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The star of TLC's smash hit shares everything a home cook needs to know about baking as he takes readers through the same progressive training he had in his apprenticeship. "Baking with the Cake Boss" offers readers the same on-the-job education earned by everyone who comes to work at Buddy's home away from home, Carlo's Bake Shop. 272 pp. 125,000 print.
- ISBN-13: 9781439183526
- ISBN-10: 143918352X
- Publisher: Free Press
- Publish Date: November 2011
- Page Count: 337
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2011-10-24
- Reviewer: Staff
Valastro, owner of Carlo's Bake Shop in Hoboken and star of TLC's Cake Boss, gives would-be bakers a running start with this superb collection of recipes, tips, and decorating secrets. Valastro (Cake Boss: Stories and Recipes from Mia Famiglia) rolls up his sleeves and walks readers through the steps for making Rugelach, cream puffs, cannoli, and cakes before he breaks out the fondant, enabling readers to learn the fundamentals before attempting cakes that look like gift-wrapped presents or a Thanksgiving turkey. Inspired and engaging, Valastro provides instructions on piping frosting, trimming cakes, and making homemade pie crust—augmented with step-by-step photos. His attention to detail proves even more useful by the time fans try making his more elaborate creations, such as the two-tiered "Animal Safari Cake," which features wild animals, piped trees, leaves, and a waterfall, and spans 13 pages. Approachable enough for the novice, but challenging enough for the experienced home baker, Valastro's collection is a terrific and accessible resource that budding bakers can grow with. (Nov.)