Ace of Cakes: Inside the World of Charm City Cakes

Ace of Cakes: Inside the World of Charm City Cakes

by Duff Goldman, Willie Goldman

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061703010
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/20/2009
Pages: 307
Sales rank: 258,629
Product dimensions: 8.22(w) x 10.26(h) x 0.98(d)

About the Author

Duff Goldman studied at the Corcoran School in Washington, D.C., and was a young graffiti artist of some notoriety. He started working for acclaimed Baltimore chef Cindy Wolf while attending the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He studied pastries at the Culinary Institute of America and worked at the French Laundry under acclaimed pastry chef Steven Durfee, at the Vail Cascade Hotel and Resort, and at Todd English's Olives restaurant in Washington, D.C., before opening Charm City Cakes in Baltimore in 2000. Duff is also a sculptor and artist, and a musician who plays bass in the rock band . . . soihadto . . . . He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

When his younger brother was born, Willie Goldman couldn't pronounce "Jeffrey." It came out "Duff," and the name stuck. A screenwriter and producer, Willie began his career at NBC Burbank, where he worked on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Later with Greg Kinnear, and Hang Time, and then moved on to Warner Bros. Television, where he worked on the Emmy-winning drama E.R. for seven seasons. Willie also wrote an adaptation of the acclaimed James Crumley novel The Last Good Kiss. The co-creator and coexecutive producer of Ace of Cakes, Willie lives in Los Angeles.

