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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (29 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007275927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007275922
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 2.3 x 25.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (328 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lorraine Pascale first found fame at 16 as a super-model, but felt that food was her first love and decided to train as a chef.

On completing the Leith's Diploma of Food and Wine, Lorraine did a two year foundation degree in International Culinary Arts in Pastry and then worked in some of the most renowned kitchens of the world, including Petrus, The Mandarin Oriental, Gilgamesh and The Wolseley.

She now owns and runs Ella's Bakehouse cupcakery in Covent Garden, the favoured bakery for the rich and famous. Her client list includes Madonna and Marco Pierre White and her celebration cakes are now available in Selfridges.


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Praise for Baking Made Easy

“Mouth-watering recipes for everything sinful from exotic breads to biscuits, tarts and cheesecakes […] she’s like a modern day Delia – enthusiastic, unpretentious and an absolute pleasure to watch”
Daily Mail

“Supermodel turned patisserie chef Lorraine Pascale is the new home-baking heroine whose doable and dazzling recipes bring a fresh, fuss-free take to stove and screen […] Baking Made Easy features 100 recipes for every occasion and palate”
You magazine

“A truly scrumptious book”
Grazia

“Pascale makes baking look like one of the most glamorous pastimes you can think of […] Baking Made Easy is a model of clarity and inspiration”
The Lady

Praise for Lorraine
“She’s the BBC’s new home-baking heroine”
Evening Standard

“Are we ready for another TV chef? In the case of Lorraine Pascale, I think we might be”
The Independent

“Lorraine’s star is to rise and rise with Baking Made Easy”
Sunday Mail

“Queen of cakes! […] home bakers have a new heroine”
Observer

“Pascale has been reborn as the new queen of TV cookery”
Sunday Times Style

“A serious contender to take over from Nigella as the new queen of television cooking”
Mail on Sunday

About the Author

Lorraine Pascale first found fame as a super-model, but after deciding food was her first love. She was trained as a chef, worked in many restaurants and bakeries and now owns and runs The Cupcake Bakehouse in Covent Garden, the favoured bakery for the rich and famous. Her client list includes Madonna and Marco Pierre White and her celebration cakes are now available in Selfridges.


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131 of 139 people found the following review helpful By C. Bannister TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Oct. 2011
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Having purchased Lorraine Pascal's previous book Baking Made Easy I was keen to try this one. This is even better thanks to the inclusion of more pictures.

The recipes are inventive and varied, it is lovely to try different flavours without having to give up because the ingredients aren't readily available. The book follows the logical order of:
Starters,Soups,Canapes & Snacks
Breads
Mains
Vegetables & Vegetarian
Deserts
Cakes & Cookies
Sweets, Jams & Other Good Stuff
all with pictures and full fool-proof instructions. I have already tried the Bacon & Mature Chedder Cheese twisties along with the Paprika baked sweet potato wedges with honey-glazed bacon & herby creme fraiche. Both were absolutely delicious and disappeared extremely quickly. There are many recipes that appeal to me so I'm sure this book will be as well used and enjoyed as her previous one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Casey on 20 Feb. 2013
Format: Hardcover
I just received my book in the mail today and have to say how much I enjoy Lorraine's recipes! I'm writing from Canada and discovered Lorraine on YouTube, as I don't think her programmes run here, but even if they did, I don't have satellite or cable anyway, not much on television worth watching these day! There are so many of Lorraine's recipes I've already tried and adore! She has made me unafraid to make breads and pastry and now I can discover so many more recipes that are items we don't usually make in Canada, the more classically British ones! I've gone out and purchased an electronic scale to make following her recipes easier and stress free, as we cook/bake more from volume than weight in North America and it's making everything a breeze!! I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys cooking and doesn't feel the need to be a rocket scientist too as all the recipes are made super easy to follow. There are loads of recipes that are vegetarian too!!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lincs Reader TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Feb. 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm a bit of a recipe book freak and have so many, I'm also guilty of ripping recipes from magazines and newspapers and putting them into a file. Of course, some of the books lay unread and unused after the initial flick through the tempting pages. Not this one!
I first came across Lorraine Pascale's recipes in Good Housekeeping magazine and tried a couple of them over that weekend. Total and utter success - easy to follow, simple but damn good food. I then went out and bought the book and I've been delighted by every recipe that I've tried so far.
So often, these books have a couple of tempting recipes then loads of pages of things that I'd never cook. This book is very different, I want to cook everything!
Fabulous illustrations too. A winner in my kitchen!
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Vikkiekaye on 27 Nov. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Generally I love amost of the recipes I have tried in Lorraine's book. It's great to have been inspired by many recipes and her natural enthusiasm (sometimes I have been inspired to the point of obsession!)
With Christmas coming, I've been impressed with a few turn outs that an pass off as special presents, presented in jars etc- the marshmallow fudge (foolproof) is a must!!
However, why I feel I cannot honour it 5/5, the book has frustrated me from time to time with some of the vague instructions- one example comes to mind, "bake until smell cooked," which isn't exactly useful, alongside an approx cooking time.
Hopefully my feedback will help perfect Lorraine's future books, which I still look forward to buying!
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59 of 68 people found the following review helpful By MrsMummy on 3 Dec. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I haven't cooked much from this book yet - the recipes I have done have been fine, BUT I'm not sure whether an editor has been anywhere near this book. One recipe calls for the oven to be preheated, but it's never actually used in the recipe. Another asks you to fry some potatoes and set them aside, but they are never added to the final dish. And those are just the ones I've noticed so far. Perhaps watching the series was essential to understanding the book. I don't doubt the ability of the chef, but the book is not brilliantly put-together, meaning you have to guess a few of the steps. Personally, as a disliker-of-pears, I find there are far too many recipes which contain pears.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Phoebs on 15 Dec. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am twelve years old and Lorraine Pascale is the chef that I first got interested in cooking from her 'Baking Made Easy' book, I started out baking and then I started cooking every Friday after school for dinner. I loved her 'Baking Made Easy' and I was incredibly excited when 'Home Cooking Made Easy' came out and have been very successful with it, the chocolate fudge has become my friend's favourite and I recently made it for them as xmas pressies - they LOVED it. Being a inexperienced cook this book is perfect for me as it is very detailed and clear, e.g. cook the onions on a medium heat. For me this book is so much better than the others, as it has a chapter on main dishes and as I am cooking them all the time I now have plenty to choose from. She is a clever and imaginitive chef and I believe anyone would be blessed to have this book.

I have read some other book reviews and have been disappointed that some customers are unsatisfied with this book, so for those that are unsure after reading the mixed reviews, I say give this book a go as there are plenty of recipes and you are guaranteed to like at least 10 recipes (If I'm wrong - don't blame me)

In my eyes, she is an absolute legend and I love the TV series. My only complaint would be that on a few recipes she used shop brought ingredients, e.g Winter Swiss Roll Bowl Cake is made with SHOP BROUGHT chocolate swiss rolls and SHOP BROUGHT ice cream which I think is more assembeling something rather than making. However, that is only on a few recipes and the others are wonderfully created.

Enjoy!
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