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4.0 out of 5 stars Delivers what it promises., 13 Aug 2011
This review is from: Great British Bake Off: How to Bake: The Perfect Victoria Sponge and Other Baking Secrets (Hardcover)
Another baking book? Yes indeed, this is exactly what it is and quite a good one too, depending on what you are looking for in the ocean of baking books recently published.
It claims to teach you: "How to bake: The perfect Victoria Sponge and other baking secrets" and in that respect, it brilliantly delivers what it promises.
You will find step-by-step instructions -as well as step-by-step photography for master recipes- for foolproof rather traditional cakes and bakes completed with loads of tips + interesting twists and suggestions. All of this, presented in an attractive layout and mouthwatering photos, makes it another very lovely baking book indeed.
An additional interesting touch is that a digital booklet of the finalists' recipes is available on the internet for buyers of the book, or rather will be available as -rather understandably in a way- it will be sent by email only after the show is aired on BBC...Would have loved a spoiler though ;-)
For those who wonder if it is the same book as The Great British Book of Baking published with the first great British bake off series, it is not, although some areas covered are common or similar .
The contestants for series 2 are different of course -some of their recipes are given in sections called Best of the Bake Off, the name of the contestant who created the recipe is unfortunately not clearly given (another anti-spoiler? Sigh!) but I suppose people who watch the series will know- and the aim of this book is more geared towards teaching baking skills, techniques and tips + recipes as the title suggests whereas the first one was more focused on exploring historical/cultural backgrounds + recipes, which for me, made it a more attractive offering (obviously my personal view).
Although there is always something to learn from well thought-out cookbooks, I would say that it is the perfect present for any novice or unconfident baker/cook, for those with more experience -and/or other good baking books- the interest will possibly be more limited.
I personally won't keep my copy for that reason but I know that my teenage goddaughter will be delighted to put it to good use.
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Initial post: 14 Aug 2011 20:13:12 BDT
K. J. Lund says:
Thank you for your comprehensive review. Just to clarify, the contestants' recipes which have been included are from the second series, not the first series. I.e. there aren't any recipes from Ruth, Ed and Miranda?

Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2011 15:42:05 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Aug 2011 15:37:19 BDT
Clementine says:
Hello!
No recipes from the first series' contestants, that's right, only some from the 2011 contestants in sections called Best of the Bake Off, however I disliked the fact that it was not made clear who created the recipe (whereas in the first book the cake was clearly Ruth's or Miranda's and personally, I enjoyed that).
I suppose it is done on purpose not to be another spoiler for the new series but it also makes these recipes less personal in the book itself, too bad.
There are photos of the contestants throughout the book and maybe the 'Best of...' recipe following the picture belongs to that contestant but only by watching the series will we know...No convinced it is such a brilliant idea...

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2011 16:12:01 BDT
K. J. Lund says:
Thanks for clearing that up - really useful (and I didn't know there was a firest series book out. I'll have to find it now). :)

Posted on 19 Aug 2011 13:54:59 BDT
Bodie says:
Thank you for clarifying that this not just "The Great British Book of Baking" in a new cover. Now I can order it in confidence!

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Aug 2011 15:41:16 BDT
Clementine says:
You are most welcome. in fact "The Great British Book of Baking" itself has actually been published in a new cover now but the "Great British Bake Off: How to Bake" is a different book.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Sep 2011 18:48:26 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 Sep 2011 18:49:48 BDT
MillieMoon says:
The old book to go with series 1 is called - The Great British Book of Baking: 120 best-loved recipes from teatime treats to pies and pasties. To accompany BBC2's The Great British Bake-off (Bbc2 TV), just in case you want to see a picture to purchase the original (the one with the bunting on the front, not the flag). EBay maybe...? The first book was released at the series end, the new one I had my hands on before the new series actually started,so it was interesting to see what categories they would be covering, and also which one of Paul's or Mary's recipes they would be trying out this week. I have quite a few of Linda Collister's baking books, and have never had a duff recipe from her yet :0)
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