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Dan Lepard
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3 Sep 2015

Winner of the Andre Simon Food Book Award 2011

The ultimate baking compendium from Dan Lepard, the country's foremost baking guru.

Innovative yet down-to-earth, Dan Lepard is the baker every top chef wants for their restaurant, and with this utterly dependable how-to-bake book you’ll be able to replicate Dan’s award-winning recipes from the comfort of your own kitchen.

Guiding you through the crispest flatbreads, blue cheese and oatmeal biscuits, gluten-free white loaves, savoury leek and smoked haddock pies, caramel sweets, frostings, crumbly scones and pumpkin and ginger cupcakes, ‘Short and Sweet’ will show you how to use the newest flours and ingredients and has everything from updates on the classics to the latest in baking for intolerances.

Collecting together Dan’s best recipes – and mixing science with old-fashioned kitchen wisdom – Dan has tried and tested almost every baking technique out there. So go ahead and take the cake – and the biscuits and the pastries too!

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (3 Sep 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007479468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007479467
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 493,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dan Lepard is an award-winning baker, food writer and photographer. His books include Baking With Passion, The Handmade Loaf (author and photographer) and, as a contributor, The Cook's Book and the Dictionnaire Universel du Pain. His other photography credits include Hawksmoor at Home and Made in Italy. Dan also writes for the BBC and Sainsbury's Magazine and his irresistible weekly column in the Guardian Weekend magazine has brought him a huge and loyal following.

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‘Dan is by far the most imaginative and creative baker I know.’ Yotam Ottolenghi

‘One of my cookery heroes, Dan's baking expertise is second to none. His recipes ooze originality, precision and above all, irresistible deliciousness.’ Sarah Randall, Sainsbury's Magazine

‘Dan Lepard is to baking what Lewis Hamilton is to Formula One.’ Jay Rayner, The Observer

‘Mr Lepard, I love you.’ Nigel Slater

‘Dan Lepard's no-nonsense baking.’ Leanne Shapton, The New York Times

‘Dan demystifies the baker’s art with such enthusiasm and unapologetic pragmatism that all kinds of seductive treats become instantly achievable.’ Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

About the Author

Dan Lepard is a baker and photographer who has worked with the likes of Ottolenghi, Giorgio Locatelli and Fergus Henderson. He is the author of ‘The Handmade Loaf’ and has a very popular baking column in the Saturday Guardian. He writes frequently for Sainsbury’s Magazine and is also currently designing a range of baking products for Sainsbury’s. Originally from Australia, he now lives in London.

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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best baking book I've seen .. ever. 30 Sep 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I first heard about Dan's recipes from my sister. You must follow his recipes in the Guardian she said - they always work and they turn out exactly as they do in the picture. She was right and I've cooked so many of Dan's recipes and they always work every time. (In fact I have a sourdough loaf baking in the oven as I write this review!) I've make the Lemon curd today and The dark aniseed cake is amazing ( page 162)

It's got straight to the top of my book shelf as the ultimate baking bible and in one word it's a classic - it's been designed beautifully and practically. The typeface means you don't have to squint to read it as you bake and the pages lie flat as you open to book to top marks to usability.

The photographs are stunning an focus on the food without any overstyling and the recipes are sandwiched between the chapter foreword giving you the sort of advice you could only get from a baker who wants you to succeed.

The editing has kept Dan's clear voice and straightforward instructions so I feel as though I have a friend in the kitchen with me anticipating every aspect and holding my hand at each step.

So what else am I going to make? Well there's something for every occasion you could imagine. Savoury suppers, beef pies for the football match, breads, tarts, muffins, cheesecakes, and dreamy cakes as well as a whole chapter on sweets which my children will just love! There are lots of gift idea's which is just what I need and the biscuits and cookies such as Toll house Yo-yo's look utterly divine .. oh and the marmalade layer cake with the bittersweet orange and vanilla cream looks like a slice of heaven .. . I could go on .. but really if I had one thing to say it's buy this book .. you'll never need another baking book again .. seriously this has got to the best baking book I've seen .. ever.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll never need another baking book! 4 Jan 2012
By Jaybex
I bought this for myself as a christmas pressie after my hubby saw a review of it. This has to be the best baking book I have ever read! Normally when I read through a recipe book after buying it (especially off the internet), I only find a handful of recipes that I would actually want to make. This book is totally different, there are only 2 recipes in the entire book that I'm not desperate to try (and that's because they contain coffee and I can't stand the stuff!). It's nicely written, it's easy to follow, even with a toddler hanging round my legs and trying to 'help', I still made a totally new kind of cake without any stress or head scratching! It's mostly cakes and biscuits but there is savoury baking as well, so covers all eventualities. My friend who is an avid baker and blogger swears by his bread. I can't recommend this book highly enough (this is the first review I have ever left I like the book that much!!)
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77 of 83 people found the following review helpful
Dan Lepard's much anticipated baking book is (almost) every bit as good as fans of his Guardian column want it to be. I can think of no baking book that I am likely to use more frequently. The book is an intelligent extension of his column and, unlike most of his previous books, is aimed squarely at the home baker.

