The Hairy Bikers' Big Book of Baking Hardcover – 1 Mar 2012
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The long-awaited baking bible from the Hairy Bikers AKA Si King and Dave Myers.
About the Author
Hairy Bikers (Author)
Si King hails from North East England and is a big, blond bearded biker with an infectious laugh. His love of food was established at a young age when his father bought exotic ingredients back from his Royal Navy voyages. Born and bred in Barrow-in-Furness, Dave Myers joined the BBC as a make-up artist, and while travelling the world with hit TV series he picked up recipes with Si, Dave's travelling companion and the other half of the hairy bikers.
Si King (Author)
Si King hails from North East England and is a big, blond bearded biker with an infectious laugh. His love of food was established at a young age when his father bought exotic ingredients back from his Royal Navy voyages.
Dave Myers (Author)
Born and bred in Barrow-in-Furness, Dave Myers joined the BBC as a make-up artist, and while travelling the world with hit TV series he picked up recipes with Si, Dave's travelling companion and the other half of the hairy bikers.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book oooozes delicious recipes and makes you want to put the oven on and start baking.
Each recipe is illustrated with a photo(very important)and easy and informative instructions.
The recipes I have made turned out well and as expected.
I think if you buy one book about baking it should be this-The Hairy Bikers never let you down.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS AND THE BOOK OF PIES.They are My most used and appreciated cookbooks.
Thanks boys for another classic.
UPDATE: I'm not entirely sure that the recipes have been as thoroughly tested as in the excellent pie book. The Spanish Rustic Bread dough was very, very wet - it needed about five good handfuls of flour to make the dough workable. The end result, however, was delicious.
UPDATE again: I've just made the Norwegian Rye Bread: as with all rye breads it's pretty sticky and a fair amount of white flour was used to make the dough mostly workable during kneading. Yet again, the end result is absolutely delicious.
Well they did, and I was particularly impressed by the savoury selection which is often underrepresented in recent baking books (but don't worry, the sweet selection is good too).
A travelogue -a lot of international recipes + background anecdotes- as well as a cookbook in typical Hairy Bikers' style: enthusiastic, friendly and heart-warming, if you like the boys, you won't be disappointed!
However, I nearly choked on my chocolate cake when I came across the Belgian Pizza recipe (also called Tarte Flambée, Flammekueche/küche etc...), not because I am a purist defending pizzas as Italian/Italo-American but because, although the HB probably came across it in Belgium, the flammekueche is a well-known Alsatian speciality. Some German villages might also claim it as their own (given the history of the region) but Belgian, no way!
Beware lads, you will be on the Brotherhood of Real Flammekueche's hitlist in no time (and yes, there is such a thing :-)):La Confrérie du Véritable Flammekueche d'Alsace)! Still, you are right Hairy Bikers, the flammekueche is much better eaten with a Belgian beer (I will soon be n°3 on the hitlist if I carry on).
So, all that to say that I suspect there might be some other inadequacies in the background information as collected by the HB, but it is no big deal if your main interest is the recipes themselves as the book is a great collection of international baking specialities (both sweet and savoury).
If you have a sweet tooth, check it out -or check the list of recipes in the "Look Inside' feature- to see if the balance of sweet/savoury recipes is up to your expectations but all in all I would agree with the previous reviewers and rate this as a very good baking book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I waited for a while before purchasing this book as I'd seen the TV series and printed off some of the recipes. However this has been the best investment ever! Read morePublished 16 days ago by Mrs. Valerie Campbell
Best recipes around and easy to follow, if you like baking this is for you.These 2 are probably the most respected in this very competitive market, they have other books from... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mr P