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This is a foolproof book on how to bake!,
This review is from: Great British Bake Off: How to Bake: The Perfect Victoria Sponge and Other Baking Secrets (Hardcover)
I'm not very fond of 'reality' type TV programmes and do my best to avoid them. But my wife and I have enjoyed this series on baking despite it being a reality show.
So, the TV programme is pretty good (for a reality show!), but is the book any good?
Even if you've not seen the TV programme we heartily recommend this book. We were really impressed with three things. Firstly the quality of the book, particularly the photography (and the typography) is first class and beautifully produced. Secondly, the recipes are well written out and extremely easy to follow, which means results are guaranteed if you follow them properly. Finally the recipes are scrumptiously delicious! The only downside is that the recipes are very moreish, which is not good for the waistline.
We do collect cook books and we think this is one of the best we've seen on how to bake, and get great results. Thanks to Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, who both inspire and give some great ideas on how to be a master baker, we think we may have found our 'ultimate' baking book!! We highly recommend it to those who aspire to bake... and who want to get top class results without the fear of failure!
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Initial post: 22 Sep 2011 10:03:27 BDT
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Sep 2011 11:00:44 BDT
Yes, it's a competition. But it's a reality show too. No doubt we'll beg to differ on this one! Still doesn't change my mind on the quality of the book though, or the show either.
Posted on 5 Oct 2011 13:46:22 BDT
Mr. S. J. Johnson says:
Posted on 13 Oct 2011 21:03:39 BDT
Miss Georgina L. Tandy says:
I really want to get the book but before i do i just wanted to ask if all the recipies from the program are in the book? I really want to attempt the pork pies :) Are these included in the book? Thanks for your help
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Oct 2011 07:37:37 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Oct 2011 09:44:19 BDT
Miss G. - Yes, Paul's quails' egg pork pie is in the book.
We've already made several of the recipes and, so far, we've not been disappointed.
Good luck with your baking G, ...perhaps we'll see you in next years competition? Get practising! If you follow this book we'll expect you to win too. :-)
Posted on 14 Oct 2011 09:46:45 BDT
A couple of people have taken exception to my use of 'reality show' so, rather than be out there on a limb, I'll amend my own review before I get hung out to dry!
My views on the book haven't changed. This is a truly wonderful book!
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Oct 2011 17:02:13 BDT
MISS jennifer PARSONS says:
are all of the recipes in it? i dont want to purchase it if there not thankyou xxx
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Oct 2011 16:48:17 BDT
Mary Seacole says:
I'm half-inclined to agree with you about it being a reality show. It would seem the only thing that was missing was no-one had a really tragic background or whose life would come to an end if they lost, but the upshot was the same - someone left each week. Those posters that took offence really need to get over themselves. It doesn't detract from the fact it was a lovely programme and you couldn't help but have nothing but admiration and empathy for those bakers who took part. Thanks for the review - it was well-balanced and informative, and I will most probably ask for this as a gift (too near Christmas to buy - sorry!) based on it.
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Oct 2011 06:58:07 BDT
Jennifer... to the best of my knowledge all of the recipes are in the book. If they're not, you can always go the www.bbc.co.uk site for the programme and find them.
Even if all of the recipes aren't in the book it's still worth getting. Good luck with your baking!
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Oct 2011 09:10:04 BDT
Thanks for your support Mary! You were more candid than me with your comments, and that's all I'll say on the matter of reality v competition!
My biggest problem with this book is not to be eating too much of what we bake. Strict rationing is the order of the day unless you have an extremely fast metabolism. :-(