The Cardamom Trail: Chetna Bakes with Flavours of the East

Mitchell Beazley: Octopus. May 2016. 240p. photos. index. ISBN 9781784721299. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9781784721961. COOKING
On the fifth series of The Great British Bake Off (called The Great British Baking Show in the United States), contestant Makan wowed judges and audiences with her exotically spiced cakes, pastries, and puddings. Here, she delivers more of her signature recipes, including saffron meringue cake, masala chai baklava, cumin bread with smoked aubergine (eggplant), and coconut chutney. All of these recipes are presented in grams and ounces, and readers will need a scale to prepare them. Attractive images make it easy to visualize what less-familiar foods will look like when finished.
VERDICT Bake Off fans will clamor for this debut. As a stand-alone baking book, Makan's work will appeal to readers who appreciated Gaitri Pagrach-Chandra's Sugar & Spice, Samantha Seneviratne's The New Sugar & Spice, and Ruby Tandoh's Crumb: The Baking Book.
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