For Brown, love and baking are inseparable. After all, he abandoned an unrewarding career in law to do the workbaking cakes that he finds truly emotionally satisfying. Every page of CakeLove communicates that satisfaction, as well as Brown s can-do approach to the art of baking. As he asserts, baking cakes isn t a cakewalk, but it s not rocket science, eitherand getting it right isn t nearly as hard as you think.
Pound cakes, butter cakes, sponge cakes, cupcakes. Glazes, frostings, fillings, meringues. Brown provides all the basics on ingredients, equipment, and techniques, as well as recipes for more than 50 cakes that range from the classic (Chocolate Butter Cake) to the adventurous ( Sassy, a pound cake made with mango puree and cayenne pepper). The informative step-by-step shots make you want to run to the kitchen and start baking, and the scrumptious color photos of completed cakes look good enough to sink your teeth into."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 52.
- Review Date: 2008-04-21
- Reviewer: Staff
Brown takes the intimidation factor out of baking with easy-to-follow recipes while entertaining with his upbeat and casual writing style. The former lawyer and bakery owner, fulfills the promise to take readers on a “tour of how and why I bake cakes,” weaving his personal journey that led to sugar and flour as the tools of his career. Chapters include those featuring types of cake (pound, butter, foam), as well as sections on frostings and glazes, fillings, meringues and cake assembly. The fun and informal recipes, such as Sassy, and Mr. Banana Legs, consist of clear, numbered steps and are accompanied by informative headnotes. Full-color photos illustrate step-by-step techniques and showcase the cakes that are chockfull of appeal with their less-than-perfect appearance and convey the author’s philosophy that baking shouldn’t be an uptight endeavor; as long as a cake is homemade, it deserves respect. (May)