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A Passion for Baking: Bake to Celebrate, Bake to Nourish, Bake for Love [Kindle Edition]

marcy goldman
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A Passion for Baking offers over 200 original, over-the-top luscious recipes, from Chocolate Eruption Cheesecake, Hummingbird Carrot Cake, famed Rougemont Apple Pastry Cake, Black-and-White Cookie Coffee Cake, Blackberry Streusel Muffins, Double-Dutch Chocolate Scones, Food Court Pizza Dough plus three bonus chapters: Holiday Baking, Grainy Goodness and ever-easy recipes in Baker-in-a-Hurry.

The smells, the tactile experience, the delicious results! There’s nothing quite like the fresh-baked breads, pies, pastries, pizzas, biscotti – the full gamut of great baking found in Marcy Goldman’s best-selling A Passion for Baking.

In engaging, compelling writing that is her trademark, Marcy, a trained pastry chef and master baker, shares not only great recipes, but a host of ground-breaking methods and tricks that make unique recipes streamlined. Perfect for time-pressed bakers who want uncompromising results. Over 150 photos that showcase finished masterpiece recipes and Goldman’s unique techniques.

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About the Author

Marcy Goldman, Julia Child award nominee, is a master baker and pastry chef, food feature writer and creator of www.Betterbaking.com. Since 1997, Betterbaking.com has welcomed millions of bakers and cooks who enjoy original, sumptuous, tested recipes. Goldman is a frequent guest on Martha Stewart Sirius and a contributor to the New York Times, Washington Post, Bon Appetit and Epicurious, Costco Connection, Montreal Gazette, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times. Marcy Goldman’s cookbooks include A Passion for Baking, When Bakers Cook, A Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking, The New Best of Betterbaking.com and the The Baker’s Four Seasons. Visit Marcy Goldman at www.Betterbaking.com to browse over 2500 more of her recipes or register for the free monthly BB newsletter.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 59996 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: www.RiverHeartPress.com; First Electronic Edition edition (1 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #626,451 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sheer delight of a book 1 Feb. 2008
This book is a delight on so many levels. It is attractive to browse through and, like all good cookbooks, stays open at the page you are using. .Every time I turn a page, I want to start in the kitchen immediately. And so many great recipes all with beautifully photographed, mouth-watering illustrations. Breads,buns cakes,pizza, pies, tarts, muffins, the list seems endless.

The early section on baking secrets is worth the price alone.

Best of all is the writing style and humorous, warmth of the author. She clearly loves her art and appears to want the rest of the world to share in her passion. You feel you would want to hug her if you met her and get covered in flour.

If you are even remotely interested in baking, or even just in great food buy this book. I love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary work 19 Nov. 2007
Like so many of us, I am jaded with what passes for cooking and baking books these days. Few of the recipes work out and even those that do are a disappointment sending my husband running to the bakers at the last minute.

This book goes against that flow. With these recipes, everything turns out well and everything is delicious.

A "must" buy for for every baker.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new 3 May 2014
This is an expensive book, therefore the reader expects something special. I'm afraid I was disappointed. The illustrations are clear but somehow unexciting. The instructions are in colours that don't stand out sufficiently from the background to make for an easy read while you bake. Further the size and shape of the book don't enable it to be set alongside the cooking process easily, such as on a stand. I'd say, too big and too beige. Shame.
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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Passion For Baking- Worth it's Weight in Gold! 23 Sept. 2007
By TheDessertDiva - Published on Amazon.com
I have Marcy Goldman's two previous books and I can only say she gets better with each effort. This one is truly magnificent- filled to the rooftops with glorious photos that you want to devour themselves! But the recipes? This is a totally awesome, instant classic baking book. Each recipe features that trademark Goldman creative baking style she showcases at her site ([...]) and yet each one as easy as pie. This is NOT your average baking book (it also lies flat on the counter- Yea!) but it certainly is for all levels of bakers. Where else could you find grainy/healthy/decadent/holiday (she has one definitive recipe for each holiday) and even a quick baking chapter. This book is worth its weight in gold for the biscotti and cheesecake chapters alone. I know- I have already mailed out by-request biscotti from coast to coast and made her Chocolate Eruption Cheesecake, not once, but twice. Wherever I go- I am, thanks to this book, the most-requested guest. Recipes are worth every extra mile around the running track! Marcy- you've outdone yourself this time!
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Baking Treat 1 Dec. 2007
By VTS - Published on Amazon.com
"A Passion for Baking" is the latest book from master baker Marcy Goldman and is a treat in every sense of the word. With a tempting collection of over 200 recipes that range from muffins & cookies to pizza & savory breads, I had a hard time knowing where to start. Should I begin with the Toronto Blueberry Buns or the Vanilla-Apple-Cranberry Muffins? The French Country Bread or the Cinnamon Toast Bread? As with her previous books, Marcy's instructions are conversational and easy to follow, with helpful kitchen tips written in the sidebar. In addition to learning how to make some truly scrumptious treats you'll also learn, for instance, about different methods of making rye bread, what baker's caramel is, and when to slash your dough for a perfect loaf of bread. Chapters are prefaced by useful explanatory sections, which explain things like the various methods of cooking pizza (oven, pizza oven, cast-iron skillet, pizza pans) or how to bake muffins that truly puff. Most recipes are accompanied by eye-catching photos, which is always a plus, but what really sold me on this book was the inclusion of unique, creative recipes such as Hot Buttered Popcorn Bread, Sticky Cashmere Muffins and Cinn-a-Bun Cheesecake. I own many, many baking books so I appreciate it when authors make an effort to surpass the ye baking standbys by creating recipes that make you think, "Hmmm, I wonder what that tastes like? Let's find out!"

