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Lily Vanilli's Sweet Tooth: Recipes and Tips from a Modern Artisan Bakery [Kindle Edition]

Lily Jones
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Book Description

Since she started out selling her cakes at a market in East London, Lily Jones (aka Vanilli) has gone on to become one of Britain's best-loved artisan bakers. With a star-studded client list and a thriving bakery on Columbia Road, Lily's bakes are famous for their unique flavour combinations, spectacular design and exquisite taste. In Sweet Tooth, Lily takes you behind the scenes of her bakery and shows you how to master some of the core skills of baking - the cake, the custard, the coulis, the pastry, the ganache and much more - arming you with the skills you need to develop your own recipes, and move beyond the cupcake once and for all. Packed with over 100 inspirational and easy to follow recipes for layer cakes, tarts, biscuits, meringues, confectionary and ice creams, Lily shares her invaluable tips and decorating techniques. Sweet Tooth is essential reading for anyone who is passionate about making sweets - from the complete beginner to the expert baker.

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'Lily has turned the sugary sweet cupcake business on its head' --Observer

More than just a cookbook, Sweet Tooth is an adventure manual for baking that shows you how to cook creatively using Lily s oven-refined skills and techniques. This book makes me want to hit the kitchen --Sam Bompas (Bompas and Parr)

'Lily's cakes and pastries are inspired - they look beautiful and taste extraordinary. Sweet Tooth is the only baking book you will ever need' -- Gizzi Erskine

'The queen of baked goods' -- ES magazine

'With her fancy and tasty cakes, her status as rock n'roll baker is cemented' -- Dazed and Confused

'Delicious and decorative creations...exceedingly good' --Vogue

Book Description

Canongate's first cookery title - a baking book by the only rock'n'roll baker in the business...

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9948 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (6 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008R9QRQW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #315,938 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Modern Mrs Beeton 11 April 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Fabulous book! Brilliant presentation and incredibly informative. It reminded me of Mrs Beeton's book in the way that it explain's why certain steps of the recipe's are important, the science behind the recipe. Not only does Lily give some fantastic recipe's and flavour idea's but she also gives the reader the knowledge and confidence to stray from the recipe and make the recipe your own, adjust it to suit your own tastes. I really do feel that if you read this book cover to cover you'd know everything you'd ever need to know about baking!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have a sweet tooth and this book is Sweet! 9 Sept. 2012
By LiSa
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
When I saw Lily Vanilli's Sweet Tooth on here I pre-ordered it right away and impatiently waited for it to arrive! And now it's here!!

Lily's approach to baking and decorating are a real inspiration to me.
I like her simple yet classy decorations with the focus more on the cake, tart, etc...
It's just nice to see a baking book free of fondant covered cakes.
(I hate fondant, it's disgusting and the amount of handling in peoples hands make me cringe. I am a self proclaimed germaphobe!)

Even though I knew I was going to love this book before I even got it, nothing could prepare me for the awesomeness of this book! The layout is very modern and she goes into some of the science of baking- which, as she says, will help with your baking because once you understand how things work you can play a bit more. There are plenty of pictures to accompany the recipes. I have a long list of must makes although I could easily make everything in this book!

Here are a few of the recipes I am drooling over:
Bitter Chocolate Orange Cake
Chocolate Avocado Cake
Porter Cake
Passionfruit Ganache Tarts
Spiced Apple Custard Tarts
Biscuit Brownies
Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts
Candy Floss Meringues
Pecan Brittle
Absinthe and Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

On the front cover Gizzi Erskine (food writer and TV presenter) is quoted as saying 'Lily's cakes and pastries are inspired - they look beautiful and taste extraordinary, Sweet Tooth is the only baking book you will ever need.' and I completely agree with her, especially the second part. If you don't own a single baking book and you're looking for one that has it all, this one could quite possibly be the one for you!!
If you want to see pictures of the book visit my blog [...] I will also be updating as and when I try out some of these amazing looking recipes!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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This is a gorgous tome of a book, from the pastel and gold cover and pink-edged pages to the glorious photography inside. As anyone who's visited Lily's bakery will know, the focus is on outstanding presentation as well as delicious cakes.

