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Glorious Dan Lepard's winner of a book
on 20 April 2016
i recommend this book as the ultimate, practical pastry book. It is a delight in every way. it is generous in its subject, with sections on bread, cake both large and small, biscuits, doughnuts and batters, pastry, sweets, including a wonderful selection of cake fillings and icings as well as desserts and suppers.
Each chapter begins with a list of the sections, then opens with a useful and thoughtful introduction and oh so valuable tips and techniques. Dan treats his readers to insights gleaned from his own experience and valuable theory is trickled in too to make cooking his recipes a great way to learn for any cook. I had loved his Guardian columns and missed him when he left. I have two of his bread books and these taught me huge amounts including how to nurture a sourdough starter. i was tempted to buy this book because I read that it included many of those Guardian recipes and that Dan had revised and further perfected them, the wonderful Cider Vinegar Muffins for example. i am now using it to refresh my bread skills, working my way through the section and it is a delightful prospect. Today I made the best loaf ever and that is why I thought I must offer a review.
I rate the format as being practical, the book stays open which I love - the only other recipe book I have with that clever feature is the Polpo cook book - and the text is beautifully laid out and readable. The chapter organisation is something I have commented on but it does make the book a delight to use as does the comprehensive index which details key ingredients as well as recipes, a most welcome feature of modern recipe books. In his recipe selection, Dan shows a great ability to blend novelty with classical expertise, I need an excuse to bake his Hazelnut Wafer Cake which he says was a childhood birthday treat and reminds him of Topic bars, you can find this recipe online if you are curious. Just reading the recipe helps your imagination run riot so you can taste the cake! It sums up a glorious book, delicious recipes that work and make you long to keep baking.