The Baking Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum
Whether you are a seasoned home baker, a beginner or a professional, when a new book by Rose Levy Beranbaum comes out, pay attention! Rose is the undisputed Diva of Desserts, with ten exceptional books on baking, and a very popular blog, Real Baking with Rose.
Her newest book, The Baking Bible, shines a welcoming beam of light on the best in the world of baking: Bread, cakes, pies, tarts, pastries, and confections.
Rose is known throughout the culinary industry for her meticulous attention to detail, her extensive research and testing of ingredients, and her precise instructions for each recipe she creates. She has raised the bar by encouraging home bakers to measure ingredients carefully by weighing them. She lists both the US standard system of ounces and pounds, and the International metric system, the preferred standard of most professional bakers, in each of her recipes, and she tests her recipes extensively so you don’t have to. Followed properly, her recipes are a no-fail proposition. This alone is reason for a standing ovation!
The encore includes the sharing of techniques and baking tips that Rose has garnered over the years. If the devil is indeed in the details, she has the devil cornered. I have included the list of Rose’s Top Ten Foolproof Baking Tips, as an example of why The Baking Bible should be front-and-center in our bookshelves just as Julia Child’s books were for serious cooks in the 1960s.
When I first met Rose in the 1990s, I was struck by her warmth and accessibility. She is like a dear aunt, both knowledgeable and humble, who wants you to join her in the kitchen to bake and visit over a cup of coffee. Her dedication, “To our wonderful bloggers, who have formed a baking community that brings us the world,” is the quintessential Rose. This is part of Rose’s appeal – she hasn’t a competitive bone in her body.
Consider this: Her book, The Cake Bible, published in 1988, is now in its fiftieth printing and was named one of the top thirteen baking books on the James Beard Foundation’s “Essential Book List.” Rose’s other books have also won James Beard Foundation and International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook of the Year awards. She is a true gem and her cookbooks will become beloved additions to your home baking library.
There are so many new, unusual and incredible recipes in The Baking Bible, that it was difficult to choose only a couple of the delicious choices to share. Nonetheless, here are two of my favorites, Mini Gateaux Breton and Heavenly Chocolate Mousse Cake.
I sincerely hope you will be motivated to purchase The Baking Bible as it will surely take center stage as the go-to book for exceptional recipes and invaluable tips for producing the most beautiful baked goods in your community!
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