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Rose Levy Beranbaum
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The Baking Bible

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  753 ratings  ·  42 reviews
With recipes for the best cakes, pies, tarts, cookies, candies, pastries, and, breads, this title features simple everyday crowd-pleasers (Coffee Crumb Cake Muffins, Gingersnaps, Gooseberry Crisp), show-stopping stunners (Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Tart, Mango Bango Cheesecake), and, bakery-style pastries developed for the home kitchen.
Published October 31st 2014 by Houghton Mifflin (first published October 28th 2014)
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Douglas Hitzel
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It seems only appropriate to label this book Rose's magnum opus. Every subject she has ever covered is now brought under one cover, and the student is taught the best of what she has learned since those previous books were published. One thing I have always valued with Rose Levy Berenbaum is that she leaves not one thought or question uncovered. There is never an air of mystery with her recipes that leave me wondering where it went wrong or right. I love this about her! Her amazing understanding ...more
I'm sure this is blasphemy, but I do not love this book. I appreciate it; there are some great-looking baked goods in here. But-- her super detail makes me crazy. I am frustrated by the sheer amount of effort put into figuring things down to the gram. Does my reaction make sense? Probably not, but it is what it is. Call it my own form of rebellion. Will I try many of these recipes, probably with outstanding results? You better believe it.
Beth Cato
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, borrowed, cookbook
I enjoy a good, detailed cookbook that breaks down the most effective way to do recipes. That said, much of this book felt... fussy to me. I'm a pretty experienced baker, and even I felt daunted by the detail and options presented. Maybe I'm not the ideal audience because I don't want my hand held quite so much. The breadth of recipes within this volume is fantastic, though--and the information in the back on techniques, ingredients, and tools, is a fantastic resource for cooks of any level.
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cook-books
I LOVE Rose's cook books! I love that they are so precise and that she doesn't just give you the recipe, she gives you all the information on why things work, and tips for success, so that I feel like each book is a cooking class instead of just a recipe book. I have only just delved into this one, but the recipes so far are divine!
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all home bakers.
Rose Levy Beranbaum's The Baking Bible, The IACP Cookbook Winner, covers so many yummy items, and with Ms. Beranbaum's 'methodical ' approach, home bakers can bake quite a few dishes previously only professional bakers could do. Found in this book are easy-to-follow directions with photographs showing each step so home bakers can produce dishes never attempted before. My only concern is I hope I am a good enough home baker to be able to follow all the directions without panicking. Also in this ...more
Christina Karvounis
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookery
What an outstanding collection. This truly is a baking bible. The range is epic, from dense cakes to candies, Beranbaum covers it all with precision and accessible language for both the new baker and seasoned.

I especially appreciate that Beranbaum offers measurements in standard cups/teaspoons and in weights.

This is a must-have for anyone who calls him/herself a baker!
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing. This book makes me want to quit my job and bake from it cover to cover. Can't wait to try some of these recipes!
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like how Beranbaum breaks everything down (for example, she'll tell you how to make the lemon curd, then turn that into mousseline or buttercream), but this makes the recipes seem very long-winded (this was probably exaggerated due to my viewing of this cookbook on an e-reader). And some of the cakes easily have 5/6 different parts; even the cookies seem time-consuming. I'm all for complicated recipes, but sometimes easy ones are nice, too.

I was intrigued by her flavor combos though. I love
Grace Kwan
Though I love baking all sorts of goods, very few recipes in this book called to me. Most are extremely specific and seem more special-occasion than everyday, which means they have obscure or expensive ingredients. I also don't particularly enjoy Rose Levy's writing voice, which feels a bit holier-than-thou to me. This might be a good book for an experienced baker looking for something out of the ordinary, but it wasn't right for me.
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I will try every single recipe, but I love the style of writing and the clarity of the instructions. This book does not leave many baking questions unanswered, it is also unpretentious and includes some very simple homey recipes as well as more technically advanced ones. I highly recommend it if you're a baking lover.
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coffee Crumb Cake Muffins on page 81 are awesome!
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rose Levy Beranbaum is the author of many baking books. The fly leaf says these are new recipes, but it also says her most treasured, so I checked my copies of the cake bible and the pie and pastry bibles, and the claim that the recipes are all new is accurate, though some recipes are similar to ones in the Bible’s. However, if you want a broad view of baking, ala Rose, then this is the only option. These recipes are generally ones you will not find elsewhere. Even the ones that sound common, ...more
Leigh Anne
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must-have for serious home bakers.

And by "serious" I mean "skewing a wee bit fancy." Beranbaum, who has written more than 10 cookbooks deciphering the mysteries of great baked goods at home, produces here a volume for folks who aspire to genoise, rugelach, homemade lekvar, and slightly-more-high-maintenance than usual pastries, garnishes, and fillings (there's a recipe here for savory cream puffs with faux fois gras, so you know she's not fucking around).

