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The Art & Soul of Baking

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2009 IACP Cookbook Awards Winner

Nominated for a 2009 James Beard Foundation Award.

Sur La Table teamed with pastry chef and baking teacher Cindy Mushet to bring you the ultimate guide to baking. Beautiful photographs and more than 250 easy-to-follow recipes lead you into a world of alluring aromas and light, flaky pastries. Illustrated asides take you step by step through

Hardcover, 464 pages
Published October 21st 2008 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Has the tips for making a flaky crust (p. 168)
Oct 25, 2008 Teri rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Teri by: Sur la Table
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Oscar and I went to a Pie class at Sur la Table which used recipes from this book. Tasted the herbed chicken pot pie, roasted butternut squash-onion pie, chocolate silk pie, lattice-top nectarine-blackberry pie(frozen peaches used since nectarines are not in season) and Oscar and I made (and tasted)the peach-gingerbread dumplings (apples were used since fresh peaches are not in season).The dough was great, it was a cream cheese dough that was easy to work with. Tasted good too.
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Mar 05, 2010 Diane rated it it was amazing
I'll be "currently reading" this for some time! So far I've made the Cinnamon-Streusel Sour Cream Coffee Cake and Gingerbread Scones - both truly yummy. I've always liked to cook but have never done much baking. Fortunately, I have people willing to dispose of most of the evidence before it alters my health and shape permanently (I hope) - taking off current shelf because it's a reference book, really. Still loving it, although I need to go shopping for some kitchen items I don't have - such as ...more
Feb 25, 2009 Dawn rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic book. It's full of good recipes, but more importantly, it's full of good solid information about ingredients, different types of baked goods, process, and variations. Each section of the book has a whole food science introduction that tells you how that particular type of baked good works, how you make it, and things to watch out for. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to do lots of baking and be able to figure out why things do or don't turn out.
Jan 27, 2013 Lizzy rated it it was amazing
4 out of 5 recipes I've made were huge hits and had to be made twice--for me, that's the mark of a good cookbook, and I've been studying them for a few months now. I recommend the pumpkin walnut bread (with frosting), maple pecan sticky buns, and the croissants (loads of work, but definitely worth it).
May 28, 2013 Hazel rated it it was amazing
I love this book for having measurements by weight (I decided to no longer accept baking books without them). There are some clever flavor combos and some very good basic recipes. I do not utilize it as much as I think I would. But I always pull it out and look at it for inspiration.

I would totally recommend it as an interesting basic if you are a baking novice.
Very pretty cookbook with pretty pictures, but nothing really excited me to be honest. I don't think this is the book's fault at all. It does have a lot of good information--the tip section that accompanies each recipe is very helpful. I might give it another shot if I see it at the library again.
Nov 12, 2010 Ashley rated it really liked it
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A wealth of classic baking recipes, with detailed instructions, easy variations, and introductory pages to help understand measuring and more. Worth reading through from beginning to end, especially for the beginning student baker. Advanced bakers can still learn much from this book.
Liz De Coster
Feb 05, 2009 Liz De Coster rated it liked it
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This book was gorgeous to look at, but there wasn't a lot that jumped out of me. Most of the recipes seemed more involved than I'm interested in, although some of the flavor combinations might be worth trying.
Dec 31, 2012 Sandie rated it really liked it
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I made the lemon marscapone layer cake for Christmas. Very light and tasty. I am an experienced baker and had no trouble with this (I made the marscapone as well) but I would not recommend this for a beginner. There are some helpful hints for beginners peppered throughout the book though.
Jan 07, 2009 Mandy rated it really liked it
After spending some time flipping through the library copy of this, I quickly decided to add it to my Amazon wishlist and return it. Its a great reference resource that I look forward to exploring more. My only gripe is its unwieldy size.
Jul 15, 2016 Christine rated it liked it
Lots of great recipes and even more great information! Some recipes are a miss for me, but I still find myself reaching for this cookbook for certain favorites.
Nov 04, 2011 Hannah added it
good grief, do i need to open a bakery or what??? srsly, there is a baci tart recipe in there... with a chocolate carmel tart shell.
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Jan 24, 2014 Shelbi B rated it it was amazing
This is probably one of the best baking books to have it gives tips and hints that most cookbooks leave out. Love this book!!
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