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The Fearless Baker: Scrumptious Cakes, Pies, Cobblers, Cookies, And Quick Breads That You Can Make To Impress Your Friends And Yourself (2011)

by Emily Luchetti(Favorite Author)
3.96 of 5 Votes: 4
0316074284 (ISBN13: 9780316074285)
Little, Brown and Company
review 1: I haven't made a single recipe from this book, but I think I gained weight just reading it. Unlike the purported audience described above, I've always enjoyed baking and haven't been afraid to try making anything sweet. The recipes in this book sound absolutely wonderful and hopefully one day I'll have my weight where I want it and will have the ability to eat such things as Apple Crisp Bars, Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies, Truffle Brownies, Strawberry Cream Cake, Buttermilk Cheesecake, Chocolate Pecan Pie, Dark Chocolate Truffles, and Chocolate Mousse. Personally, I found a lot of the hints and directions on the simplistic side, but I guess there are folks who need them. I wish the book had more pictures of the food, but then I guess I would have gotten even hungrier readi... moreng it. With 175 recipes, I'm sure you could find something you shouldn't eat, but want to make anyway. If you keep your kitchen stocked with normal baking supplies and equipment, you should be able to make most of the recipes without hunting through gourmet stores for ingredients that cost a fortune and of which you will use only a small portion. These recipes call for good-quality chocolate, cream, flour, sugar, baking soda, vanilla, kosher salt, milk, eggs, and other ingredients you will use again. Grade: B+Now, how many more pounds to go???Thanks to the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley.
review 2: When I went to the mailbox this morning, I was excited to see that "The Fearless Baker" arrived. I couldn't wait until nap time when I could curl up on the couch and read through this book uninterrupted. I loved the down to earth introduction. I wouldn't consider myself to be a fearful baker but I don't bake enough to feel confident in my ability. I love that in the introduction, the author made me feel that I could do it since "I have a driver's license, can ride a bike, graduated from school, am raising a family" so therefore I could bake a cake or pie or cookies. Another thing that I loved while reading through this book was the "retro" illustrations. They are cute and warm without being campy. I also loved the dialogue between the Fearful Baker and Emily Luchetti. In one dialogue, cookies were burnt because a timer wasn't set and Ms. Luchetti said even seasoned bakers make a mistake at times. I also love that at the back of the book there is a conversion chart. I am constantly looking up things like that on the internet and love that it is all in the book.Another fantastic piece of advice at the beginning of the book was to read through a recipe completely. I usually see something that sounds good and then read the list of ingredients to make my grocery list. There has been a few times where I didn't plan ahead because I didn't read the whole thing to see that something needed to be chilled for a few hours. Simple advice that I will always follow now.I can't wait for my get together on Monday with my girlfriends so I can make a dessert to bring. The hard part will be trying to decide which one of the fantastic desserts to make. I appreciate that the recipes seem "fancy" but don't seem to be much work. I am a mom to two energetic little boys and appreciate fantastic recipes that aren't so consuming of my time.Thank you for the opportunity to read this fantastic book. This will be one that I refer to for years to come. less
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I continue to be amazed at how much I love this cookbook, given that it has no photos.
Made the cinnamon sugar cookies recently. I think I ate every last one!
Some good recipes.
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