Synopses & Reviews
The Williams-Sonoma series has revolutionized kitchens and cookbooks with its delectable recipes and sumptuous photography. From culinary classics to concoctions sure to impress any dinner guest, these volumes provide everything home cooks need--including basic techniques, a glossary, an extensive index, and illustrated sidebars. With its fresh editorial concept, thorough research, award-winning contributors, and superior photographic standards, the Williams-Sonoma Collection is a kitchen library favorite. Joining the Williams-Sonoma series is "Cake, with recipes for Birthday Cake and Devil's Food Cake, Espresso Pound Cake with Lemon Zest and Almost Flourless Chocolate Torte, cakes for each season, as well as a chapter devoted to decoration. "Cookies brings Chocolate Chip Cookies and Lemon Bars, Brownies and Nutty Butter Balls, Ruby Jewels and Cigarette Russes, as well as tips on decorating with any type of confection. "Christmas offers treats for everything from soups to nuts, including Crab Bisque and Red Oakleaf Frisee Salad, Standing Rib Roast with Yorkshire Pudding, Gratineed Leeks and Greamed Spinach, English Trifle, and special holiday breakfasts and drinks. Finally, "Muffins serves up classics like Blueberry and Bana-walnut Muffins alongside such innovations as Jalapeno-Cornmeal Muffins and Muffins Florentine, as well as delicious recipes for muffin-like coffee cakes and quick loaf breads.
Blueberry muffins crowned with a cinnamon and sugar topping, savory cornmeal muffins spiced with jalapeand#241;o, tender lemon and poppy seed muffins served with lemon curdand#8212;these are recipes that any home cook would be proud to make and bring fresh from the oven to the table.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Williams-Sonoma Collection andlt;iandgt;Muffinsandlt;/iandgt; includes 40 kitchen-tested recipes for these and other muffins as well as coffee cakes and quick breads. Not only can the recipes be prepared in just an hour or twoand#8212;they are also wonderfully versatile. Banana-walnut muffins and slices of pumpkin bread are delightful ways to bake with fresh fruits and vegetables. You can serve muffins flavored with Cheddar cheese or pesto as a savory accompaniment to soups and salads. Coffee cakes enriched with raspberries, apples, or chocolate make elegant centerpieces for breakfast, brunch, or afternoon tea.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Each recipe in these pages is shown alongside a beautiful full-color photograph that helps you decide which recipe you want to bake. Additional photographs illustrate side notes with invaluable information about essential ingredients and techniques. You will also find an entire chapter devoted to simple baking basics. This cookbook provides everything you need to create delicious muffins perfect for any meal or occasion.
About the Author
andlt;Bandgt;Beth Henspergerandlt;/Bandgt; is a widely acclaimed expert on baking and has written many books on the subject, including andlt;Iandgt;Bread for All Seasons, Bread for Breakfast, The Best Quick Breads,andlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;Breadandlt;/Iandgt; in the Williams-Sonoma Collection series. Her andlt;Iandgt;Bread Bibleandlt;/Iandgt; won a James Beard Award. She also writes a column on baking for the andlt;Iandgt;San Jose Mercury News.andlt;/Iandgt; Ms. Hensperger lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.