in law to do the workand#151;baking cakes!and#151;that he finds truly emotionally satisfying. Every page of CakeLove communicates that satisfaction, as well as Brownand#8217;s can-do approach to the art of baking. As he asserts, baking cakes isnand#8217;t a cakewalk, but itand#8217;s not rocket science, eitherand#151;and getting it right isnand#8217;t nearly as hard as you think.
Pound cakes, butter cakes, sponge cakes, cupcakes. Glazes, frostings, fillings, meringues. Brown provides all the basics on ingredients, equipment, and techniques, as well as recipes for more than 50 cakes that range from the classic (Chocolate Butter Cake) to the adventurous (and#147;Sassy,and#8221; a pound cake made with mango puree and cayenne pepper). The informative step-by-step shots make you want to run to the kitchen and start baking, and the scrumptious color photos of completed cakes look good enough to sink your teeth into.
Warren Brown spreads his CakeLove magic on Americaand#8217;s favorite courseand#8212;breakfast! In CakeLove in the Morning
, Warren covers everything: pancakes and French toast, frittatas and omelets, quick breads and cereals, bacon and biscuits. He adds his own trademark twists on classic recipes so youand#8217;ll soon be making Coconut Waffles with Bananas Foster topping, Breakfast Lasagna, or Multigrain Rum Raisin Scones. With recipes as delicious as these, youand#8217;ll never reach for a box of pancake mix again. As always, Warren leaves and#8220;no cabinet unopenedand#8221; and covers all the spreads, sauces, and salads that go along with your favorite breakfast and brunch dishes.
Praise for Cakelove in the Morning:
"CakeLove in the Morning is the kind of cookbook that makes it easy to wake up in the morning, filled with all sorts of exciting ideas for A.M. edibles.and#8221; and#8212;Serious Eats
Loving cake is a natural part of Warren Brownand#8217;s constitution. Now, in order to form a more perfect union of flour, eggs, butter, and sugar, heand#8217;s offering his unique take on classic dessert recipes from all fifty states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.and#160;Starting out with Baked Alaska (what else?), Brown tours the whole country, updating regional confections like King Cake (Louisiana), Lady Baltimore Cake (South Carolina), Mud Cake (Mississippi), and Key Lime Pie (Florida). There are official state desserts (Marylandand#8217;s Smith Island Cake; Massachusettsand#8217; Boston Cream Pie) and unofficial favorites (New Yorkand#150;style Cheesecake; St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake), as well as an ovenful of brand-new baked treats that Brown has created to honor specific statesand#8217; agricultural bounty (Avocado Cupcakes for California; Huckleberry Cake for Idaho). Eye-catching photos, informative sidebars, and a separate section on buttercream frostings complete the mix.
About the Author
Warren Brown has a bachelorand#8217;s degree from Brown University, and a J.D. and masterand#8217;s degree from The George Washington University. After establishing a career in health education and law, he realized his calling was in the kitchen and starting baking. In 2002 he opened his bakery, CakeLove, and LoveCafe followed in 2003. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Reneand#233; Comet is a noted photographer who specializes in food and still-life photography. A cook herself, Comet has a particular passion for cookbooks and has photographed more than 30, including The Artful Pie and The Joy of Cooking. She is also a regular contributor to Vegetarian Times, Food Arts, and The Washington Post.