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Ace of Cakes: Inside the World of Charm City Cakes 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Milk-n-Cookies More than 1 year ago
I just got my copy at a book signing by the entire bakery in Baltimore! What an amazing and warm group of individuals! They were so sweet, everyone was there, even the intern (i forgot his name, yikes!)!! Mary Alice was so outgoing, Geof was, well, Geof, and Duff was doing that laugh of his and I even met his brother, Willie, who wrote the book with Duff! They are just like they seem on the show, very laid back and they seem to be a big happy family. I haven't put the book down, it is so full of everything anyone could want to know about the story of Charm City Cakes and Duff and Ace of Cakes and everyone who works there! It is so well written and I think Duff and Willie really wrote the book, not some anonymous writer! How Cool! It is not a cook book, Duff says so in THE VERY FIRST LINE OF THE BOOK! I think he wrote this one for the fans, but, as a cake artist myself, I hope the next book is, well, not a cook book, but more like a text book on how they do the incredible things they do. That would be a most welcome addition to all the books about cakes out there. This book, however, is beautiful, lucid, and an amazing story with more detail than anyone could possibly ingest in one sitting! Grand Slam for Duff, Willie, and Charm City Cakes!!!
RufusRW More than 1 year ago
First of all let me say that this book is poorly edited and that's being nice. There are so many obvious spelling and grammar mistakes it's unbelievble. At times I had to read a sentence more than once just to figure out what they were trying to say. I absolutely love this TV show and love the people who work at the bakery. Geof and Mary Alice could take their comedy on the road. But the book... eh. Not so much. The entire second half of the book is all about the crew and the production behind the scenes. If you're into how a reality show is made, I guess it would be interesting. If you're not, it isn't. The best parts of the first half are when each of the employees gets to write their own little blurb about who they are and how they came to the bakery. Duff's story is interesting, but he repeats part of it several times in the book.
karieh on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Though I am an avid Food Network devotee¿I never really watch ¿Ace of Cakes¿. It¿s not that I have anything against the show itself¿it¿s just that I am one of the, what, 5 people in this country that despise reality TV. The snark, the nastiness, the stupid game-playing, the total lack of shame and/or pride of the people involved¿no, thanks.And yet, from reading ¿Ace of Cakes¿¿it appears that this is one reality show that has none of what I dislike about reality TV. This show is real, for one, and is about nice, talented people who love what they do and where the work. Whod¿ve thunk?The creator of the style of cake, the place (Charm City Cakes) and the great working atmosphere is Duff Goldman. In this book, the reader learns a great deal about him and the people that he¿s drawn together to create magic. His talent and outlook on life and art are what inspire his business, his show and now, this book.¿Yes, art can be something that hangs on a wall, but it can also be the shape of a building, the sleek lines of a race car, or lighted images projected on a screen. And, yes, art can be something you can eat. Food as art is a temporary medium, but, like all lasting art, where it matters most is not on the plate but in your memories.¿I think what made this book so interesting for me was the love and passion that came through¿mostly from Duff, but also from the other artists at Charm City Cakes and those who are now part of that family by way of the show. These people love what they do and where they work. They also love their city (Baltimore) and the man who brought them all together. All parts of ¿Ace of Cakes¿ come together in this book¿the artists, the clients, those involved in the show¿even those people who blog about the show. It¿s a multi-faceted look at an amazing (and very positive) phenomenon. It made me think of the ¿If you build it, they will come¿¿ quote from Field of Dreams. Duff Goldman imagined it, started it¿and then drew people to him with his talent and personality.The pictures and illustrations are very well done. If you can eat with your eyes¿I¿d better avoid the scale for a while. And the gorgeous and outrageous designs¿well, there¿s no putting those into words. Well, except maybe this quote from one of the decorators, Ben, might sum it up a bit: ¿¿combining an aircraft carrier, a dog named Randolph, and a left-hand turn signal into one cake can be a daunting task.¿This book provided a fascinating look for me into an art form, a place, and some very talented and wonderful people that I knew very little about. Though I doubt I will be able to ever experience Charm City Cakes first hand, this book provided just a taste (sorry¿couldn¿t avoid that forever¿) of what this ¿more than a bakery¿ has to offer.¿¿mixing friendship with business is risky ¿ because close camaraderie among management and staff can complicate hard business choices. Yet somehow we¿ve made it work in most cases. We¿re all friends who enjoy applying their skills to cake decorating¿treating everyone the best you can installs a loyalty that contributes to the collective success of the business.¿And Charm City Cakes/ ¿Ace of Cakes¿ is a success indeed¿and? It now has one more loyal viewer.
irunsjh on LibraryThing 3 months ago
A very unexpected book. I received this book as a gift, not even aware that it existed. I am very happy to have gotten it. I loved looking at the pictures of the different cakes that Charm City Cakes has made over the years, as well as learning the history of the bakery. This is one of my favorite shows on TV, so to learn about the history was very interesting to me. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the show.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone who is a fan of "Ace of Cakes" must have this book. It's a great collection of the work that Charm City Cakes has done up until the time of publishing. It's a great coffee-table book, too! Anyone would enjoy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my son's birthday, he loves the show and the book. we decorate cakes for birthdays and this give us so many new ideas. loved it .
ALB620 More than 1 year ago
When I enjoy a show or movie, I love to get more detail about the people or characters in the show, as well as a look at what happens behind the scenes. While I am a little overwhelmed at the amount of information in this book, I am fully enjoying reading the book and gaining a new perspective on my favorite Food Network show!
templarjdm More than 1 year ago
It's a coffee table book that they sell in the food section. There isn't any insight or explanation, no technical know-how; just pretty pictures of "cakes" that are in most cases composed of mostly inedible material. You could buy a bean bag chair, a tickle-me-Elmo, and a cake from the supermarket and you'd essentially have a "Charm City" cake. The only thing more ridiculous than the premise of the book/ show is thew haughty, self-congratulatory attitude of the "bakers" themselves. In fairness, I think that there are many more talented cake shops in the country, which I find irritating as I live not far away from Baltimore and would like to support the locals. Also , Duff is a douche who wears jerseys from every other NHL franchise but doesn't support the team thirty minutes away.
mmgalls More than 1 year ago
If you love the show, you'll love the book. I gave this to my son for Christmas and he really enjoys it, I have read it also and it was a lot of fun to read and very interesting on how things are really done on the show.
Flagstafffan More than 1 year ago
What a great book! I am a fan of Ace of Cakes, so it was fun reading in detail about Duff and the crew. The photos were fun to look at. Only thing missing was Duff's infectious laugh!!
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love the show, was fun to see behind the scenes. great pics and stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a gift and the receiver was excited to read from cover to cover.
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Alazala1 More than 1 year ago
I loved the book, although I would have like to see more pictures as how the cakes were ensambled...or how the cakes are put together....other than that I loved the book!!! Great pictures....
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if you enjoy watching the tv show, you'll like this book. gives more information on duff and his fellow workers. also gives more incite to the show and it's background. very enjoyable.