Although the results are fancy, and
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book has a lot of detail and explanations. If you want to get great results allow yourself plenty of time for reading and baking. Some recipes require planning ahead, but results exceeded my expectations and what I achieved with other cookbooks. I love the idea of measuring by weight, it gives consistent results, you do not have to guess what your butter or frosting is missing. For beginner baker it would be helpful to add more picture, but I doubt that book's real estate would allow it. ...more
Jun 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Almost every recipe in the baking bible including the section "Yeast and bread pastries" are sweet recipes.
Its a large book, where a single recipe might take up 3 or 4 or 5 pages.
There are lots of instructions, set out clearly.
The table of ingredients are also set out clearly.
This is for a person with a sweet tooth and lots of time.
Martha Hall
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is huge, comprehensive and thorough. And the results look stunning. Many of these are far too complex for me to make--several recipes involve three or four individual recipes, then combining them. But it was beautiful and lush and bakers ought to love it.
Linda Hartlaub
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
An impressive book written by one of the premier bakers. Everything you wanted to know to bake breads, cakes, cookies, pies, pastries and candies. And more scientific knowledge about baking and ingredients than you ever thought possible to put into a cookbook. No gluten free information, though.
Diane Figley
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Book

Can't wait to try many of these recipes. The hard part will be deciding what to bake first.
Lots of hands on advice with each recipe.
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rose is a Queen. My go-to baking book.
Jul 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A comprehensive, well written cookbook but for some reason I am just not a big fan of her books.
Nov 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Worth reading

I got a lot from the book, it was very informative and easy to understand. Most of recipes were fairly easy to follow.
Sep 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best baking cookbooks out there!
Comprehensive, detailed, with many advice to each and every recipe, problem solving tips and recipes that, if followed correctly, are fool proof!
It's a cookbook that's difficult to put down - due to almost "lickable" photos :) and description of the bakes. I've made an almost endless list of things to bake from it and I only keep adding to it whenever I reach for this book...

Rose put an awful lot of work into creating a cookbook that will teach you not
Bill Marsano
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
She's B-a-a-a-a-a-ck! And Loaded With Sweet Stuff

By Bill Marsano. Rose Levy Beranbaum has been called `the most meticulous cook who ever lived,' and I can say that's a title she deserves. I met her once when we happened to be seated together during a swank corporate lunch at a fancy restaurant. There was a basket of really nice-looking crusty bread on the table, and I deftly snagged a piece. En route from basket to my plate the slice fell under Rose's critical eye, causing her to gently opine
Erik Waiss
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I want to give this 5 stars, but it's just not quite there.

I also feel weird reviewing a cookbook, it's not like you actually "read" it for a plot. Mostly I just flipped through, read all the "stuff" and then glanced at recipes for mental cataloguing in case I want to make something later. But there is a lot of "stuff" here outside the recipes that covers technique and her history and so on.

This is Rose Levy Beranbaum, who previous wrote the Cake Bible, the Pie Bible (I think) and the Bread
My first impressions and thoughts about this book.
1. Food porn! Holy cannoli this book has gorgeous photographs of cakes and pies!
2. Having never read or looked through any other books by this author, she is beyond finicky. I'm sure it's all meant to help her readers/fans be successful. One of her recipes, the Renee Fleming golden chiffon sponge cake took 17 trials before getting the perfect texture. Yikes. Which leads me to my final observation. 3. This book is WAY out of my league. I would
Jul 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had the particularly interesting experience of having prepped both the in-process and the final results for Rose's demo at the Hot Stove Society when this book was initially published, as well as having received a signed copy from she and Woody.
That being said, I've read through and tested many of the recipes and frankly found them less than stunning. The chocolate bread pudding in particular was underwhelming; it has both the flavor and texture of soggy Cocoa Puffs.
I applaud her methodical
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dessert bible

This is a cookbook of dessert recipes. Cakes, cookies, even the bread recipes are for sweet bread items. This is not a savory cookbook. That said there are many recipes I've seen nowhere else, this book is a good value at over 500 pages
Jenni Link
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So you don't really read a cookbook, but I am enjoying this one a lot. I like baking but am really not very good at it, except for quick breads and cookies, things that are hard to mess up. I can make a decent loaf of sandwich bread but not much else that involves yeast. I've tried to make brioche dough based on other cookbooks' recipes many times and probably failed 4 times out of 5 - very frustrating for something that takes all day! I like that she has such extensive troubleshooting hints to ...more
This long-awaited book is a huge disappointment for me. I LOVE my dog-eared, spilled upon copy of The Cake Bible. It is a how-to of basic elements and suggestions for assembling them for various results from everyday to spectacular. The sometimes finicky techniques always work. This is just another "do it exactly as I say and it will turn out like the picture." I will always enjoy looking at the pretty pictures, but there is nothing I feel inspired to make.

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Rose Levy Beranbaum is an award-winning American baker and cookbook author.