The Essential Baker: The Comprehensive Guide to Baking with Chocolate, Fruit, Nuts, Spices, and Other Ingredients

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"Carole Bloom blends years of baking experience with a reassuring and personal voice. The beginning baker will find everything needed to create fabulous desserts successfully, and the experienced baker will find dozens of enticing new recipes. The Essential Baker is brilliantly organized by key ingredient, with generous tips and hints to encourage creativity. This is a wonderful addition to any baker's library and a perfect first book for a new baker."
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New York, NY 2007 Hard Cover First Edition, First Printing New-Collectible in New jacket BRAND NEW & COLLECTIBLE. First Edition, First Printing. Comprehensive dedicated cookery ... from pastry chef, food writer and teacher Carole Bloom. A novel approach to this most tantalizing look at baking. Volume organized by primary ingredients---a useful, pragmatic approach for the baker with a craving or surplus of certain ingredients Sections include fruits and vegetables; nuts and seeds; chocolate; dairy products; spices and herbs; and coffee, tea, liqueurs and spirits. The some 225 recipes presented with pointers on storage, streamlining, modifications, and recovery from mishaps. Read more Show Less

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"Carole Bloom blends years of baking experience with a reassuring and personal voice. The beginning baker will find everything needed to create fabulous desserts successfully, and the experienced baker will find dozens of enticing new recipes. The Essential Baker is brilliantly organized by key ingredient, with generous tips and hints to encourage creativity. This is a wonderful addition to any baker's library and a perfect first book for a new baker."
Alice Medrich author of Bittersweet: Recipes and Tales from a Life in Chocolate

"Want to learn to bake? Buy just one book—this one. Having The Essential Baker is like having a lifetime of baking experience and teaching in your kitchen. Enough information and recipes to last any baker a lifetime."
Gale Gand, Executive Pastry Chef and partner of Tru, Host of the Food Network's Sweet Dreams, and author of Chocolate & Vanilla

"An exhaustive and tantalizing look at baking. . . . Delectable."
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Bloom, the author of eight cookbooks whose work has appeared in Bon Appetit, Gourmetand Food + Wine, adopts an unusual approach in this exhaustive and tantalizing look at baking. Instead of categorizing recipes by food type, she organizes them by primary ingredient—a useful approach for the baker with a craving or surplus of one ingredient. Sections include fruits and vegetables; nuts and seeds; chocolate; dairy products; spices and herbs; and coffee, tea, liqueurs and spirits. The recipes themselves are uniquely formatted in a table layout that lists the ingredients across from their steps to help with organization. Bloom includes a list of equipment needed for the dish along with instructions on storage, streamlining, altering the recipe and recovering from mishaps. The collection covers the gamut with 225 recipes, including such delectable gems as Pear and Walnut Layer Cake with Maple–Cream Cheese Icing; Coconut Biscotti; and Cranberry Nut Tea Loaf. Other highlights range from Chocolate Chip Cookies and Macadamia Nut Blondies to Malted Milk Chocolate Cheesecake and Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. Bloom also provides valuable instruction in sections on essential ingredients, equipment and supplies, and techniques. 32 full-color photos. (Apr.)

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Food writer and cooking teacher Bloom is the author of seven other cookbooks, including All About Chocolateand Cookies For Dummies. Her big new book, obviously a labor of love, presents more than 250 recipes, along with a thorough introduction to baking techniques, equipment, and ingredients. Organized by main ingredient (e.g., fruits, chocolate, liqueurs, and spirits), the recipes offer a wide array of treats, with carefully written and thorough instructions. Although the recipe head notes are somewhat repetitious, and it would have been helpful to have a listing of the desserts by category (e.g., pies, cakes), this is an essential purchase for baking collections.


—Judith Sutton
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764576454
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/26/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

CAROLE BLOOM is a European-trained pastry chef and confectioner, as well as the author of ten cookbooks on desserts, including Bite-Size Desserts and The Essential Baker. She has worked as a pastry chef at renowned hotels from Switzerland to California and writes frequently for such websites and publications as Epicurious.com, Culinate.com, Food & Wine, Fine Cooking, Eating Well, Cooking Light, and Chocolatier, among others.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

I: BAKING ESSENTIALS.

Best Baking Practices.

Essential Ingredients.

Essential Equipment and Supplies.

Essential Techniques.

Essential Baking Language.

II. FRUITS AND VEGETABLES.

1. Stone Fruit.

2. Apples, Pears, and Quinces.

3. Citrus Fruit.

4. Berries and Grapes.

5. Tropical and Exotic Fruit.

6. Dried Fruit.

7. Vegetables.

III. NUTS AND SEEDS.

8. Nuts.

9. Seeds.

IV. CHOCOLATE.

10. About Chocolate.

11. Dark Chocolate.

12. Milk Chocolate.

13. White Chocolate.

14. Cocoa.

15. Specialty Chocolate.

V. DIARY PRODUCTS.

16. Milk and Cream.

17. Cheeses.

VI. SPICES AND HERBS.

18. Spices.

19. Herbs.

VII. COFFEE, TEA, LIQUEURS, AND SPIRITS.

20. Coffee.

21. Tea.

22. Liqueurs and Spirits.

Appendices.

Comparative Volume of Baking Pan Sizes.

Weight and Measurement Equivalents.

Metric Conversions.

Sources for Ingredients and Equipment.

Photography Credits.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2007

    The best baking and dessert cookbook I have!!!

    I have a lot of cookbooks, mostly on desserts. When I saw this book I thought it was just another dessert cookbook with the same old recipes and pictures. Was I wrong. This is quickly becoming my favorite dessert cookbook mainly because it is so easy to use and it has such a wide variety of recipes. It¿s arranged in such a logical way with recipes divided up by their primary ingredient. For example, I like tropical fruits so I just go to the tropical and exotic fruit section and all the recipes with tropical fruits are there. My favorite here is the Coconut Biscotti but that Pineapple Tarte Tatin is so, so yummy also. I like anything with chocolate and there is a big section with many recipes. The White Chocolate and Lemon Tart is to die for. Another thing so neat about this book is the way the recipes are laid out in a kind of table format which makes them so easy to follow. I am really happy with this book. I am thinking it may be the only dessert cookbook I will every need. I intend to make all of the over 250 recipes (and some of the variations too). I highly recommended this to all dessert bakers. It is really easy to use and there is something for everyone.

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