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Baking With Passion [Hardcover]

Dan Lepard , Richard Whittington , Baker & Spice
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20 Oct 1999
Baker & Spice is a shop in London's Knightsbridge that sells hand-made breads and pastries. They supply top restaurants like the River Cafe. This book reveals their recipes from yeast breads to tarts. Each recipe (of 75) is tried and tested in the home to ensure success in the domestic kitchen.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (20 Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902757173
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902757179
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 22.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 351,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan Lepard is an award-winning baker, food writer and photographer. His first book was Baking With Passion (1999), followed by The Handmade Loaf (2004, author and photographer), and Short & Sweet (2011, author and photographer); and as a contributor, The Cook's Book (2005) and the Dictionnaire Universel du Pain (2010). His photography credits include Made in Italy (2006), Hawksmoor at Home (2011), Comptoir Libanais (2013), and Comptoir Express (2014). Dan also writes for the BBC, Sainsbury's Magazine, Waitrose Kitchen Magazine, Delicious and for 8 years had weekly column in the Guardian. He now writes a monthly column for The Sydney Morning Herald, and Melbourne's Age newspapers.

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It's unusual for a book on baking to do full justice to the whole, glorious range of the baker's art--from the robust and primitive physicality of bread-making, through exquisite cakes and biscuits, to the most rarefied patisserie. Baking With Passion is that book. Inspirational in the highest degree, it will send seasoned bakers back to the kitchen and embolden the most timid cook to start kneading. Dan Lepard is probably the hottest baker (figuratively speaking) in London, while Richard Whittington is busily establishing a reputation as one of the best cookery writers in the business. The fountainhead of their book is the London bakery Baker and Spice, where Lepard is consultant baker. The productions of this business, which delight a growing and enthusiastic retail clientele and are also supplied to many of the top restaurants in the capital, have been skilfully reinterpreted for the domestic kitchen and the unprofessional baker. Everything here can and should be reproduced in the home.

This is not to say that the recipes are unchallenging. Baking, as embodied here, is perhaps the most demanding branch of cooking in what it asks of the cook's patience, commitment and willingness to meet the highest standards of integrity in technique and choice of ingredients. Once these are met, however (and the skills are easily acquired), the rewards are stunning. Particular highlights among the breads include the San Francisco Sourdough, one of the greatest breads in the world; a Garlic Bread made with whole garlic cloves braised with balsamic vinegar and a perfect Focaccia. Among the varieties of cake, the exquisite Lemon, Apricot and Carrot recipes stand out. Pear Tarte Renversée (a form of Tatin),Pithiviers and a simple but sensationally good Croissant recipe are the highlights of the section dealing with patisserie. --Robin Davidson


It is the book for committed cook who wishes to extend their knowledge in baking, covering every aspect of baking, and with loads of scrumptious, fattening recipes. -- Sybill Kapoor, The Independent, 13th November 1999

Reveals all you need to know about an increasingly forgotten art -- Sunday Times, 21st November 1999

The ultimate baking book -- BBC Good Food Magazine, November 1999

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5.0 out of 5 stars The recipes work, you can be this good at home! 17 Nov 1999
They must have tested these recipes in the real world, coz I am getting fabulous results with everything I try ! Well written, clear instructions, lovely photography - must be the perfect book to give this Christmas - and I hope the authors have another in the pipeline !
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best there is 30 May 2002
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Quite simply, the best book of its kind. The recipes are clear, the photographs really illustrate the techniques in the text, and all of the recipes work. Not to mention the beautiful layout and the unbelievable gastro-porn photography!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recipes that work 1 May 2000
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I have tried out the Brioche and the San Francisco Sourdough recipes and both turned out brilliantly-certainly better than most of the breads I can buy locally.
The instructions for shaping are not too clear though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a book about bread in England 12 Nov 1999
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I bake bread at home, and have brought most of the American baking books (The Village Baker, The La Brea Bakery book, etc) Finally a good bakery in the UK has done the same. The 'Pain au Levain' sourdough worked first time. Really impressive, clear recipes and beautiful photography.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Baking book for the advanced bakers. 14 Mar 2000
For someone who uses Delia Smith's books, the recipes are definitely extremely complicated and difficult to follow. The problem lies in the fact that this book was not published or rather not customised enough as a baking book to be used at home. It is good for advanced bakers but definitely not recommendable for Delia Smith followers.
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