CakeLove: How to Bake Cakes from Scratch

Warren Brown, Author, Renee Comet, Photographer , photos by Renée Comet. Stewart, Tabori & Chang $27.50 (223p) ISBN 978-1-58479-662-6

Brown takes the intimidation factor out of baking with easy-to-follow recipes while entertaining with his upbeat and casual writing style. The former lawyer and bakery owner, fulfills the promise to take readers on a “tour of how and why I bake cakes,” weaving his personal journey that led to sugar and flour as the tools of his career. Chapters include those featuring types of cake (pound, butter, foam), as well as sections on frostings and glazes, fillings, meringues and cake assembly. The fun and informal recipes, such as Sassy, and Mr. Banana Legs, consist of clear, numbered steps and are accompanied by informative headnotes. Full-color photos illustrate step-by-step techniques and showcase the cakes that are chockfull of appeal with their less-than-perfect appearance and convey the author’s philosophy that baking shouldn’t be an uptight endeavor; as long as a cake is homemade, it deserves respect. (May)

Reviewed on: 04/21/2008
Release date: 05/01/2008
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