Baking Style: Art Craft Recipes
A dazzling celebration of the art and craft of bakingIn Baking Style, the award-winning author of Baking by Flavor and ChocolateChocolate, presents what has fascinated her during a lifetime of baking. In 100 essays and more than 200 recipes, along with 166 full-color images, Baking Style is infused with discoveries, inspirations, and exacting but simple recipes for capturi...more
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published September 2nd 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Baking Style is Lisa Yockelson's newest book on all things baking. The extra large format and bright pink cover are eye-catching so it won't get lost and forgotten on your shelves. She starts with a detailed explanation on various techniques, equipment, and ingredients. Then she moves on to the recipes. The organization is hard to follow, it seems more whimsy than anything else, but the photographs are plentiful and gorgeous and the large format means the recipes are easy to read.
Kind of a coffee table cookbook: huge and unwieldy, with a lot of artfully constructed photos. The writing style is formal to the point of being prissy, most of the recipe names are too creatively vague to make an association to the resulting product, and the book is arranged by sections such as “Past Perfect” as opposed to, say, “Savory Yeast Breads.” Fortunately the index is thorough enough that most recipes can be located by ingredients or more traditional descriptions. The detailed explanati...more
What a disappointment. I have several of the author's other books, and have enjoyed them. This is an attempt to do something new, and it falls flat. The book is such an organizational nightmare, that it renders it almost unusable. There are so many dinner roll recipes, brownies, and chocolate cakes that I stopped counting. Traditional recipes are "tweaked" in some cases to the point where the subtle flavors are lost. Finally, the cutesy, nonsensical names for recipes and entire chapters drove my...more