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Bake from Scratch

Vol. 3: Artisan Recipes for the Home Baker. 83 Pr. Mar. 2019. 400p. photos. index. ISBN 9781940772592. $39.95. COOKING
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Hoffman returns with the third in the popular Bake from Scratch series (based on year three of the magazine of the same name). As with the first two volumes, this one takes readers on a journey across a landscape of 600-plus recipes, including cakes, breads, pies and tarts, pastries, cookies and bars, and more. Most recipes are condensed into a single page—a definite convenience when working with messy hands—and a few are peppered with "Pro Tips" to encourage success. Precise bakers will delight to see ingredients given in both volume and weight, and readers of all skill levels will appreciate the consistent inclusion of beautiful finished product photos. While the collection does include some basic recipes (e.g., birthday cakes, traditional scones), this is not a cookbook for beginners. Experienced home bakers, on the other hand, will doubtless find plenty of inspiration, including Vietnamese coffee cake, apricot noyeaux skolebrød, and dark chocolate rocky road—with two types of marshmallows, of course.
VERDICT This voluminous collection of baking surprises in the Bake From Scratch tradition is recommended for home bakers of at least moderate experience, plus fans of the Bake from Scratch magazine.

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