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Publishers Weekly -Starred Review.
Bakers of all skill levels will appreciate this inclusive collection of classic recipes, clearly rendered; whether they want to craft an old-fashioned Key Lime Pie or a simpler, ice cream-based version called a Cool Lime Pie, they'll find expert guidance here. Though this volume doesn't dive too deep into any particular genre, virtually all the classics can be found: simple macaroons, Devil's Food Cake, Banana Cream Pie, Lemon Bars, and nine varieties of cheesecakes are included, as well as more imaginative riffs like Black-And-White Bread Pudding with White Chocolate Custard Sauce, Hazelnut Dacquoise, and Banana Crepes with Maple-Walnut Sauce. Clever tips will help cooks keep chopped nuts from sinking into batters (toss them with a little flour), separate eggs (best when the eggs are cold), and whip up pastry dough in a food processor (though the traditional, by-hand method is also included). Recipes for pastry dough are thoughtfully scaled for various tart and pie shells, and variations on standards are grouped together helpfully. This thorough, well-thought-out collection represents the Good Housekeeping brand at its best, and makes an excellent choice for budding cooks and bakers.
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