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A Baker's Odyssey: Celebrating Time-Honored Recipes from America's Rich Immigrant Heritage

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"In this book, I'm embarking on a different path, focusing on finding recipes that preserve the tastes and memories of a long-departed place."
--Greg Patent"A Baker's Odyssey" is a rich collection of recipes and culinary history, all gleaned from Patent's exhaustive research in the American home kitchens of immigrants from around the world. Through his travels across the co
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Hardcover, 416 pages
Published December 17th 2007 by Wiley
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Laura
Jan 13, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it
This is probably the first cookbook that I've read [almost:] cover to cover. My mother-in-law gave it to me for Christmas. The author decided to seek out recipes for baked goods from immigrants from many different countries. I've enjoyed reading his narratives that go along with each recipe. He has an entire section just on flat breads! I haven't actually baked any of the recipes yet but I'm particularly looking forward to making chipati, which is a flat bread from southern India that I ate when ...more
Dean
Jun 26, 2008 Dean rated it really liked it
Good book,Good Recipies..it's also got some flaws..it has a LOT of personal Anecdotes that weighs this down a bit..while many of them were quaint..some were pointless...feeling like this book was edited by someone who is a friend of the Author..sometimes Less is more.
The Accompanying DVD is nice,but only features some of the recipies..and I was wondering what the Criteria for picking them was..he included Struedel in the Demenstration..and that was handy..because it looked hard enough to NEVER w
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Stephanie
Apr 17, 2008 Stephanie rated it really liked it
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This is an anthology of recipes from immigrant families in the United States. The jewel of this book is that with each recipe come the story of the recipe. It's like you're listening to your grandmother every time you open a page. Make sure you read the introduction too - the author's story of growing up in China with an Iraqi mother and Russian father. I haven't made any of the recipes yet, but there is a DVD included with the book demonstrating how to make some of the recipes. I wish there wer ...more
Emily
Apr 22, 2008 Emily rated it liked it
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This cookbook was full of scrumptous looking recipes. Unfortunately, they require a lot more work than I'm generally willing to put into cooking. And they required lots of kitchen gadgets, several of which I had never before heard of.
Katie
Aug 07, 2008 Katie rated it it was ok
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It was *okay*. One recipe, however, was not true to it's heritage and original recipe. I wouldn't buy this book, and I won't be checking it out of the library again.
Ann
Feb 22, 2012 Ann rated it it was amazing
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Interesting book, great recipes with a background for each.
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