The New Sugar and Spice: A Recipe for Bolder Baking

Samantha Seneviratne. Ten Speed, $27.50 (240p) ISBN 978-1-6077-4746-8
With spices infused in every delectable bite, Seneviratne, a food editor and stylist at Fine Cooking, attempts to waken the eater’s taste buds with a handful of flavorful ingredients that most Western cooks only use by the pinch. The first chapter, Peppercorn & Chile, makes it clear that this is not your classical pastry book. Recipes such as sweet fig and black pepper scones and bay leaf rice pudding expand the concept of what constitutes dessert. Even more traditional dishes, such as blackberry-peach hand pies and apricot raspberry cobbler with hazelnut biscuits, have a hint of extra spice mixed in. The book is divided into seven major categories of spice, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, or cloves and cardamom, and there are plenty of highlights that may pique a new interest in spice or recall that soothing kick in the back of one’s throat. With extra explanations for buying the freshest spices and how to keep them at their best, this book is a must-have for people who are looking to spice up the best part of the meal. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 06/15/2015
Release date: 09/08/2015
Genre: Nonfiction
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