Wild Sweetness: Recipes Inspired by Nature

Harper Design: HarperCollins. Mar. 2021. 240p. ISBN 9780062958426. $29.99. COOKING
Ho, creator and writer of the food blog Butter and Brioche, has written a beautifully photographed and designed cookbook based on seasonal ingredients. She includes a section on what to do before readers begin—determining the best types of chocolate to use for baking, storing a variety of baking ingredients, measuring different types of flour, and more. The highlight of the book is the chapter on smoke, a reference to the darker skies and sometimes-smoky air of winter, featuring recipes such as s’mores pie, scorched cheesecake, and burnt sugar ice cream. Recipes range in difficulty; some are relatively straightforward, while others require extra time in the kitchen. As on her blog, Ho’s rich photographs will help guide home bakers through each step. She offers a short explanation of each recipe’s personal significance, as well as tips on ingredient sourcing and substitutions.
VERDICT Ho’s poetic writing will spark the interest of bakers looking to incorporate more fruits and herbs into their treats.
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