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The Butch Bakery Cookbook
The Butch Bakery Cookbook
by David Arrick
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.18

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great little book, treat yourself to some more 'masculine' treats, 13 Oct 2011
I was very excited to see that Butch Bakery would be doing a cookery book after being linked to their website and hooked in by the use of different alcohols and flavour combinations you don't usually get in a traditional cupcake shop. This book doesn't disappoint with lots of delicious sounding recipes that I can't wait to try. I have a very large collection of predominantly baking themed cookery books and this one really does stand out.

The photos and overall book design are great, as is the wording - I love the very manly cake toppings such as 'ginger sawdust' and chocolate discs printed with an edible camouflage pattern (search online for chocolate transfer sheets, they are very easy to use).

As the previous reviewer said our 'all-purpose' plain flour doesn't have as much gluten in as the US's does, but you could easily use '00' flour as it has the higher gluten content - this can now be bought in many supermarkets and in pretty much all Italian food shops. Don't use bread flour though, that has far too much!

As for cake flour mentioned in several recipes, this is very very hard to find in the UK. There is however a remedy to this - just make your own! For every cup of cake flour needed measure out a cup of plain or 00, then remove 2 tbsp and replace them with 2 tbsp of cornflour. Seive them together and there you have it - homemade cake flour.

Most of the US ingredients that are in the recipes can be bought online from American candy shops, or a lot of the time with some of the more unusual alcohols there is a UK equivalent such as apple brandy.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone craving a less twee sweet treat - if you have so far avoided the bacon cake craze, do yourself a favour and try out the recipe in this book, you will not be disappointed!!!
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The Bitchin Kitchen Cookbook: Rock the Kitchen and Let the Boys Clean Up the Mess
The Bitchin Kitchen Cookbook: Rock the Kitchen and Let the Boys Clean Up the Mess
by Nadia G.
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.64

4 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing..., 27 May 2010
I thought this was an excellent premise for an edgy punky cookbook but it just does not meet the expectations.

It's full of photos of scantily clad not very attractive men, cringe worthy 'tips' and not that many recipes.

No recipe pops out at you, I have not been inspired to try a single one. They are all very basic and many are so common that I know how to make them off by heart anyway.

Someone should take a real crack at writing a good version of this book that is less childish and silly and actually focuses on recipes rather than man parts.

Hazen Street
Hazen Street
Price: 16.32

5.0 out of 5 stars Great summer tunes!, 27 May 2010
This review is from: Hazen Street (Audio CD)
Excellent disc, showcases Toby's more melodic 'singy' side to H2O in this pop punky style album. Warning - these songs WILL get stuck in your head! Buy it, buy it, buy it - the boys are working on a new album as we speak and I personally can't wait!

Burlesque Poster Design: The Art of Tease
Burlesque Poster Design: The Art of Tease
by Yak El-Droubie
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We love low brow!, 27 May 2010
Beautiful, good quality book. Excellent coffee table piece and very inspiring to the pin up artist. Includes pieces by well known and lesser known artists alike, I have discovered several new favourite designers through flicking through this beauty!

Baked: New Frontiers in Baking
Baked: New Frontiers in Baking
by Renato Poliafito
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 10.50

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and different recipes for delicious treats!, 27 May 2010
This book is really wonderful, although you may think you've seen some of the recipes before most of them use different techniques or ingredients to the norm. Everything I have tried has turned out beautifully - I am an avid baker and run a mail order cake and cookie shop - and think this is one of the best baking books I own (I own A LOT!).

I have seen people complain about ingredients that you cannot get in the UK. The main one I have seen is corn cyrup which appears in many American recipes. This can be substituted by using honey or golden syrup in the same quantities, or you can make a simple syrup by reducing down sugar and water and again matching the quantity used in the recipe.

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