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Real home baking from the next Nigella.,
This review is from: A Passion for Baking (Hardcover)
'A Passion For Baking' is the first in what will hopefully become a successful line of cookery books from author and baker Joanne Wheatley. Jo's book hit the shelves with much praise and success just one year after she won the second series of the 'Great British Bake Off' (a fabulous BBC television programme that recently won a BAFTA and is due to air in August for its third series). Throughout the book Jo brings together tried-and-tested recipes passed down through the generations with those 'oh-so-classic' bakes we all love in a way that is intelligible to the everyday baker. It is this style of writing that instilled me with a sense of trust and confidence when following the great range of recipes that 'A Passion For Baking' had to offer.
To-date I have tried but a few recipes from 'A Passion For Baking' but I have to say that it is an excellent book and one that is easy to follow and understand. (Other bakers I have spoken to who have also tried out some of the recipes made very similar remarks). Dare I say, fool-proof? I know I haven't had any trouble! If I could choose any baking book to give as a gift I think this would be it. My reasoning? It contains the perfect balance between elegant bakes and those that are more homely and rustic.
Does the book have any negatives? Well, yes... Maybe one. This is not so much a negative on the whole but moreover something I would have liked to have seen in addition. When I bake I often swap between imperial and metric measurements (not half way through weighing ingredients mind you!). What I mean to say is that on one occasion I may work in metric and on another in imperial. Also, I tend to refer to my equipment/tins in imperial measurements (inches or lbs. as opposed to cm. or grams). It would have been nice if the weights and measurements had been given in both imperial and metric as opposed to just in metric. That's just me being a little pedantic though I reckon haha!
On the whole, this is a great book and definitely one to have on your bookshelf. Jo is an excellent baker, something that is clearly illustrated throughout 'A Passion For Baking' and I might also add that the book contains many photos of the bakes themselves (something that is often overlooked in cookbooks). I, for one, will most definitely be snatching up any other books that Jo may write in coming years.
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