BAKE: My Best Ever Recipes for the Classics

Bloomsbury. Jul. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9781635579291. $40. COOKING
Fans of the Great British Bake Off need no introduction to its judge of 12 years, celebrity chef Hollywood. His newest cookbook delivers a beautiful no-fuss baking guide steeped in nostalgia. Unlike on the show, where contestants get no guidance, Hollywood gives readers the tools to be successful with straightforward instructions that often include step-by-step photos. Enticing food styling will make stomachs grumble before readers can get to the kitchen. But don’t fret, bakes are generally easy to accomplish with common baking staples and do not call for specialty pans. Paul’s intimidating TV persona is not a part of this book. Rather, he encourages bakers to experiment and have fun in the kitchen. Fans of the TV show will love that recipes include UK favorites, but the book includes bakes from beyond Hollywood’s home country. Savory options are sprinkled throughout as well, making this book extra versatile.
VERDICT Break out the Hollywood handshake because this book is filled with bakes that will become part of readers’ regular rotations.
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