A World of Cake: 150 Recipes for Sweet Traditions from Cultures Near and Far

A World of Cake: 150 Recipes for Sweet Traditions from Cultures Near and Far

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by Krystina Castella
     
 

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Take your sweet tooth on a global tour! Whether you’re indulging in Australian pavlova, Japanese mochi, or Italian panettone, it’s just not a celebration without cake. In this delectable cookbook, Krystina Castella offers more than 150 irresistible cake recipes from around the world, accompanied by mouthwatering photographs and insights into unique

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Take your sweet tooth on a global tour! Whether you’re indulging in Australian pavlova, Japanese mochi, or Italian panettone, it’s just not a celebration without cake. In this delectable cookbook, Krystina Castella offers more than 150 irresistible cake recipes from around the world, accompanied by mouthwatering photographs and insights into unique cultural traditions. Discover exciting new flavors and innovative twists on your favorite desserts as you explore the sweet delights of a variety of chiffons, fruitcakes, meringues, and more. 

Editorial Reviews

expert baker Rose Levy Beranbaum
"This extraordinary new cake book by Krystina Castella is a perfect gift for anyone who loves cake even if he or she doesn't plan ever to bake one. It is an in depth study of myriad cakes from all around the world. It is fascinating to see how each cake, beautifully photographed in color, reflects the history, ingredients, and technology of its culture. As a cake baker I love seeing the world through cake colored eyes.I feel somewhat remiss that my emphasis over the years has been focused mainly on flavor, texture, and personal history and less on the wider historical origins of my creations. This well-researched book will serve as a handy reference guide. It takes cakes to a whole new level of significance and presents them, both visually and historically within the context of their creation."
Epicurious.com
If Epicurious.com ever decided to do a cake-version of "Around the World in 80 Dishes," Krystina Castella's A World of Cake (Storey) would be a good book to have on hand. Truly global in her coverage, Castella's book is a great resource for anyone with a sweet tooth and particularly, a penchant for cakes.

The introductory chapter includes a year's worth of cake-appropriate holidays (October 2 for Gandhi's birthday; late May/early June for Lazybones Day in the Netherlands). My favorite part of the introduction is where Castella discusses cake categories: Chiffons, doughnuts, honey cakes, rice cakes, and more all have their place in the larger cake family. With 150 cake recipes showcased by region, there are some that are definitely familiar: King Cake, Black Forest Cake, Panettone, Mochi. And then there are the unfamiliar, and that's when things get really exciting. Malpuas from India, Nutmeg Cake from Armenia, Bolognese Rice Cake from Italy, Simnel from Ireland—the list goes on and on. Options for fillings, icings, and other flavors are presented with each recipe and interesting factoids about the specific recipe help put the cake in context. So if cakes have a special place in your heart and on your palate, you'll appreciate Castella's passion and knowledge about cakes and its world wide appeal.

Recipes to try:
- M'hanncha (Snake Cake) from Morocco
- Pan de Muerto from Mexico
- Vasilopita from Greece

LA Weekly Blog
. . . a well researched, thoughtfully organized, almost documentary-like survey of cakes around the world by someone who has written several dessert books (Booze Cakes, Crazy About Cupcakes), perhaps best politely described as whimsical, was exactly — but then again not quite — what we expected. But this is a good book, a great one, even.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603425766
Publisher:
Storey Books
Publication date:
10/15/2010
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
814,645
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 10.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author

Krystina Castella is a professor at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She is the author of A World of Cake, Pops!, Crazy About Cupcakes, and Discovering Nature’s Alphabet, and she has been published in Craft magazine.

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Books_And_Chocolate More than 1 year ago
This is a fun cookbook with cake recipes from around the world, along with interesting history and facts about the desserts and regions they come from. The author writes in a conversational style that made this entertaining to read and the many color photos give it a coffee table book feel. The real treasure, though, is the recipes. There are some familiar classics like black forrest cherry cake, carrot cake, and red velvet cake, alongside unusual fare such as mooncakes from China, baked cheesecake with coffee jelly from Japan, Pavlova from Australia, rum cake from Tortuga, and Kransekake from Norway, to name just a few. I made the New World Spice Cake, a recipe from the West Indies. It wasn't very sweet so I added some powdered sugar icing which made it taste better. A few other recipes I'd like to try are Hummingbird Cake (a cake made with tropical fruits), cranberry pound cake, Vasilopita (an almond cake from Greece), and funnel cakes from Pennsylvania. I like this cookbook for the variety of recipes not found in regular cookbooks. It would be a nice addition to any baker's collection. I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.