Vintage Cakes: More Than 90 Heirloom Recipes for Tremendously Good Cakes

Vintage Cakes: More Than 90 Heirloom Recipes for Tremendously Good Cakes

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by Jane Brocket
     
 

  • Over 90 recipes from the deliciously decadent Red Velvet Cake to the simple but sublime Madeira Cake.
  • Every recipe is beautifully photographed in an inspiring vintage setting with delightful crockery and tableware.
  • Insightful introductions give provenance to the history and background of each recipe.

Overview

  • Over 90 recipes from the deliciously decadent Red Velvet Cake to the simple but sublime Madeira Cake.
  • Every recipe is beautifully photographed in an inspiring vintage setting with delightful crockery and tableware.
  • Insightful introductions give provenance to the history and background of each recipe.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440320743
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
09/17/2012
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.70(d)

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Meet the Author

Jane Brocket is the successful author of The Gentle Art of Domesticity and Turkish Delight and Treasure Hunts. She has written about baking with children for the Guardian. Jane's blog Yarnstorm was started in 2007 and covers quilting, baking, color, culture and inspiration. Yarnstorm is the leading domestic/craft blog in the UK, but also has a wide readership in the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Blog: yarnstorm.blogs.com

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Vintage Cakes: More Than 90 Heirloom Recipes for Tremendously Good Cakes 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JuliaMVD More than 1 year ago
This is a very, very good book. Those familiar with the Jane Brocket's blog won't be surprised by the quality and thoughtfulness of her introductions (sometimes leaning on informative and sometimes playful and almost poetical), and the clarity of the baking instructions. The photography is luscious and the styling props compliment the spirit of the recipes.  The author uses the adjectives "scant" and "generous" for the amounts of ingredients as well as possible substitutions and ranges of quantities instead of set numbers, tipping the cook on what to expect of the recipe. This and the tips on how to avoid disasters show this is a genuine collection of tried and true recipes. "Vintage" is a very accurate term to describe the contents of this book, as they certainly belong to an era where calories and nutrition were the purpose of cooking and not the opposite. Most of this food is from the time it was scarce, and to be eaten with a mind of sharing and of relative indulgence. This is not food to eat on one's own, for sure! I really liked the introductions and found the regional recipes quite open minding - most of them would fall in that category, actually. While the writing seeks to elicit nostalgia, as I'm not from any of the regions mentioned to me most were quite exotic. Not bad or difficult, just new and exotic. I didn't give it 5 stars because: I disagree with most of the categorization (there are plenty of celebration cakes and small cakes in sections other than those, about half of the tin cakes don't last longer than a few days); it should contain a better table of contents and a better index, it should contain a page of equivalences of volume / weight / other expressions and use the same throughout the book (butter is expressed in sticks, cups and tablespoons and the baking powder is expressed in either teaspoons, grams or ounces), two recipes call for store bought pastry, and I found the overall styling (not just the pictures) cluttered and overwhelming. It should have been more sparse and allowed the reader some room for their own notes. I think it would be a nice addition to have more information on icing and decoration.  In spite of my misgivings I believe this to be a very good addition to my cookbook library, the recipes I've tried have come out wonderfully (banana loaf, tea loaf, madeira cake, pancakes, devil's food cake and my new signature little cake, "raspberry jam cakes", which is blueberry jam cake in my case) and I wholeheartedly recommend it to enthusiast home bakers, both new and experienced.