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Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Goof for Intermediate-Level Bakers...

This baking handbook is probably not ideal for novice bakers, but if you're a baker who has a good command of how to bake cakes, cookies, pies, tarts, and bread, this book is an excellent tool to take your baking to that next level. The recipes are not so complicated t...
This baking handbook is probably not ideal for novice bakers, but if you're a baker who has a good command of how to bake cakes, cookies, pies, tarts, and bread, this book is an excellent tool to take your baking to that next level. The recipes are not so complicated that you need a culinary degree to accomplish them (the same cannot be said of some of Martha's recipes in other books!) but they're also challenging enough that serious bakers won't get bored. If you're just starting out with baking, I'd suggest easier books first like one from Better Homes & Gardens. If you're an accomplished baker already, this book may provide some new challenges and at the very least inspire you with new ideas for old standards.

posted by Anonymous on December 28, 2007

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Most Helpful Critical Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Not very practical

I'm so disappointed! I was really wanting a baking HANDBOOK, but the book does a weak job at every aspect of a handbook except the pictures and explanations of tools and techniques. Before I go on, the book does some things very well. The photos of techniques and supp...
I'm so disappointed! I was really wanting a baking HANDBOOK, but the book does a weak job at every aspect of a handbook except the pictures and explanations of tools and techniques. Before I go on, the book does some things very well. The photos of techniques and supplies is awesome. The recipes are interesting and many are unusual twists. But it's disappointing as a handbook. The selection of recipes is not basic at all, which is what I would have expected of a baking handbook. It's very heavy on French-style pastries, and there were very few recipes that kids would enjoy. Many of the recipes require unusual ingredients and pans, which no one but a gourmet would have. Most of the recipes require a special shopping trip for most of us before starting because just one ingredient or pan required is not stocked at the local grocery store. A yummy-sounding recipe for a basic olive oil bread requires fresh yeast. Fresh yeast? How many of us have ever baked with that? And the pans. Barquette molds, fluted tart pans, mini tart pans, cannele mold, madeleine pan, panettone mold, baba mold, English muffin cutter and ring. Sigh. There aren't any substitution suggestions for strange ingredients or pans, so my only recourse is to drool over the recipes forever or suck it up and buy the equipment to try them. If you want a beautiful cookbook with quality pictures and gourmet techniques, this book is for you. If you want a baking handbook, buy King Arthur's Flour books or stick to The Joy of Cooking.

posted by Anonymous on December 28, 2005

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2007

    Goof for Intermediate-Level Bakers...

    This baking handbook is probably not ideal for novice bakers, but if you're a baker who has a good command of how to bake cakes, cookies, pies, tarts, and bread, this book is an excellent tool to take your baking to that next level. The recipes are not so complicated that you need a culinary degree to accomplish them (the same cannot be said of some of Martha's recipes in other books!) but they're also challenging enough that serious bakers won't get bored. If you're just starting out with baking, I'd suggest easier books first like one from Better Homes & Gardens. If you're an accomplished baker already, this book may provide some new challenges and at the very least inspire you with new ideas for old standards.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2005

    Exactly what I expected...Puurfection!!

    I love cookbooks...This will be one of my favorites...I have already tried the carrot cake...moist and delicious!!...As always...Martha has made her book...lovely and easy to follow...I'm going to try some of the breads this weekend...Thanks!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2005

    Always the Best!!!

    Martha's newest book is definitely one of her best - it was worth the wait. Great ideas for baking in a simple manner all the way to the extravagant. I love the organization and topics included in the book and plan to get each of my daughters their own copy. Kudos to the chef!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2005

    The Best

    Enjoy this book. It is so detailed and worth the money. This book will be with you for life. A lot of good ideas and pictures to go by to make your mind on any special occasion.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 27, 2014

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  • Posted July 19, 2014

    I don't think that this cookbook ever gets put away at my house.

    I don't think that this cookbook ever gets put away at my house. I LOVE this book! It is my Bible in the kitchen!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    great essential recipes

    This book is just wonderful!

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  • Posted September 26, 2009

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    Great reference book

    Very practical information. Easy to understand.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2009

    Great handbook for baking

    All recipes are writing in detail instruction, it's easy to follow and the result is very delicious! A must have book for people who love baking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2008

    Wonderful

    I've had great success with the recipes in this book. True to Martha's form, she's included so much valuable attention to detail.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2005

    SWEET

    This book is a delight from start to finish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2005

    Amazing!

    This is the best baking handbook I've come across yet. My goal is to make the entire book over the next few years...so far (after about 10 recipes) nothing has been less than delicious...and my coworkers agree!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2005

    Fantastic!

    Just picked this up while attending the signing at Barnes & Noble Minneapolis. An incredible book, more than 400 color pages of amazing recipes. Very heavy and high quality. Absolutely recommended! Thank you Martha!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2005

    This cookbook contains some good recipes.

    Good tips and instructions on bread making. Martha is one of my favorite cookbook writers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2005

    YUMMMMY!

    Excellent book. Very thorough and easy to follow.

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