Duff Bakes: Think and Bake Like a Pro at Home

Goldman, Duff & . Morrow. Nov. 2015. 344p. photos. index. ISBN 9780062349804. $27.50; ebk. ISBN 9780062349798. COOKING
Goldman is owner of Charm City Cakes, star of the Food Network program Ace of Cakes, and the man who brought power tools to the world of cake decorating, much to the delight of viewers everywhere. With a commitment to using authentic, quality ingredients, and a flair for innovation, the authors have evolved familiar recipes for breads, quick breads and muffins, cookies, sweet and savory pies, and, of course, cakes. An introduction to ingredients, equipment, and techniques leads into recipes that are written in a casual, accessible style. Also included is a chapter on vegan and gluten-free baking, with creative recipes for muffins, granola, doughnuts, and cakes. There are tasty blondie recipes, as well as the Elvis cookie, a combination of bananas, peanut butter, pretzels, bacon, and garlic. Goldman also supplies decorating ideas and techniques and special theme cake instructions.
VERDICT Sure to be popular with the author's fans but inventive and engaging enough to add to the shelves of all bakers.

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