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Annie Bell's Baking Bible: Over 200 Triple-tested Recipes That You'll Want to Make Again and Again [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Annie Bell
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Book Description

18 Oct 2012
In this beautifully illustrated book, Annie Bell explains the techniques that produce perfect results every time, whether baking sponge cakes, biscuits, brownies, muffins, macaroons or meringues. She creates sweet treats for all occasions, from children's birthdays to Christmas, sharing her fail-safe recipes that will ensure you never again bake a cake that fails to rise or sinks in the middle. And with recipes for everything from really great chocolate brownies, to a delicious carrot cake and tangy lemon and polenta cake, all packed into one practical volume, this is an indispensable guide to becoming a brilliant baker. It is the only baking book you will ever need.

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Books (18 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857830252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857830258
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 21.8 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Annie Bell began her careeer as a chef before becoming a full-time cookery writer and author. She spent several years as cookery writer for Vogue, then as food writer on the Independent. She currently writes for the Mail on Sunday's YOU magazine, and is a contributor to Country Living and Waitrose Kitchen. She was winner of the Guild of Food Writers' Cookery Writer of the Year Award in 2003. She is the author of the Gorgeous series: Gorgeous Cakes, Gorgeous Desserts, Gorgeous Suppers, Gorgeous Greens and Gorgeous Christmas plus Soup Glorious Soup, The Camping Cookbook and The Picnic Cookbook.

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'Annie Bell's simple recipes are just the ticket' BBC Good Food Magazine

'The Queen of outdoor cooking' Shelia Dillon, BBC Food Programme

'Annie Bell is a bright light among Britain's food writers' Nigel Slater

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'Food writer and stylist Annie Bell's latest compendium is a useful as it is beautiful - you'll want to dive right into the pictures and hoover up every crumb. The book is a knockout festive gift.' Waitrose Kitchen

Top 40 cookbooks of the year 2012: 'Bell, a former Vogue food writer, never disappoints.' The Times

'Claiming biblical status for a cookbook is a bold move but Annie Bell can handle it. The vastly experienced cook already has a reputation as a skilled bakemeister, thanks to tow earlier books on cakes and desserts, but her latest is a serious proposition, with more than 200 recipes and variations.' The Metro

'Everyone loves a good baking book, and this is one of the best.' BBC Good Food

'Annie simple yet impressive bakes are perfect for a celebration or afternoon tea with friends.'
Sainsbury's Magazine

'Inspired by the handwritten recipe book Annie inherited from her mother, all the familiar childhood staples are here, from choc-chip cookies to flapjacks and devil's food cake, together with watertight instructions to ensure perfectly baked results every time.' The English Home

'From delicate tortes and golden tray bakes and cakes thick with chocolate cream, take inspiration from Annie Bell's comforting dessert collection.' Food and Travel

'Some 200 recipes (including gluten-free) for cakes, tarts, traybakes, biscuits, muffins and meringues. All triple-tested. Bell also has notes on equipment, storage and ingredients glossary.' The Lady

'Made my mouth water' --Observer Food Monthly on Gorgeous Cakes

About the Author

Annie Bell spent several years as cookery writer for Vogue, then as food writer on the Independent. She has been principal cookery writer on the Mail on Sunday's YOU magazine for many years, and she was winner of the Guild of Food Writers' Journalist of the Year in 2003. Her previous books include the Gorgeous series, The Camping Cookbook, Soup Glorious Soup and The Picnic Cookbook.

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful finale to Britain's year of baking 17 Nov 2012
By emma who reads a lot TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Whether you've been turning out fine cakes for years, or if you only just got into Great British Bakeoff, this book has something for you. Annie Bell is a great food writer, not just of baking titles (her Gorgeous Christmas is a must-have). But this book is her most massive (literally) labour of love. (At 200 recipes and more than 320 pages, it's HUGE. That hasn't stopped me carrying it round the house for the last few day, though - reading a bit in bed, a bit on the sofa while everyone's watching telly.... It's compulsive!)

It begins with a careful and thorough introduction that talks about ingredients and utensils - setting the tone for the whole book, which is methodical and detailed. She is obviously someone who has baked almost daily her entire life, and it shows. Every recipe has permutations, suggestions and tips that suggest the 'triple-testing' described in the book's title.

But don't imagine this means the book for experts - she always encourages you to have a go.

Chapters are:
1_ COOKIES AND BISCUITS
22 different recipes here, from classic shortbread, through chocolate digestives to gingerbread men, but also taking in cornflake crispies and lebkuchen. If you are a more experienced baker, you can try stem ginger and chilli biscuits, or cookies with chocolate and fennel. Bell clearly spends some of the year in France and there's a few tempting French things too - Breton gateau and Mont-St-Michel cookies.

2) TRAYBAKES AND BARS
Starting with flapjacks there are 25 recipes - lots of nuts and oats, then six kinds of brownies - millionaire's shortbread, fridge cakes, baklava.. bakewell slices... and many more.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy baking 18 Dec 2012
By Jan
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Gotten my interest back in baking, the easy way and uncomplicated recipes. Easy to follow and not all ingredients are expensive
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and highly reliable 13 Jan 2013
Format:Hardcover
Fabulous book: the whole premise of her recipes is that they should be practical and achievable for the home cook. She manages to do this without being patronising or repetitive: some feat when you're talking about this number of recipes aimed at this wide an audience. I speak as an experienced home baker when I say that there's plenty in this book to interest me without - I think! - there being anything that looks intimidating to the novice.

