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The Modern Baker: Time-Saving Techniques for Breads, Tarts, Pies, Cakes and Cookies

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A collection of 150 simple step-by-step recipes that still have gourmet appeal, The Modern Baker strives to bring you baking success with the bulk of the preparation taking under one hour. Nick Malgieri distills years of teaching and experience into these detailed recipes for virtually every savory or sweet yeast bread, quick bread, muffin, pastry, dough, and batter. Recip ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 320 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by DK Publishing
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
Mar 14, 2010 Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read2010, baking
Nick Malgieri is a legend, and his instructions have guided me through buche de noel and other seemingly complicated recipes, so I was ecstatic when this book came out. I haven't tried a single recipe that I didn't like or hasn't worked, and I appreciate some of his time-saving techniques (like a cake where he questions needing to separate the eggs, woohoo!). You can see some of the recipes in action at
Meghan Pinson
Mar 12, 2009 Meghan Pinson rated it it was ok
what i really want is for someone to just make me a big, beautiful coconut cake. isn't there a book that can do this?
Louise (A Strong Belief in Wicker)
This is a very attractive book to browse through. There are handy sections at the beginning about ingredients and equipment for those that need it. Every recipe is lushly photographed. Lots of the recipes sound fantastic-Lemon Ginger Pound Cake, Chocolate Spice Bread, Roasted Pepper and Goat Cheese Tart, Smoked Salmon Mille- Feuilles, Shrimp and Toasted Pumpkinseed Tart. I cooked from this book the day after I bought it! Pretty good for me. I chose the Chicken Pie with Biscuit Topping on page 15 ...more
Mar 09, 2010 Tessa rated it liked it
Shelves: cookery-bookery
I made the olive and onion focaccia, goat cheese and red pepper tart, sour cream brownies, and lemon ginger pound cake from this book. In 3 out of four cases, it took more time to bake than the book said, but I also didn't have the right size pans in 2 of those cases. The pound cake was particularly slow to bake.

But they all tasted a. ma. zing--except for the focaccia, which was a little dry. the brownies in particular were the best, a perfect balance between fudgy and cakey. but that could be
Dec 19, 2008 Peabody rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Bakers with some experience
Nick Malgieri's recipes are always interesting. This collection is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to modern baking nor a book of simple recipes. The recipes vary from easy to quite complex. It has a lot of useful background information and outstanding photos. My one criticism is the extremely small font used for the ingredient list. Introductory comments and instructions are in normal sized print. I've tried one recipe so far. The Chocolate Spice Bread was a big hit, mildly chocolate w ...more
Nov 23, 2014 Susie rated it really liked it
love the butterscotch chocolate chunk cookie recipe.
Jan 31, 2009 Amy rated it really liked it
I've read some good things about this book. But I'm not really a big fan of saving time in the kitchen. Do I look busy to you? No! But now, look: time is running out. Three weeks I've had this thing checked out from the library, and I haven't tried a single recipe. I'm giving this book four stars for its lovely photography, and for getting me excited about chicken pot pie for the first time ever. And I don't even eat chicken. Or do I?
Dec 13, 2011 Denise rated it really liked it
Nick Malgieri is one of my favorite chefs. He used to be on a show on the Food Network called "Cooking Live". He would be on like every other Friday or something, once in a while. I always enjoyed watching him and reading his books. He is very personable and down to earth. I have one of his book on baking. Everything I have made from his recipes has turned out good.
May 03, 2012 Alex rated it liked it
Lots of interesting recipes, although I find that he is really into the use of nutmeg which actually ruined a few of the recipes. My favorite types of recipes are the quick breads and tarts. Great varieties and his tart crusts are the kind of standards I go back to use with even a filling from another recipe. Overall helpful book, just watch out when he says "add nutmeg"!
Nov 03, 2010 Danee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cook-books
I found this book at Borders for $6 and it has been the best, cheap find I have ever come across!!Nick Malgieri is an incredible teacher. He taught me how to make pastry crusts and baguettes from scratch w/o driving me to tears...
Oct 20, 2008 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
I did not have a chance to make anything from this cookbook, and it is not one that I would probably use again, but it did have some lovely pictures and some of the bread recipes did sound easier than other cookbooks I have looked through.
Mar 19, 2009 Rachel rated it liked it
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Okay, I didn't read every page of this book--who does with cookbooks? But what I saw was interesting--I'll have to get this book again when I actually have energy to COOK something from it.
May 17, 2009 Cathy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: baking
Truly enjoy Nick's books...and his baking style! His recipe for vanilla cake is my absolute favorite. Love him in Julia Child's book, too.
Jan 24, 2011 Kristen rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful cookbook with *amazing* recipes. Next I'm baking the Chocolate Spice Bread. Delicious!
Lots of yummy recipes. Very different from most baking cookbooks.
Mar 01, 2010 Christian rated it really liked it
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Lovely photos. Need to checkout again for gingersnaps.
Linda Casey
Jul 14, 2013 Linda Casey rated it it was amazing
Outstanding Chocolate Cupcakes
Excellent pizza/foccaccia dough recipe, 4 c flour, 1 2/3 c water, no kneading. Only stirring, no kneading!
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