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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (28 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849905894
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849905893
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.2 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

The perfect gift for every baker - everything you need to know about how to bake, from The Great British Bake Off team.

About the Author

Gerard Baker is an author and broadcaster who specialises in British food culture and history. He has worked for the seminal BBC Radio Four Food Programme since 1996 and has been a columnist on a number of national titles including The Times, BBC Good Food and the Kitchen Garden.

Gerard has appeared in a number of television series, most regularly with the Hairy Bikers. He has degrees in both science and history which give him a unique perspective on our baking heritage. Other books published by Gerard Baker include Mrs Beeton: How to Cook.


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Faye Tan on 30 April 2013
Format: Hardcover
I've always been looking for a book like this... therefore I am now a very happy owner of How To Avoid A Soggy Bottom! Firstly, the book looks lovely - a light blue, matte hardcover with tasteful typography and a cute title, something I would happily have in my possession forever. Secondly, the book contains all the fundamentals and essential knowledge for bakers, including several basic recipes which demonstrate these techniques and knowledge.

The book answers many FAQs on baking such as the function of major ingredients such as yeast, eggs, etc. The characteristics of different types of flour, the difference between fairy cakes and cupcakes, how to make crustier bread - these are just some of the many topics explored in this book. Another very helpful aspect is the troubleshooting questions and answers, examples being "Why has my cake sunk in the middle?" "What's the best way to make caramel for a crème caramel?" and of course, "How do I avoid a soggy bottom?"

Every amateur baker must own one of these!

PS: I got it at Waterstones for £12... darn, next time I'll check amazon first!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By SUE MADDISON on 19 Jun 2013
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I have all the other GBBOff titles and thought this may be a bit repetitive but it's very informative and even as an experienced baker, there's lots of tips and new things to find out. Some good recipes too.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on 10 Mar 2013
Format: Hardcover
If you love baking, you'll love this book. I haven't been able to put it down and it has great tips on why things go wrong and where ingredients come from etc.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jolene Hia on 1 May 2013
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This book lays out the science of baking in simple English. It is easy to understand and practical. However, if you are an experienced baker, this book is not for you as the information shared is basic. I do like the bits of history given for some bake goods. Overall, an interesting read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Katherine E. Elliott on 12 Jun 2013
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Just what I needed for my soggy bottom!!! Really handy cookery book, more useful than the pile of other celebrity cookbooks I have lurking around!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Walker on 24 Sep 2013
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I'm a fairly confident amateur baker but thought this would be useful for tips. It's fantastic. It's not really a recipe book although there are recipes in there, mostly just lots of information. Troubleshooting tips, explanations of different techniques and so on. I'm very happy with it, should be a very useful resource.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. D. Swain on 1 Dec 2013
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Bought as a prize for work bake off competition. Bit disappointed but the price reflects the lack of pictures and it's ok
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fran James on 20 Nov 2013
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Good book - has some interesting tips and tricks but it is a small book - good Christmas stocking filler?
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