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.
Cookbooks with recipes for baking with sugar (in the oven), continue to top the bestseller lists. And yet, no one has set out to do a cookbook with recipes on cooking with sugar (on the stovetop)--until now. In Sugar Baby
, Gesine Bullock-Prado offers totally unintimidating step-by-step advice; the simplest instructions; recipes for candy, confections, and treats that integrate stovetop work into finished desserts; and a hilarious voice. Organized by temperature and chemical stages, here are more than 100 recipes for lollipops, caramel, rock candy, chocolate mousse, macarons, marshmallows, pudding pops, cakes, and much more. Sugar Baby
will satisfy even the most demanding sweet tooth.
Praise for Sugar Baby:
"Got a sweet tooth? Bakery owner Gesine Bullock-Prado's new cookbook, Sugar Baby, will school you in everything from rock candy to puff pastries. And Bullock-Prado --who has spent a lot of time in the kitchen with her actress sister, Sandra-- makes it look easy."
-Ladies Home Journal
“Truly, at her core, she like Dorie Greenspan or Rose Levy Beranbaum, is a dessert evangelist.” —Examiner.com
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.
Table of Contents
Simple dissolve to thread stage -- Soft-ball stage -- Firm-ball stage -- Hard-ball stage -- Soft-crack stage -- Hard-crack stage -- Put it all together.