Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks (October 6, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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I'm a huge fan of Duff Goldman and think of him and his Charm City Cakes crew as not just bakers, but artists. So I was worried that being as talented as he is, he wouldn't be able to break down the art form into something understandable for weekend bakers like myself. Well, I was wrong to worry. The recipes are mostly easy to follow, for both novice and experienced bakers. If you've only ever baked a slice and bake chocolate chip cookie, you'll definitely find many challenges in here, but plenty of guidance. If you're more experienced and know a thing or two about baking, this book is probably right on your level.His bar and cookie recipes look easy to moderately challenging. He's got easy bread recipes for people who've never worked with yeast, and more complicated recipes (sourdough, anybody?) for those who are ready. I'm both nervous and excited to try to create my first sourdough starter (which I didn't even know was a thing).His cake decorating section I felt deviated from the overall aim of the book (i.e., easy and non-intimidating). I would have liked less info on fondant and project ideas, and more instruction on how to frost cake, do pretty piping with buttercream, and maybe some sprinkle work. I'll probably not delve into fondant work unless I take a class.I'm most excited to try his cinnamon roll recipe and his Swiss buttercream recipe. Least excited about anything fondant related. If you're worried you might not learn any new techniques, I'd still recommend you pick this up for the great recipes and the adorable narrative that Duff and co-author Sara provide.Update: cinnamon roll recipe was easy enough to follow. My boyfriend complained that they were too sweet and needed more time in the oven.
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