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February 10, 2018

Murray Thom and Tim Harper collect sixty talented New Zealand bakers’ takes on classic bakes, from tarts, roulades, pavlovas, croissants and laminated dough to innovative unrefined / raw desserts, savouries (asparagus, mint and feta bread, scones, spanakopita, quiches, leek and cheese tarts,...

January 19, 2017

As a longtime fan of Anne Taintor and the Brass Sisters, I love anything that combines my love for retro / vintage style with nostalgic and heirloom recipes. Carine Goren, self-taught baker and popular Israeli TV host / cookbook author, combines both of these with aplomb. In “Traditional Jew...

October 23, 2016

I've been enamored with Turkish cuisine for as long as I can remember; I love the profusion of little plates full of olives, yogurt-based dips and spreads, oil-stewed veggies and whole grain and bean salads, not to mention the delicious pide, simit, and stuffed flatbreads. Several years ago,...

October 11, 2016

Some of my earliest food memories revolve around the smell and taste of the fresh yeast bread my Polish grandmother would bake in her small apartment kitchen in Michigan…for me, there is no more comforting aroma than that of freshly-baked bread. In a sort of alchemy, humble ingredients are t...

September 17, 2016

I'm probably one of the very few who purchased this cookbook without having ever actually SEEN the Great British Bake-Off or Nadiya on the small screen...chalk that up to several overseas moves and the last couple of years without a TV or cable. However, I was intrigued by the snippets of in...

September 9, 2016

As a child, one of my favorite pastimes was voraciously rereading my mother and grandmother’s collection of handwritten recipe cards, recipe clippings, and cookbooks, including Deanna House’s ”House Specialties" and comb-bound community fundraisers from churches, local high schools, and wome...

August 30, 2016

Samantha Seneviratne’s “The New Sugar and Spice” takes classic comfort bakes like cinnamon rolls, cookies, breads and cheesecake and reinvents them, using seductive hits of spice in creative and crowd-pleasing ways. In the introduction, the author points out that “the flood of sugar has dilu...

August 3, 2016

The secret to great buns has finally been demystified in the lighthearted (and uber-delicious) "The Book of Buns" by Jane Mason, the author of All You Knead Is Bread: Over 50 Recipes from Around the World to Bake & Share. Hint: it's not the gym. From page 9: "If you want firm buns, go to the...

August 1, 2016

I happened to discover Rosetta Costantino's "Southern Italian Desserts" while researching a trip to Southern Italy. Rosetta, a cooking instructor and author of My Calabria: Rustic Family Cooking from Italy's Undiscovered South, has collected 75 desserts from Calabria, Campania, Basilicata, P...

July 6, 2016

If you’re a serious home baker, you need to have the King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion in your collection. Containing foolproof recipes, step-by-step guides, delicious variations, and numerous illustrations, it will walk you through simple baked goods such as pancakes to homemade pie crust...

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