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knitpik1's picture

cookbook watch (post #62600)

A few interesting books coming up in Oct/Nov

Simple Art of Perfect Baking (revised and updated) by Flo Braker

The original version is being sold on Amazon and Ebay for some crazy prices.

Bittersweet: Recipes from a Chocolate Life by Alice Medrich

A Passion for Desserts by Emily Luchetti

American Pie: My Search for the Perfect Pizza by Peter Reinhart

Can't wait! (As if I need more books)

Jangomango's picture

(post #62600, reply #1 of 16)

Gosh, look at that.  I need every single one. 

Biscuits's picture

(post #62600, reply #2 of 16)

Thanks for the heads up, Knitpik.  I will definitely be getting at least 2 of those!



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APonKP's picture

(post #62600, reply #4 of 16)

LOL!!  Me too.

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One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.  A.A. Milne
MadMom's picture

(post #62600, reply #3 of 16)

Thanks for the update, although absolutely none of these fit in with my diet!  I tried to find a copy of The Simple Art of Perfect Baking because I was taking a class taught by Flo Braker.  Finally picked up a paperback, which she autographed.  I mentioned to her that I had tried to find the hardback, and she offered to send me one.  She sent it, nicely autographed, as soon as she returned home.  Of course, I reimbursed her for the cost of the book plus postage, but I was truly impressed that she would take the time to mail it to me, particularly without any payment in advance.  She is a class act, and a lovely lady (not to mention an excellent baker!)

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knitpik1's picture

(post #62600, reply #8 of 16)

MM, you are so lucky to be able to attend all those classes.

I'm green LOL.

Biscuits's picture

(post #62600, reply #5 of 16)

Did you all also see that RLB is coming out with The Bread Bible and Carole Walter with Great Cookies?  Those might have to be on my list, too.

But I'm DEFINITELY getting Emily Luchetti's book and Alice Medrich's.  Those two women rock.



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Jangomango's picture

(post #62600, reply #6 of 16)

I've never seen a book by Emily Luchetti.  The only reason I'd like to is because of what you say about her.

Biscuits's picture

(post #62600, reply #7 of 16)

Well, I treasure her first two books, Stars Desserts and Four Stars Desserts.  But then, I just like her style.  Simple takes on many classics, a little twist in the flavor combinations, and great directions, plus very pretty but SIMPLE presentation.  I really hate desserts that are so complex in presentation that you look at it and take 10 minutes to figure out how to eat it.  Plus lots of "basics" in the back so you can combine them into your own desserts. 

I've never made a single thing from either of her books that I didn't love and get compliments on.  So far a 100% success rate.  So - I really can't wait to see what she has been doing all these years since 4 stars came out.



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knitpik1's picture

(post #62600, reply #10 of 16)

I agree with Biscuit (as if I could disagree LOL). I have Four-Star Desserts and all the recipes I've tried came out well.

pastrysrus's picture

(post #62600, reply #11 of 16)

I also love Four-Star Desserts, it's a really good book. (But I did find a couple stinkers, lol. Wasn't crazy about her Espresso CC Angel food cake nor the hazelnut pear tart.) But then 2 out of hundreds is still an amazing average.

I have Flo Brakers book and have only done a couple items from it. They turned out strickly average. BUT I'd be very interested to hear about which recipes from her book you liked.

Biscuits's picture

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You are kidding?!  I LOVE the Espresso CC Angelfood Cake!  It used to be one of my most requested desserts for "girl" parties when I was a pastry chef!  Served with a bit of espresso ice-cream and some hot fudge sauce, and - voila!




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madnoodle's picture

(post #62600, reply #14 of 16)

y'know, ever since reading about Tracy and her gentleman caller I read "voila" as "viola".

Canada:  where different coloured money makes sense.

What if there were no hypothetical questions?


ashleyd's picture

(post #62600, reply #15 of 16)

That would make sense as most people seem to write "Viola!" when they mean "Voila!"

If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.
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Jean's picture

(post #62600, reply #16 of 16)

And I've seen some just write 'walla'. Honest.

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knitpik1's picture

(post #62600, reply #13 of 16)

Sorry I don't have Flo Braker's book yet...just waiting patiently:-)

knitpik1's picture

(post #62600, reply #9 of 16)

"Carole Walter with Great Cookies"

That's the one I saw but then couldn't remember.

I must have confused CW with Carol Fields.

Shame on me cause I just happened to be making one

of her cakes tonight. Double-Rich Sour Cream Coffee Cake.

It was very good but next time I will try with orange marmalade

instead of apricot jam.

Thanks to you and others here I got some great baking books.

How about 'The Good Cookie' by Tish Boyle? Wonder if it's worth it.