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The Artful Baker: Extraordinary Desserts From an Obsessive Home Baker
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The Artful Baker: Extraordinary Desserts From an Obsessive Home Baker

by Cenk Sonmezsoy
 

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A collection of more than 100 extraordinary desserts—all with photos and meticulous instructions—by Cenk Sönmezsoy, creator of the internationally acclaimed blog Cafe Fernando.
 
Written, styled, photographed, and designed by Cenk Sönmezsoy, The Artful Baker shares the inspiring story of a passionate home baker,

Overview


A collection of more than 100 extraordinary desserts—all with photos and meticulous instructions—by Cenk Sönmezsoy, creator of the internationally acclaimed blog Cafe Fernando.
 
Written, styled, photographed, and designed by Cenk Sönmezsoy, The Artful Baker shares the inspiring story of a passionate home baker, beginning with his years after graduate school in San Francisco and showcasing the fruits of a baking obsession he cultivated after returning home to Istanbul. Sönmezsoy’s stories and uniquely styled images, together with his original creations and fresh take on traditional recipes, offer a thoughtful and emotional window into the life of this luminary artist.
 
The Artful Baker is comprised of almost entirely new content, with a few updated versions of readers’ favorites from his blog, such as Brownie Wears Lace, his signature brownies topped with blond chocolate ganache and bittersweet chocolate lace (originally commissioned by Dolce & Gabbana and awarded “Best Original Baking and Desserts Recipe” by Saveur magazine); Raspberry Jewel Pluot Galette, a recipe inspired by Chez Panisse’s 40th year anniversary celebrations; and Devil Wears Chocolate, his magnificent devil’s food cake that graces the cover of the book.
 
Each chapter highlights a variety of indulgences, from cookies to cakes and tarts to ice creams, including recipes like Pistachio and Matcha Sablés; Tahini and Leblebi (double-roasted chickpeas) Swirl Brownies; Sakura Madeleines; Sourdough Simit, the beloved ring-shaped Turkish bread beaded with sesame seeds; Isabella Grape and Kefir Ice Cream; Pomegranate Jam; and Blanche, a berry tart named after the Golden Girl Blanche Devereaux.
 
Every recipe in The Artful Baker has gone through a meticulous development phase, tested by an army of home bakers having varying levels of skill, equipment, and access to ingredients, and revised to ensure that they will work flawlessly in any kitchen. Measurements of ingredients are provided in both volume and weight (grams). Where a volume measurement isn’t useful, weight measurements are provided in both ounces and grams.
 

Editorial Reviews

James Beard award winner, author of Dories Cookies - Dorie Greenspan

“Some books are beautiful, some are useful and the rare ones are both. The Artful Baker is a rare book from a rare talent. Cenk is an extraordinary pastry chef with a remarkable eye. His images have the capacity to make us dream. Happily, his recipes allow us to bake and share those dreams.”
bestselling author of My Paris Kitchen David Lebovitz

“A beautiful collection of classic and exotic desserts, The Artful Baker will entice you into the kitchen with spectacular photographs and clear instructions. But it's the flavors that will sweetly seduce you. All the ingredients of a superb baking book!”
bestselling author and food critic Tom Parker Bowles

“Cenk Sönmezsoy is not only a hugely talented photographer, but a spectacular baker too. This book brings both talents together, and is pure, unfiltered delight.”

James Beard award winner, author of Bread and Pastry - Nick Malgieri

The Artful Baker presents clearly written recipes, easy to master techniques, strikingly beautiful presentations, and exquisite flavor – in other words, this book has it all. Cenk has spent years honing his talents in baking, writing, styling, and photography and they have all come together in this most gloriously creative book.”
bestselling author and owner of Poilâne Bake Apollonia Poilâne

“Delving through The Artful Baker, I was interested in Cenk’s unique outlook on all-time favorite desserts. His understanding of several culinary cultures, thoughtful blends of ingredients, and masterful presentations will elevate your home confections to works of art.”
bestselling author of Home Baked Yvette von Boven

“I’m completely speechless after reading this book, I want to run to my oven and bake until I drop.”
bestselling author and baking expert Dan Lepard

There’s elegant boldness to Cenk Sönmezsoy’s The Artful Baker, with recipes that immediately look comforting, stylish and sound utterly delicious. Partnered with seriously beautiful photography, it’s the perfect gift for anyone who loves baking. Even better, keep it for yourself and just dazzle them with brilliance next time you bake.”
James Beard award winner, journalist, and author - Janet Fletcher

“I knew Cenk’s book would be worth the long wait, but I didn’t know it would be the most stunning baking book ever. His talent, originality, personality and passion have produced an instant classic.”
founder of SimplyRecipes.com Elise Bauer

“There's no other way to say it, The Artful Baker is a beautifully crafted masterpiece. Cenk Sönmezsoy took years to create this book and it shows. The care that went into each page is evident with every recipe detail and each stunning photograph. This book is a treasure.”
bestselling author of My Paris Kitchen - David Lebovitz

“A beautiful collection of classic and exotic desserts, The Artful Baker will entice you into the kitchen with spectacular photographs and clear instructions. But it's the flavors that will sweetly seduce you. All the ingredients of a superb baking book!”
bestselling author and food critic - Tom Parker Bowles

“Cenk Sönmezsoy is not only a hugely talented photographer, but a spectacular baker too. This book brings both talents together, and is pure, unfiltered delight.”
bestselling author and owner of Poilâne Bakery - Apollonia Poilâne

“Delving through The Artful Baker, I was interested in Cenk’s unique outlook on all-time favorite desserts. His understanding of several culinary cultures, thoughtful blends of ingredients, and masterful presentations will elevate your home confections to works of art.”
bestselling author of Home Baked - Yvette von Boven

“I’m completely speechless after reading this book, I want to run to my oven and bake until I drop.”
bestselling author and baking expert - Dan Lepard

There’s elegant boldness to Cenk Sönmezsoy’s The Artful Baker, with recipes that immediately look comforting, stylish and sound utterly delicious. Partnered with seriously beautiful photography, it’s the perfect gift for anyone who loves baking. Even better, keep it for yourself and just dazzle them with brilliance next time you bake.”
founder of SimplyRecipes.com - Elise Bauer

“There's no other way to say it, The Artful Baker is a beautifully crafted masterpiece. Cenk Sönmezsoy took years to create this book and it shows. The care that went into each page is evident with every recipe detail and each stunning photograph. This book is a treasure.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781419726491
Publisher:
ABRAMS
Publication date:
10/17/2017
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
972,058
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)

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Meet the Author


Cenk Sönmezsoy is an author, blogger, photographer, and food stylist based in Istanbul. In 2006, he created Café Fernando (cafefernando.com), cited as one of the “World’s 50 Best Food Blogs” by the London Times and awarded “Best Culinary Travel Blog,” “Best Original Baking and Desserts Recipe,” and “Best Piece of Culinary Writing” by Saveur.