The recipes in here do not disappoint,and celebrate unusual ingredients. They are divided into the following sections:

CAKES such as Bitter Chocolate Orange Cake, Beetroot Cake, Flourless Oreo Cake, Chocolate Avocado Cake and Margarita Drizzle Cake
PASTRY, with her gorgeous little Bakewells, Passionfruit Ganache Tarts and Rhubarb Tarts with Chilli and Ginger
BISCUITS AND TEACAKES including Biscuit Brownies, Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts, Hackney Buns and Chelsea Buns
MERINGUE - the bright pink Candy Floss Meringues look divine
CHOCOLATE - Chocolate and Pecan Truffles, Ganache Tarts with Honeycomb and Absinthe Hot Chocolate
SUGAR - Pecan Brittle, Caremelised Popcorn and Watermelonade
ICES - Mango & Mint, Coffee & Pecan and Brownie Chunk.

Decoration is key so Lily also teaches you how to make brightly coloured sugar shards, crystallised flowers, various buttercreams, ganache, coulis, and ways with both fresh and candied fruit, whipped cream and glitter to make your cakes spectacular showpieces that Marie Antoinette would be proud of.

She also includes a lot of practical, science-y but straightforward information about everything from how to know you're doing your pastry right to how to fill a piping bag. It is, in short, a masterclass in decadence and above all deliciousness.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a classic!! 12 April 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great product and true to its description, quick delivery and well packaged - would definatelty recommend this to future buyers.
Book has lovely graphics and makes sophisticated baking feel very "homely" and easy! This book should be on everyone's shelf as a baking classic!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most artistically gorgeous cake book ever! 29 Mar. 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is one of the most beautiful, inspiring and imaginatively presented set of baking recipes in my book collection. It makes for the ultimate gift especially for a young baker as it is thorough yet tantalizingly beautiful. Even turning the magenta edged pages is a pleasurable experience comparable only to indulging in the earthly delight of actually eating one of these beautiful creations perhaps even the Red Velvet Cake. Everyone who adores baking should own this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Tooth 23 Sept. 2012
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I don't believe it is possible to ever have too many cookery books. I really enjoy looking through them - whatever their subject matter. This book is no exception. The photographs are luscious and will have you itching to make the cakes pictured. In this book the subject is mainly sweet things as suggested by the title but there are a few savoury items to add a little savour to the sweetness.

The book starts off with some information about how `Lily Vanilli' started in business - selling her cakes on a market stall. She was fortunate enough to be spotted by a food writer and to be written up in The Times and the rest, as they say, is history. There is a useful introduction to the book which covers ingredients and equipment and then the recipes are divided into the following sections:
Biscuits and Tea Cakes
Basic Recipes

There is also a short list of suppliers, a glossary and an index.

The recipes are for cakes, large and small and sweets as well as ice cream and chocolates and a few examples of how to decorate cakes if you are not an expert with a piping bag. Many of the recipes are for cakes you might want to make when entertaining but there are plenty of others which could become everyday favourites such as Brownies, Shortbread or Scones. There are recipes for desserts such as Gooseberry and Rhubarb Crumble, Bread and Butter Pudding and Sherry Trifle.

I was particularly struck by the inclusion of what to me are unusual ingredients in some of the cake recipes such as beetroot and parsnip as well as chilli and avocado. These may not appeal to everyone but they're certainly worth trying at least once. If you are interested in baking and desserts and want some ideas for something different then try this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Book.
Published 14 days ago by Vanessa Mello
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent value and condition
Published 5 months ago by Mary Pitt
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great book recommend it to any baker. Love my book.
Published 5 months ago by Meibel Yamoah
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good recipes for all the tastes.
Published 5 months ago by Inmaculada Avila Presa
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fantastic book. Lily's baking has a unique style
This is a fantastic book. Lily's baking has a unique style, which I love. Her recipes are high quality, well written, and the results are full of flavour. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jessica Stanley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I bought this book for my mum and she raved about it so much so i went out and got one for my self. It has some great recipes I use the pastry recipes all the time now
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars No fast food here...
There are lots of interesting recipes here, with flavour combinations that are unusual and work really well. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ambercat
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely pictures and pretty book.
Bought as a present, my mum was made up with it. This recipe book is full of quirky and interesting recipes, lovely pictures and pretty book... Read more
Published 6 months ago by R C
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh...
This recipe book looks lovely, but I'm disappointed in the recipes. There is not a lot I really want to make, and too many pages of 'variations' for toppings, icing... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Claire
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book if you have mouth full of sweet teeth!
Love this little book. First of all it looks great with its lovely peppermint hard cover and hot pink edged pages. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mrs Michelle Derbyshire
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