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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Cathie (13 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856266141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856266147
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 1.7 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 355,190 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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"has had the thumbs up from our family's baking department through a month of trials" -- The Guardian, 26 Nov 05

"made my mouth water" -- Caroline Boucher, Observer Food Monthly, October 05

Beware! Pick up a copy of this gorgeous book and you're going to get hungry. -- BBC Good Food Magazine, April 1, 2006

From traditional to classic, this book has something for all baking fans. -- Woman & Home, December issue 05

About the Author

Annie Bell, having begun her career as a chef, has been a full-time cookery writer and author for over ten years. She has written a number of books including Annie Bell's Vegetable Book, and Evergreen, shortlisted for the Andre Simon and Glenfiddich Awards. More recently she has published Living and Eating, a lifestyle cookery book written with the architect John Pawson, and In My Kitchen. She spent several years as Vogue's Cookery Writer, then as Food Writer on The Independent for whom she writes a week-end cookery column, and is currently the Cookery Writer on YOU Magazine in The Mail on Sunday, and a contributor to Country Living. She was winner of the 2003 Guild of Food Writers Journalist of the Year.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By cakerebecca on 18 Sept. 2006
Format: Paperback
I am a professional cake baker and I got given this book as a gift. I don't usually buy cake books as I have so many but this book was amazing. It gave me so many new ideas, especially with presentation. It has a great number of "kids" cakes but also a lot of cakes that would be great for adults. I think that this book would be good for the complete beginner or the most experience cake decorator. I thoroughly recommend this book to everyone! There is a cake for every person, situation, budget and occassion!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Buggyboo on 18 Dec. 2009
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Not often you turn pages of a recipe book and think "I'd love that..and that..and that..and that" but this is one such book.
Every recipe is interesting, appetising and more often than not simple to make. Lots of machine led recipes here which suits me!
The Kiddy Traybake (chocolate cake) is *amazing*. Made with cocoa powder, oil and water (rather than solid chocolate and butter), it lasts for days without ever tasting less than freshly made. It also looks and tastes better than the picutre would suggest - a complement indeed to the total success of this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LaLaLottieR on 31 Aug. 2010
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I haven't made every single recipe in the book to be honest, but I have made about 10 of them and the recipes are very easy to follow. All the cakes have always been successful. I would class myself as an experienced baker and I would recommend this book for beginners as well as like minded bakers.

The "french and flourless" cake is by far my favorite recipe from this book.

Super ace brill man!
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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Feb. 2006
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I loved this book.Its a treat just to read with beautiful photos and excellent, different ideas. I have been baking professionally and privately for longer than I care to admit :) so feel confident trying pretty much anything. However, I would say that an inexperienced cook might find this a little daunting. One recipe I used was not accurate at all on ingredients (almost 3 times the sugar needed!) and would have been ruined if I hadnt spotted this... Despite this I would reccommend this to anyone who is a confident baker and looking for some fun ideas.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By IngestedKitten on 25 Nov. 2007
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After Nigella's Domestic Goddess this is my favourite book in the kitchen.
First of all it contains a Sachertorte recipe that didn't contradict itself and utterly befuddle (though that does come from another book). Second, even though my mother spent most of her professional life teaching cakey things, I don't have any particular skill in that area yet I have had only successes so far with this book.
Incidentally the pictures are mouth-watering.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By . on 19 Jun. 2011
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My son-in-law and I both bought this book and are working our way through (hopefully) all the cakes eventually. We select a cake and both make it giving marks out of 10. It is proving to be an interesting journey. I have made cakes for 'donkey's years'... so there was a sense in me that there is 'nothing new under the sun'... yet have to say there is in this book. These cakes are different, apart from one chocolate cake that the author praised enormously and we all thought was disgusting! (well the topping anyhow).. have found it to be full of lovely cakes with new and creative ingredients and cooking methods.

The only caution I would give is that so far the cakes we have made have been quite expensive to make... although admittedly we have used fresh fruit out of season. If you are cooking on a budget then don't go near this book, but if that is not an issue, and you enjoy baking, enjoy trying new things then go for it... you shouldn't be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sophia on 20 Feb. 2012
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I recieved the Gorgeous Cakes baking book by Annie Bell for my 12th birthday and love it to bits.

The recipes are delicious- especially the Lemon Cheesecake (my 16 year olf brother cannot stop demanding me to bake it!) and the White Chocolate Mousse Cake. Each recipe is layed out well- with clear instructions and ingredient lists plus a beautiful photograph and a brief description of the history of the recipe or some helpful tips on how to bake it.

There are recipies for cupcakes, layer cakes, mousses, swiss rolls, birthday cakes, Christmas, Easter, Valentine's Day, Bonfire Night and Birthday cakes, Cheesecakes, low fat cakes... the list is endless. You pick up so many different skills with this book!

I must say the whole book is stunning. The colour scheme is very simple and neat and the photographs are amazing (however what I love about the photographs is that they are not far away from the truth at all- it's easy to achieve a beautiful cake like the ones Annie Bell shows.)

My one complaint is that some of the recipes are hard to do, such as the chocolate swiss roll (which just kept on crumbling and not forming properly.) However, don't let the difficulty of some of the recipies put you off- you can conquer the easy ones first, then move on to the harder ones.

Overall, this is a gorgeous book and I'd recommend it to anyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. L. Dewi-lewis on 9 Aug. 2010
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I love this book. I bake a lot as I have a cafe and sell home made cakes, and I am always looking for inspiration and different cakes to try. Would highly recommend this book.
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