le 27 février 2012
If ever there was an American cookbook you should own, I think this should be the one.
I have decided to purchase Martha Stewart baking handbook after visiting her website, looking for birthday cakes ideas. Of course, to be honest, being an admirer of just about everything she makes for many years, the choice wasn't very difficult for me to make. However, now that I have looked through, studied and tried a few recipes myself, I can say in all objectivity that you really don't need to be a fan of Martha's to appreciate the content of her baking handbook.
Since January, I have tried about half a dozen recipes so far (and some of them several times already) and every time it has been a big hit.
Whether preparing birthday parties, Valentine's Day treats, cupcakes for all occasions or breakfast muffins... I haven't been disappointed.
I just love the way things are presented & explained and also that some recipes are very versatile. I also noticed that, so far the ingredients aren't very difficult to find here, in France.
It is a beautiful book altogether and when someone in my home sees me taking it of the shelf, they know that "good things" are about to happen in the kitchen. This book makes me want to experiment new things.
Now, I am looking forward to trying more new recipes, especially the ones that call for fresh summer fruits.
Needless to say, I am very satisfied with this purchase.
(Many thanks to you, Lady Martha and your excellent team !)
le 1 juillet 2012
The pictures from this book are really beautiful and put you in the mood for baking. You actually don't know which recipe to try first. Nevertheless it's full of time-consuming recipes and it wasn't exactly the kind of baking book I thought it would be. I was looking for an all American baking book with traditional recipes. This one is more a combination of recipes such as Macarons, puff pastry, Kouign Aman, Dobos Torte, Baguette, Croissants, Foccacia, Pizza, Sfogliatelle and so on. Also, her recipes aren't for beginner bakers.