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Sugar Rush: Master Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Sweet Baking

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  207 ratings  ·  18 reviews
James Beard-award-winning pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini returns to basics in this complete baking course in a book with everything a home baker needs to confidently turn out 150+ sweets with sophisticated flavors.

Iuzzini starts by sharing his expert tips on fundamentals such as making caramel and mixing butter cakes, with accompanying step-by-step photographs, before moving
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Hardcover, 350 pages
Published September 30th 2014 by Clarkson Potter Publishers (first published January 1st 2014)
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Debra
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: foodie-reads
Last year for their 50th wedding anniversary, we sent my in-laws to the Kentucky Derby, a lifelong dream of theirs. We did it up right and even purchased tickets to the Taste of the Derby. I think the MiL might have had more fun there than at the actually races. She made a point of remembering all the food to report back to me. I was envious with chefs like Debbie Gold, Tim Love, and Kevin Gillepsie (among others) representing. My MiL was most taken with Chef Johnny Iuzzini, who had just recentl ...more
Pam
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sugar Rush is a big, beautiful book. It’s absolutely gorgeous and with holiday shopping just around the corner it would make a perfect gift for you or someone you really, really like! Seriously, if you have any sort of foodie on your holiday list, look no further.

The book opens with an introduction by Dorie Greenspan (I know!), which that right there should tell you how wonderful this book is! That is followed by a getting started section that covers ingredients, equipment, tools, and bakeware.
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Now this is a beautiful cookbook. Everything about Sugar RUSH was lovely. The photos, the layout, the feel and the recipes. It's full of tips and techniques to help bakers of all experience levels and done in an easy going way that just makes you want to dig in a little more and keep looking, learning and trying things.

It's broken up into different baking categories like--Custards/Creamy Desserts, Eggs/Meringue, Cakes/Cupcakes/Brownies/Muffins, Tarts/Cobb
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Lorelei Miller
This cookbook starts out with custards & creamy desserts because the first thing Iuzzini learned to make was ice cream. After creamy desserts it goes into eggs & meringue, then caramel, cakes, cupcakes and so on all the way through to the finishing touches of glazes, frostings, fillings and sauces. The final chapter is one of the most useful "building a balanced dessert," where he goes into detail about how to balance flavors and textures to make truly stunning desserts.

Iuzzini says "Plain suga
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Cheryl
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I think I gained 25 lbs just reading through this book.

I think I also cheated to get my 100 books in this year... But I am taking a lot of the idears in this book to incorporate into my everyday dessert making.

I loved the certain parts that showed you what was being done as if you were there. It was great. I do think this was not for a novice cooker, but like a semi experienced person. However it was written in everyday words and was a pleasure to salivate over. :P
Missy
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great explanations and spectacular pictures.
Amanda Bright
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great recipes -- think I got a Sugar Rush just reading them!
Carolina
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Chef Iuzzini is special. This is a great book for the home cook. Solid recipes.
Holland
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
By far the best dessert book. I've done over 2 dozen recipes. The photos are beautiful and the recipes are easy to follow. ...more
Tamara
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is very appealing visually. It also offers several step-by-step photos and instructions for those less familiar with how things are supposed to look at a certain stage. Full confession: I'm not a baker but I enjoy reading cookbooks. My baking knowledge and abilities are basically limited to chocolate chip oatmeal cookies and lemon poppy seed bread. But if I were to be more brave in the kitchen, these recipes would definitely be on my list to attempt. I'd much rather win the lottery and ...more
Virginia Campbell
Dec 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Sugar Rush" is a beautifully hands-on book of baking, written by a master of the art--Chef Johnny Iuzzini. In his late teen years, Iuzzini chose to pursue a career in culinary arts, and once he discovered his fascination and forte for desserts, there was no turning back. Chef Iuzzini's list of many accolades and honors includes the prestigious James Beard Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef, and he has been recognized by FORBES as one of the "10 Most Influential Pastry Chefs in America". With "Su ...more
Nerisa  Eugenia Waterman
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
After all... what’s the purpose of “Dessert FourPlay” without a little “Sugar RUSH” afterwards? The cookbook “Sugar RUSH” was released today September 30, 2014… and believe me… you definitely want to add this cookbook to your collection.

This is the kind of cookbook I wish they had out 10 years ago when I was trying to learn how to make my Grandma’s Butter Pound cake… which now serves as a paper weight. When you first received this cookbook, don’t take it to the kitchen…. take it to… the living
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Natasha Chesterbrook
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic. I wanted to spend months making every recipe in this book. The technique was clearly described and the detail explicit. I made several recipes and all were winners. Who doesn't want to make their own marshmallows!?! ...more
Karen
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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4.7

These recipes are not easy to make, but they're not impossible, either. The title is misleading--it isn't the toothache-inducing bag of sugar I had been expecting, which was a really pleasant surprise.

Oh my goodness the lemon tarts though
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Tehmu
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
A very practical and well presented book. A must have for aspiring home bakers. The illustrations and the simplicity of the instructions in this book makes you feel Johnny Izzuini is by your side guiding you through every step.
Bookish
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookery
This is a wonderful cookbook with luscious photos for most recipes (a key aspect to the best cookbooks, in my opinion). Don't be daunted, newbies: with a little patience you can master each recipe, with delicious results. ...more
Sheila Sakraida
I regret that Johnny has been on the sexual harassment lists. I would not have bought his book now that I know this about him. The book has good techniques but it isn't as good as my craftsy classes on pastry baking or cookie baking. ...more
Heather
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I borrowed this from the library but I will be purchasing my own copying. I know I'll be referring to the tips & techniques many times. ...more
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“CRUMB CAKE During my tenure as pastry chef at four-star Restaurant Daniel, I had a group of very special interns every Saturday, who were lovingly referred to as “Johnny’s Angels.” One of the angels was Martha Magliula, who is an avid home baker extraordinaire. Every Saturday she would bring two coffee cakes—one for the team and one just for me. I had to ration it to get me through until the next Saturday. When I decided to do a cookbook focused on home bakers, I knew I just had to feature her incredible coffee cake, which doesn’t skimp on the crumble topping. MAKES ONE 9 × 13-INCH CAKE; SERVES 12 TO 16” 0 likes
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