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Williams-Sonoma Essentials of Baking: Recipes and Techniques for Succcessful Home Baking

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This information-packed volume opens with detailed descriptions of equipment—both the basics and tools for the more ambitious baker. All the standard baking ingredients are then explained, along with helpful tips on how to work with them. A handful of fundamental baking techniques follows, each one presented in an illuminating series of step-by-step photographs and text. Next come eight chapters filled with more than 130 recipes, ranging from everyday baking powder biscuits to celebratory layer cakes to elegant ...
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Overview


This information-packed volume opens with detailed descriptions of equipment—both the basics and tools for the more ambitious baker. All the standard baking ingredients are then explained, along with helpful tips on how to work with them. A handful of fundamental baking techniques follows, each one presented in an illuminating series of step-by-step photographs and text. Next come eight chapters filled with more than 130 recipes, ranging from everyday baking powder biscuits to celebratory layer cakes to elegant custard-filled éclairs. Each chapter introduction includes such information as how to choose the right baking pan, how ingredients work together, and what problems might arise and how to solve them. Some chapter openers also feature step-by-step photographs and text that explain techniques specific to the subject at hand, such as how to knead bread dough, how to frost a cake, or how to fold puff pastry. Many individual recipes include invaluable instructional photographs as well. A collection of favorite sauces, fillings, frostings, and glazes and a glossary complete this indispensable volume, leaving the reader fully prepared to heat up the oven and begin baking.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780848732585
  • Publisher: Oxmoor House
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Series: Williams Sonoma Essentials
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 175,633
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2010

    WINNER!

    I have the older version of this book and it is a must-have in the kitchen. Recipes are well written, easy to follow, and techniques are explained. Great book for all people who love baking-- the recipes always come out perfectly. Unlike some other baking books, I have never had a bad product when made with one of these recipes. Beautiful photographs also! Highly recommended.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    Excellent Cookbook

    I gave this cookbook as a Christmas gift to my son's girlfriend. She absolutely loved it, especially the chapter that was entirely devoted to chocolate recipes. I have the older version of this book, and what I really like is that all recipes have a picture of the finished product. It's a great cookbook for someone who is just learning.

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