Chapters include: An introduction; Baking Secrets; Loaves, Large & Small; Rolls, Baby Breads & Buns; Pizza & Other Flatbreads; Scones & Biscuits; The Muffin Shoppe; The Cookie Jar; The Biscotti Bakery; Bars & Squares; Quick Breads & Coffee Cakes; Pies, Tarts & Pastries; Sweet Yeast Baking; Cake Creations; Say Cheesecake; Holiday Baking; Grainy Goodness; and Baker in a Hurry.
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take a Bite Out of This Book! 3 Oct. 2007
By A. L. W. - Published on Amazon.com
I have been looking for a recipe for Doughnuts w/o yeast that taste good and don't need to be fried. Goldman did it! Her French Cruller Doughnuts were a huge hit with friends and family. I made it even easier and instead of using a pastry bag, i used an ice cream scoop. This recipe is worth the book alone. The other recipes are unique enough so that your not board but not so exotic that you're overwhelmed. Recipes like Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake, Cheesecake Truffle Bombs are examples of just that.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another hit from Marcy goldman 22 Sept. 2007
By Ellen Fuss - Published on Amazon.com
When you open the pages of this book you will see incredible photos and the information that is included will make you feel as though Marcy is alongside you helping you with your baking. The pages open flat so it is so easy to follow recipes while the book is open to the page you want. Every chapter has recipes that I have perfected for friends and family and every chapter offers up detailed instruction and an array of fabulous baked goods. The chocolate sticks are in my oven right now.
34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting, but a good purchase 4 Mar. 2008
By D. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I ordered this book after it was referenced on one of my favorite baking blogs. I'm probably what most would consider a baking snob-- I turn my nose up at warm, buttery rolls in favor of crustier, artisan bread. Likewise, the mall and the bookstore are not where I go to get tasty treats.

So, when several of the recipes were labeled "mall muffins" and "bookstore squares" I started feeling a little uncomfortable. Nonetheless, I gave the cookbook a chance and found out that the recipes are rather good. Plus, it is nice to have recipes for desserts that can be assembled in an hour (and do not require 2 days of work or 20 separate steps). In a nutshell, these are simple, reliable, homey recipes that are good for bake sales, baking with the kids, and pot lucks-- many recipes are also suitable for company.

The bread and pizza section are not suited to my personal tastes and convictions, but they do provide easy recipies for bakers who are in a hurry or need a good starting place.

Some of the language is a little annoying (e.g. the section on cheesecakes is called "Say Cheesecake" and one recipe is called "Grand Funk Granola Bars. She calls the cinnamon buns "sleazy good").

Some of the recipes are not reliable. The Blueberry Hill Cookies for example do not hold together (not sure how one egg is expected to bind two cups of oatmeal-- only 1/3 cup of flour did not help matters... they completely fell apart). This was not the only flawed recipe, but the majority of them seemed OK./

Here are the sections of the book:
1) baking secrets
2) loaves large & small
3) rolls, baby breads, & buns
4) pizza & other flatbreads
5) scones & biscuits
6) the muffin shoppe
7) the cookie jar
8) the biscotti bakery
9) bars & squares
10) quick breads and coffee cakes
11) pies, tarts & pastries
12) sweet yeast baking
13) cake creations
14) say cheesecake
15) holiday baking
16) grainy goodness
17) baker in a hurry
18) source guide

I prefer Dorie Greenspan's Baking From My Home to Yours, but this book is a fine as well. If you already have Baking From My Home to Yours, I do not think A Passion for Baking adds much since they are very similar.

In sum, if you need an all-purpose baking book, a Passion for Baking is the book for you. The recipies are clear, easy-to-read, and very easy to execute. You do not need to be an expert baker to get good results... and if you are an expert baker, you are bound to find a handful of recipes to add to your repertoire.
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