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 (Hardback)
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Short Description for The Great British Book of Baking A book to accompany the hit BBC2 TV series "The Great British Bake-off". It takes us on a tour of the very best in baking our nation has to offer - from Eccles cakes to Cornish pasties, Chelsea buns to Scottish gingerbread.
- Published: 19 August 2010
- Format: Hardback 352 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780718157111 ISBN 10: 0718157117
- Sales rank: 11,856
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Reviews for The Great British Book of Baking
Comprehensive Anthology of Bristish Baked Goods from the Heirloom to the Modern
Anglophile Foodies will think that all their Christmases have come at once with this delightfully comprehensive tribute to British baking.
This is a sizable and beautifully-photographed book that is so much more than just a cookbook. Aside from showcasing some of the most-loved cakes, pastries and biscuit recipes ever to come from this part of the world, this book delivers a gloriously intimate armchair tour of the regions, briefly detailing the historical background behind each of these baked goods.
If you are like me and have never been to Britain, you'll receive quite an education about the regions and people behind the pastries and desserts. If you do happen to be British, you will love this book all the more for the authors' grand effort to collate the best heirloom recipes that you might have grown up with, no doubt heard of and perhaps even feared lost.
Perhaps, like me, you might also be pleasantly surprised by the inclusion of recipes for naan and baklava! I commend the authors on their decision to pay homage to the migrant influence on the British baking tradition. It is a delight to see that the recipe choices cover the traditional well-loved bases without overlooking the impact of modern influences on British baking over the years.
This is a great addition to any cookbook shelf and will undoubtedly be a handy volume for generations to come. It is a delicious way to discover or re-discover the flavours and heritage of this region.
With the exception of a few recipes like Game Pie (pigeon is not available for consumption where I live!), the book is suitable for beginners as ingredients and instructions are respectively available and concise. The inclusion of many useful baking tips peppered throughout the pages will be handy for beginners to the pastry arts and advanced bakers will enjoy the book as a unique gastronomic journey through this historically-rich part of the world.
This book is actually produced as an accompaniment to the BBC Series, The Great British Bake-Off, and viewers of the show will recognise the contributions of the show's contestants whose signature recipe renditions also feature in this book. The book also contains a foreword written by the judges (one of which is British Cake Diva, Mary Berry) of the original television series.
On a final note, one of the best thing about baking books like this that are published in Britain is the fact that the recipes are given in weight measures because, unlike regular cooking, successful baking really is a science, isn't it? Very handy once you have invested in a scale. by CakeAddict