Weeknight Baking: Recipes To Fit Your Schedule

S. & S. Oct. 2019. 304p. photos. index. ISBN 9781501189876. $35; ebk. ISBN 9781501189883. COOKING
This debut by Lopez (blogger, Hummingbird High) defines itself by a strict adherence to a theoretically time-saving policy: you will make delicious baked items in 30-minute increments, not counting baking, resting, or refrigeration time. Baking is possible even while working full-time or balancing family care and a social life. In practice this means some recipes are broken out over several days: key lime pie takes three days; sugar cookies take two. This has the effect of making simple recipes seem overly complicated and unmanageable, when the opposite effect was probably intended. Other recent titles, such as Gemma Stafford’s Bigger Bolder Baking: A Fearless Approach to Baking Anytime, Anywhere, provide simple recipes for time-crunched bakers. The exhaustive front matter is directed at the baking novice and provides extensive notes regarding cookware, pantry staples, and substitutions. Additional tips are liberally sprinkled throughout.
VERDICT An optional purchase presenting straightforward recipes that will appeal to fans of Lopez and those who want advice on how to bake with limited free time.

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