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Beginner's Baking Bible: 130+ Recipes and Techniques for New Bakers Paperback – 24 December 2019
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"Here's a baking book I can get behind! Heather has done a fantastic job covering basic recipes with creativity and pizzazz. Beginning bakers, as well as old pros, can glean inspiration to get in the kitchen and get baking. The Chocolate Pecan Pie awaits me!"--Jessica Fisher, Good Cheap Eats (https: //goodcheapeats.com)
"Heather has created a complete baking manual focused on the novice baker, yet bakers of any skill level will reap the joy of creating new favorites from the multitude of recipes offered. Also included are easy-to-read and understandable tips and techniques especially geared to the novice (i.e. making substitutions if the ingredients aren't available) which should inspire confidence. You will find in time this book will quickly become dog eared from its frequent use!"--J Pietrzak
"With a background as a high school home economics teacher, Heather Perine understands how to break lessons down to basics--and that shines through in this book, which clearly and effectively explains the basics of baking. Her recipes, as well as her incredibly helpful guidelines, will help build a foundation for your baking journey, no matter your skill level when you start. Most importantly, you'll find yourself baking mouthwateringly delicious treats! Such a great book!"--Jessica Hamby MS, RDN, founder/teacher, ittybittybakers.com
"The Beginner's Baking Bible is an easy-to-read and informative cookbook for anyone looking to dive into the art of baking. I love the detailed instructions for baking techniques and the fact that just about every classic dessert is included in the recipe lineup. Not only will this be a great reference book for my shelf, but it would also make a great gift!"--Beth Moncel, creator of Budgetbytes.com
About the Author
HEATHER PERINE is a teacher, recipe developer, and food blogger. She blogs about baking from scratch and shares tips, tricks, and simple recipes for bakers at BostonGirlBakes.com.
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I decided that I really needed to gain at least a basic grounding knowledge of essential baking skills, and when this book became available, I decided to see if it would meet my hopes and expectations. It certainly has!
After a brief introduction, Part One goes into detail about items needed in your kitchen for basic baking, including essential equipment, essential ingredients, and perfecting your process.
The next section is for teaching very basic skills and techniques which is well structured and easy to follow.
The rest of this cookbook consists of 130 recipes and instruction broken down into specific types like cookies, brownies and bars, pies, breads, cakes and more. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy these items were to make by following the recipes and instructions. The book has clearly given me a base from which to build on. I am now excited to have the basic skills that will give me the opportunity to experiment and develop my own recipes.
My only concern with the book is the virtual total lack of recipe pictures. From my experience and having reviewed a wide variety of cookbooks, I have found that pictures are really an essential component that brings the best cookbooks to life.
All in all, I found this to be a very helpful beginners guide to baking, along with exceptional recipes that build skills. I rate it at FOUR STARS due to its lack of pictures. I do, however, give the content my honest and hearty recommendation.
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I get it; here in the US we use cups, teaspoons, tablespoons, etc. We don't need no stinkin' metric! Right? Sigh...
However, this book claims to be a beginner's guide, and to see a beginner's guide that is perpetuating such a fundamental error is frustrating. Although I can't claim it is surprising.
I don't care whether you use metric or imperial measurements but if you are teaching baking you absolutely do not use volume-based measurements. Ever. It leads to inconsistent results and discourages people--especially beginners--from continuing because they end up believing that they aren't any good.
Personally, I prefer metric, and think all recipes *should* be in metric, but I'm a pragmatist, so this is my sole pet peeve regarding cooking. I grew up in the UK, so was exposed to a curious hodge-podge of both systems at once.
Don't believe me? Think measuring by volume is just fine for baking?
Try it for yourself. Scoop out a cup of flour, packing down in whatever manner you wish (so long as you use the same method every time) and weigh it, preferably in grams, for precision, but whatever. Then do it again, several times, making sure you scoop, pack down and sweep the same way every time. You will never get the same result, and it will vary quite dramatically too. Enough to mess up the balance between ingredients such that you'll never get the best results every time, meaning while it'll be edible, and even probably quite good, it will almost never be as good as it should be.
And yet this book recommends the "pack and sweep" method, which no professional baker will ever use. What frustrates me even more is it even goes out of it's way to point out that accurate measurement is a must.
So if your budding beginner has aspirations of becoming a professional, let them know that, while the recipes in this book will work just fine for home use, they will not be acceptable in a professional setting, and they *will* vary from attempt to attempt.
Reviewed in the United States on 16 August 2020
This beautiful cookbook has excellent basics of baking, covering terminology and technique. It’s layout is easy to read at a glance (especially while baking, which is helpful!). I especially appreciated the step by step photography with the techniques- very helpful, especially for the beginner.
The book does have basics, but I loved the variety of unique recipes as well! In the cookie section alone, we found some cookies that made our mouths water! I’m eager to try Spiced Hot Chocolate Cookies and Red Velvet Chocolate Chip! I’m very curious about the Glazed Orange Ricotta as well!
Comprehensive and easy to use - I think it’s already a family favorite!