Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (December 9, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.2 x 10 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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I love to bake, especially bread. I love cookbooks, I'm a British expat and I enjoy picking up regional recipes. So okay I have quite a few of these already, but Paul Hollywood has updated some beautifully. Plus I have been trying for 22 years to remember the name of these huge bread rolls I had when I stayed in Leeds for a few weeks and how to make them if I did ever find out their name. Problem solved thanks to this book. Barm cakes. They were 2" thick and came in different sizes from bread and butter plate to dinner plate size and were yummy! I digress. The book is very well written with the facts about the origins of the items, some personal asides and a lot of good photography. A very good book easy to follow for all levels of baking talents I would say.
Although this book is thorough in its descriptions and instructions and is greatly illustrated, it's weights, measures and sizes are METRIC only and the temperatures are based on UK settings. There is no conversion chart included for North American bakers, so be sure to have one available if you choose to follow any of Mr. Hollywood's fine recipes.
Love British food, and these are traditional baked good, sweet and savory. Paul Hollywood is renowned in Britain and his recipes are delicious, plus easy to follow.
I married a Brit. I didn't think the British had a cuisine. But I was wrong. This book is great fun, the recipes work well and it is clearly written. Often a celebrity chef will lend a name to a recipe book and the recipes just don't work. Everything I have made from this book has worked, almost perfectly. I'll be buying more of this man's books.
Nostalgia - lots of picture to help you bake, Can now bake those favorites from the cities we have lived in the UK, here in the US though a gram scale is necessary as recipes are measured by weight, NOT US cups and tablespoons
Both of his books are wonderful. I found over 80 recipes that I wanted to try out. The recipes are clear and easy to follow. You do need a scale: Caveat: plain flour means low protein cake flour...corn flour means corn starch & you'll need a scale with grams -- but the breads are fabulous & come out well every time! The cookies are interesting because many of them do not use eggs which gives them a decidedly light texture. This is the first baking book that I created a list for what I wanted to make and started baking my way through the book. Get the book & and start baking. Yummy!
What a great cookbook! I've already marked out several to make. The oatmeal pancakes are divine! The only downside is the directions are written for metric measures but that is easily remedied by getting out your scale.
Good cookbook with interesting cultural and historical contexts of recipes. Well written and with comprehensive photos showing recipe steps. Now just need to convert measurement amounts and ingredient equivalents!
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