The book is divided into 8 sections: bread (including sourdough and a sensational lentil-stffed flatbread); cakes (try the apple walnut and custard cake as soon as you buy the book); small things (aka modish muffins, cupcakes and whoopee pies); biscuits and cookies (already worked my way through a batch of the spelt and ginger cookies); doughnuts, batters and babas; sugar sugar (sweets, frosting, ice cream etc); desserts (cherry and polenta pudding, anyone?); and supper (pizzas to pasties).

If I'm absolutely honest, I would have preferred more space devoted to real cakes and rather less to such of-the-moment items as whoopee pies and cupcakes - but given the quality of the ideas here, he might convert me. The recipes are faultless, clearly described and deliver the results you hope for. What's best about the book, however, is that Lepard doesn't presume that the reader is stupid. He treats us to some basic science, explains potential pitfalls and points out subtle, but important differences between ingredients - his advice on the relative merits of British and European butters in pastry making is both fascinating and invaluable. In fact, Lepard is probably best when he's explaining pastry-making. He's given me the confidence to finally going to give rough puff a go.

I have 2 caveats. Firstly, I would have love to have seen some more of Lepard's greatest hits from the Guardian included (neither of my favourite of his cake recipes make it into the book).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 12 Oct 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I concur with all the other reviewers in that this is the new modern Baking bible for all home bakers. Each chapter is prefaced with the 'science bit' which explains and demystifies the baking process; a great help to experienced and novice bakers alike. I'm an avid baker and still learned heaps from this book and would highly recommend it as a valuable addition to anyone's collection. I've tried one recipe from each chapter and can honestly say that all turned out brilliantly. There is clearly thought out and extensive testing of the recipes. I agree that the quality of the book is not the best and although I've used it a fair bit already, it looks like I inherited it from my grandmother! But please don't let that put you off, this is a truly great baking book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
How I wish I had discovered Dan Lepard's book earlier in my life. It not only would have saved me a huge amount of money spent on other recipe and cookery books, which now crowd my... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ferry Felts
4.0 out of 5 stars Great buy yum yum! great recipes
Great book. However I would agree with a few other reviews about the quality of the pages. Not that kitchen friendly especially if you end up throwing flour everywhere! Read more
Published 1 month ago by mhr
4.0 out of 5 stars So far recipes have worked
Tasty recipes and also a good read. So far the cakes I have tried have been tasty. Each section has some intro pages with and it also has some pictures. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M.B.
4.0 out of 5 stars break through book
Excellent book.His basic method of short mixing and multiple folds @10 min intervals really works very well. one problem is the quality of the binding. Read more
Published 5 months ago by james berry
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't decide what to make first!
Loved this this book. Full of variety. Some every day bakes and some more unusual. The recipes are quite thorough and enticing.
Published 5 months ago by Michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and different
A wonderful selection of recipes, with clear instructions and plenty of tips and advice. The best baking book I've bought
Published 5 months ago by S Ellison
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Live up to it's promise
I had my eye on this book for some time, as there were some wonderful recipes inside that I wanted to try. Read more
Published 5 months ago by BeehiveBooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book packed with great ideas and recipes
Absolutely brilliant book for anyone who loves baking! Has a wide variety of baking ideas from really simple to those that will take a bit longer. Read more
Published 5 months ago by toddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Pam Corbin
I love Dan, his baking and this book. He is a guiding light to all bakers and always brings something new to a recipe. Thank-you Dan. xx
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. Pamela A. Corbin
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Baking Book
I initially bought this book as a christmas present for one of my great-nieces but once I had started reading it I had to buy a copy for myself. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Katy
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