1000 Ideas for Decorating Cupcakes, Cakes, and CookiesHardback 1000
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- Publisher: Quarry Books
- Format: Hardback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 229mm x 234mm x 25mm | 998g
- Publication date: 3 November 2010
- Publication City/Country: Beverly
- ISBN 10: 1592536514
- ISBN 13: 9781592536511
- Illustrations note: 1000
- Sales rank: 6,094
This exciting 1000 collection presents glorious full color photographs of delicious, decorated desserts. From extravagant wedding cakes and clever birthday cakes to cupcakes and cookies that are miniature works of art, these delightful delectables will provide endless inspiration for anyone who loves decorative baking and entertaining. An appendix in the back of the book includes basic recipes for cakes, frostings, and fondants.
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An author of various books on art techniques, home decor, and crafts, Sandra Salamony (Traverse City, MI) makes a living as an art director, designer, and artist in northern Michigan. Her projects and designs have been featured in magazines, books, and on television.
By Rebecca Hassam 12 Dec 2010
I would have to disagree with the other reviews (which weren't there yet when I got this one). I know you can find all these ideas and inspiration on flickr... but sometimes when you have a customer come to you for a consultation, it's nice to sit and have a cuppa while flicking through books for inspiration and ideas rather than having to sit in front of a computer.
While it doesn't have instructions... it has the INSPIRATION to give you ideas on what you might like to create. More often then not I don't follow the actual construction instructions in books like Planet Cake anyway and just use them for the inspiration and 'gist' of how to go about it... I like to make up my own way and put my own spin on things rather than them being a carbon copy.
LOVE this book.
By zeenat suleman 07 Dec 2010
I agree with all the comments so far.. you can find all the above and more on Flicker!! I was hoping to find instructions but alas.. none!! I also bought the planet cake book at the same time and that was much better.. full of pages and pages of detailed instructions and templates too!! I would not have wasted my money had I known before...learnt never to pre order a book before its published and reviewed!!!
By CakeAddict 29 Oct 2010
This book is essentially a catalog of pictures, an ambitious 1000 of them in fact, but I think this book should really be called '1000 Visual Inspirations for Cakes and Cookies'. It is not an instructional guide and contains almost no direct information on how to produce the results you see in each photo.
I liken this book to a photographic telephone directory of cakes and cookies.
If you really want to use this book to tackle the decorating part of your baked goods then you will either have to be a seasoned decorator who can just work from a single picture or you must love the 'homework' of logging onto the Internet to research the How-To part.
I believe you could quite easily put together your own version of '1000 Ideas' and, in all likelihood, gather more than 1000 ideas if you sat down to some serious online browsing. However, if you want it all pre-selected for you, colour-printed and bound together professionally then you just might want this book for your collection. I'm not sure I did.
The problem for me with this book was that it left me wanting for something more practical. There are a small handful of recipes for basic frostings and a ganache but cake designs are left to guesswork.
I was quite disappointed too, that for a book that prides itself of being a photo-based inspirational tome, many of the photos in the book looked quite amateurish. Many of the cakes and cookies were pretty enough and very well-made but photo quality was inconsistent throughout the book. There were just too many contributors with a very wide range of photography skills. Frankly speaking, while some shots were great, a significant amount were also out-of-focus or lighting was poor resulting in less than professional results.
I understand that many contributors are not professional photographers but I think it was up to the authors/ editors to select the best photos (inspiration and photo quality both!) to suit the medium of book publishing.
Many photos that are suitable for web publishing would not have been suitable for book printing due to resolution issues. More consideration should have been taken regarding this issue when selecting the photos for this publication.
The upside is that it has a pretty cover and all the photos are in full-colour but even then this leaves you wishing it was a hardcover so that it would make a better coffee table book.
If you're already adept at decorating then I suppose you might get some good ideas from this collection of pictures for your own projects. If you're a beginner, however, you'll definitely need more than a few how-to lessons before you might enjoy this book for what it is. This is a photo book of cake and cookie inspirations, a few frosting recipes, and contains mentions to a few professional and home bakers internationally.
Generally, I prefer my decorating books to contain more recipes, more instructions and would gladly take a volume with less photos in favour of more guidance.
By Cheryl East 22 Oct 2010
I expected lots of ideas and 'how to do it' instructions.
Whilst there are a tonne of pictures there are no instructions at all (unless you need instructions for icing, but dont ask how to apply it)
Go and look at Flickr, its cheaper and the girls will let you know how to do something for free!
Huge disappointment and big waste of money!
Do not recommend you buy it
By paicy duong 21 Oct 2010
This book is a real disappointment, is not a how to decorate book and has nothing but pictures from other people which you can find on flickr and other free websites! dont waste your money and just look on the internet for free!