The Cookie That Changed My Life: And More Than 100 Other Classic Cakes, Cookies, Muffins, and Pies That Will Change Yours

Knopf. Nov. 2023. 512p. ISBN 9780593321669. $40. COOKING
Does anyone really need another recipe for banana bread, lemon bars, or carrot cake? The answer is yes, if those recipes come from James Beard Award–winning baking doyenne Silverton (Chi Spacca). In her latest impeccably crafted cookbook, which was inspired by a peanut-butter cookie and the pandemic lockdown, the Californian restaurateur and baker gathers together more than 100 of her ingenious takes on classic cakes, cookies, muffins, and pies, along with a few offerings provided by culinary friends. The recipes included here require no special culinary techniques or skills, but Silverton does take her baking seriously, and she expects readers to do so too. Fortunately for novice bakers, every recipe is broken down into detailed steps that ensure success if faithfully followed. The book delightfully illuminates Silverton’s delicious philosophy of baking.
VERDICT There’s no shortage of excellent baking books available, including Dorie Greenspan’s Baking with Dorie and Rose Levy Beranbaum’s The Baking Bible, but home bakers trying to up their dessert game will find that Silverton’s superbly written guide hits the sweet spot.
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