There are very few ingredients required that you can't find in an average supermarket and she is very careful to confine the equipment needed (listed next to each recipe) to the minimum. The only 'specialist' kit she uses is a food processor, an electric whisk (no need to pay much for one) and, for a very few recipes in the French section, special silicone moulds, which I picked up for a few pounds each online. And as she explains in her introduction, she gave herself two firm rules: no piping bags and no yeast (both of which she thinks put many off).

I've made about 10 of these already and have plans to make most of the rest - even to the point of going through the book and buying the less usual store-cupboard ingredients. Everything I've done so far has been enthusiastically hoovered up: particular successes are the White Christmas cheesecake ("best cheesecake ever") and the Breton cake. I'm also expecting a warm reception for the Black Forest Gateau I have sitting in my fridge right now. I'm ashamed to say I ate all the madeleines (authentically humped!) before anyone else could try them.

Really, I can't recommend this book highly enough. For cakes I rate it even better than Dan Lepard's Short and Sweet, which is the highest praise I can give.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure temptation! 8 Dec 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Though the owner of many books on baking (even before the current 'craze')' I could not resist adding this one to the collection, because I have long respected Annie Bell's cookery writing.
I am not disappointed. It is a solid, beautiful book of interesting but sensible recipes.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as usual 27 Oct 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have always liked Annie Bell's cook books and this one is no exception. I own many baking books and this one compares favourably to them. The recipes are clear and easy to follow, with the majority having pictures of the finished cake. If this makes sense, it is a very inviting book to look at and the recipes seem to call from the page "cook me".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very lovely book 8 Jan 2013
By E. Dawe
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Bought this as a present. Very good selection of recipes, both tempting & easy to try. Would be a lovely present both for someone starting to get into baking & someone who loves it already as recipes are clear & refreshing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chocolate to die for...... 26 Dec 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Oh, yummy! Definitely a must have! So glad I bought this after previewed in weekend paper- chatty but not too chatty
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only baking book you'll need! 6 Dec 2012
Format:Hardcover
Annie Bell's Baking Bible is absolutely full of every delicious recipe you'll ever need, as well as tons of intriguing recipes you'll never have heard of or seen before, but once tried, will never be forgotten...

It really is a baking bible, with entire chapters dedicated to cookies & biscuits and my personal favourite, the Chocolate Cakes chapter! Page after page of delicious looking, gooey, chocolate rich cakes...you shall have to restrain yourself from baking everything on every page in one go...

And let's not forget, each recipe has been triple tested so you won't find yourself half way through the recipe, panicking because the recipe reads `now add a kilo of salt and 1 egg'. I've already baked two recipes from the book and both have turned out perfectly thanks to Annie's clear instructions.

What's great about it is you'll find everything from timeless, standby classics such as Victoria Sponges, to some really amazing looking French creations such as Rum Butter Macaroons and Eclairs. There's chapters on Chocolate cakes, Cookies, Cheesecakes, Tarts, Pies, Celebration Cakes, Traybakes and Bars, Muffins, Cupcakes, Meringues, Fruitcakes, Ginger Cakes, Bread and even Pancakes! I'm not entirely sure why you would need any other baking book...

Here's another little favourite part about the book; the photography. It's as much a book full of beautiful images as it is recipes, and if you're like me, 90% of the reason I buy a cook book is the photography; so I can drool over the image and imagine what it must be like to make something that looks so amazing!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good in parts but not a baking 'bible'?
I am a keen baker and have been since I was wee. Recently my trusty old version of Delia Smith's Book of Cakes fell apart, key recipes falling out every time I picked it up! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ms. Katie J. Down
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a baking bible
Despite being an avid baker, I don't own many baking books. I tend to find they all have the same things in them. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Laura Walsham
5.0 out of 5 stars Banking book
Exellent book easy yummy recipes! This is the 2nd time I have bought this book once as the birthday present and 2nd time for my self! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sarka252
5.0 out of 5 stars Annie Bell is fantastic
This book is probably one of the best cookery books I have purchased.
It is packed with beautiful concoctions to bake and I can't wait to get stuck in. Read more
Published 8 months ago by bettybarbel
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Fab book! Will use again and again! The recipes do require groung almond and iv looked everywhere for them. Will grind my own. Definitely worth it!
Published 8 months ago by miss s khosla
5.0 out of 5 stars Xmas Gift
Xmas gift for family member as chosen by himself, He will not be dissapointed. Looking forward to all those scrummy cakes & pies.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Tried many, all excellent
This is a really good baking book. Thoroughly illustrated (final product only), and well explained step by step, this book has revolutionized my usual baking as it introduced me to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Isabel Noronha
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Fabulous book, a perfect gift for a new cook. The recipes are delicious but not complicated, and written in a very easy to follow way. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Joan Cecil
5.0 out of 5 stars best baking book ever!
Best baking book ever! Well written and recipes work, lots of additional advise given clearly explained. You wont need to buy any other baking book once you own this one.
Published 12 months ago by MRS JUDITH MARTIN
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book!
I have lots of cookery books but when somebody showed me their copy, I had to get my own and it's fabulous! Great recipes and great results every time!
Published 13 months ago by cindy louise southall
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