Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook

Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook

by Martha Stewart
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Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm so disappointed! I was really wanting a baking HANDBOOK, but the book does a weak job at every aspect of a handbook except the pictures and explanations of tools and techniques. Before I go on, the book does some things very well. The photos of techniques and supplies is awesome. The recipes are interesting and many are unusual twists. But it's disappointing as a handbook. The selection of recipes is not basic at all, which is what I would have expected of a baking handbook. It's very heavy on French-style pastries, and there were very few recipes that kids would enjoy. Many of the recipes require unusual ingredients and pans, which no one but a gourmet would have. Most of the recipes require a special shopping trip for most of us before starting because just one ingredient or pan required is not stocked at the local grocery store. A yummy-sounding recipe for a basic olive oil bread requires fresh yeast. Fresh yeast? How many of us have ever baked with that? And the pans. Barquette molds, fluted tart pans, mini tart pans, cannele mold, madeleine pan, panettone mold, baba mold, English muffin cutter and ring. Sigh. There aren't any substitution suggestions for strange ingredients or pans, so my only recourse is to drool over the recipes forever or suck it up and buy the equipment to try them. If you want a beautiful cookbook with quality pictures and gourmet techniques, this book is for you. If you want a baking handbook, buy King Arthur's Flour books or stick to The Joy of Cooking.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This baking handbook is probably not ideal for novice bakers, but if you're a baker who has a good command of how to bake cakes, cookies, pies, tarts, and bread, this book is an excellent tool to take your baking to that next level. The recipes are not so complicated that you need a culinary degree to accomplish them (the same cannot be said of some of Martha's recipes in other books!) but they're also challenging enough that serious bakers won't get bored. If you're just starting out with baking, I'd suggest easier books first like one from Better Homes & Gardens. If you're an accomplished baker already, this book may provide some new challenges and at the very least inspire you with new ideas for old standards.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Martha's newest book is definitely one of her best - it was worth the wait. Great ideas for baking in a simple manner all the way to the extravagant. I love the organization and topics included in the book and plan to get each of my daughters their own copy. Kudos to the chef!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love cookbooks...This will be one of my favorites...I have already tried the carrot cake...moist and delicious!!...As always...Martha has made her book...lovely and easy to follow...I'm going to try some of the breads this weekend...Thanks!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Enjoy this book. It is so detailed and worth the money. This book will be with you for life. A lot of good ideas and pictures to go by to make your mind on any special occasion.
Madsgal More than 1 year ago
I don't think that this cookbook ever gets put away at my house. I LOVE this book! It is my Bible in the kitchen!
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This book is just wonderful!
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SeaDogJF More than 1 year ago
Very practical information. Easy to understand.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All recipes are writing in detail instruction, it's easy to follow and the result is very delicious! A must have book for people who love baking.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I've had great success with the recipes in this book. True to Martha's form, she's included so much valuable attention to detail.