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The Basic Basics Baking Handbook [Paperback]

Marguerite Patten
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31 May 2002 Basic Basics
Marguerite Patten, doyenne of British cookery, shares her wealth of knowledge and her tried and tested recipes for cakes, large and small, biscuits, breads, pizzas and pastries. Baking is Marguerite's most natural culinary teriitory and she starts by explaining the equipment and the basic techniques, as well as what to do if things go wrong. She covers not only family favourites such as walnut cake, teacakes and buns but more modern popular cakes such as muffins. The book has been planned to introduce the pleasures of baking in such a way that even a beginner should achieve successful results under the expert guidance of Marguerite Patten.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Grub Street; First Edition edition (31 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904010113
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904010111
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 15 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Exactly what it says on the tin. So useful to have at your fingertips. -- The Guardian, 24 November 2007

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Marguerite Patten is Britain's top selling cookery writer with sales totalling over 17 million copies. She pioneered easy-to-follow- recipes with her All Colour Cookery. She lives in Sussex.

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
By Vanessa
I suffer from a mild addiction to recipe books...baking in particular. This is actually one of my earlier purchases and I was startled to find it has no reviews on Amazon, so I felt I have to speak up for it, especially since I regularly recommend it to anyone who needs a baking book and quite a few people who don't.

I know several people who insist on pictures in recipe books - if you are one of those, this book is probably not for you. If, however, you can use your imagination and could use a little instruction without too much technical detail, this is an unbelievably good buy (I am actually tempted to get a spare copy at this price to be honest). It's also worth noting that Marguerite Patten began her cookery career as a Home Economist for the Ministry of Food...several decades of experience have gone in to writing this book and I think it shows!

Basically (ha) the book kicks off with a run down of equipment, ingredients, and techniques. From different types of flour, to what utensils you need or can do without, to the meaning of creaming and how to fold - all the traditional mumbo jumbo is cleared up so that you can read through quickly and get started on the tasty bit. Mrs Patten's tone is friendly, reassuring and straightforward but factual, so I don't think any of the information is unnecessary and you can quickly get on to the meat (or fruit/nuts/chocolate) of the recipes.

The recipes go section by section through different types of baking, from pastry to biscuits and all types of cake, and the essentials (Victoria sponge, Dundee cake, shortbread and flapjacks) are accompanied by surprising exotics, like Austrian coffee cake and streusel toppings.
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