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          Product Description-Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook
Every new book from Martha Stewart is cause for celebration, and with Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook, she returns to bring
   the pleasures of baking to readers at every level, from beginner to expert and beyond. A culinary compendium packed with
 more than 200 foolproof recipes for the best baked goods, Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook takes readers by the hand and
  guides them through the process of creating an irresistible variety of cakes, cookies, pies, tarts, breads, and much more. This
   essential addition to every cook’s library is rich with tips, techniques, and the mouthwatering and stunning recipes for which
 Martha Stewart is so well known. Covering a delectable array of topics from simple to sophisticated, including biscuits, muffins,
     scones, cookies, layer cakes, specialty cakes, sweet and savory pies and tarts, and pastries and breads, she provides a
 dazzlingly delicious yet crystal-clear, vividly illustrated repertoire of recipes. There are cakes that are elegant enough for formal
occasions, such as showers, weddings, and dinner parties, and basic favorites meant to be enjoyed every day and then passed
down through the generations. Every chapter includes indispensable visual equipment glossaries and features vital make-ahead
    information and storage techniques. Organized for maximum clarity and practicality, the handbook also offers step-by-step
   how-to photographs that demystify even the most complex and nuanced techniques. These culinary building blocks will turn
 good bakers into great bakers, and make great bakers even better.Filled with time-honored classics, such as Marble Cake with
 White-Chocolate Glaze, Apple Pie, Challah, Baba au Rhum, and Croissants, as well as lots of new surprises, Martha Stewart’s
  Baking Handbook will be reached for again and again, no matter the season or occasion. “Here, you will find the recipes and
how-tos for the popovers you dream about, and for the simple crumb cake that you always want to whip up on Sunday morning,
   and for the double-chocolate brownie cookies that will make you a bigger hero with the after-school crowd, and for the citrus
bars that you could only find in that little bakery that’s no longer under the same management. . . . Baking offers comfort and joy
and something tangible to taste and savor. We all hope that these recipes provide you with years of pleasure.” —Martha Stewart

   Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook presents the doyenne of the Better Way in tip-top form. Or rather, it offers the work of a
    dedicated team who, under Stewart's stewardship, has devised over 200 baking recipes for both savory and sweet treats,
ranging from the traditional likes of buttermilk biscuits, gingersnaps, blueberry pie, bagels, and chocolate angel food cake, to the
    more novel pleasures of Sausage and Feta Hand Pies, Cherry Fragipane Gallete, Carrot-Ginger Cupcakes, and even the
  buttery-sugary to-die-for yeasted pastry called kouign amans. Also present and accounted-for are Stewartian showpieces like
 Mocha-Pistachio Wedding Cake. The greatest virtue of the book, apart from the clarity of its recipes, lies in its organization: the
       chapters, which cover all baking stops, begin with relevant tips, followed by notes on equipment and techniques, all
 photo-illustrated. These set-ups supply context that maximizes the possibility of pleasurable, goof-free baking. Photo-illustrated
   how-to's in the formulas further the cause. A quibble is the absence in many of the recipe headnotes of descriptive material
   about the baked good they introduce--it's important to provide info on techniques and ingredients, as the headnotes do, but
  baking recipes in particular cry out for descriptions of what, for example, sfogliatelle (an Italian pastry), or lime-glazed cookies
 are. This said, the book is immensely appealing and will excite as well as instruct a wide range of bakers, from the would-be to
                                                  the accomplished. --Arthur Boehm

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Customer Reviews:
223 of 237 people found the following review helpful
Excellent manual for amateurs and beginners. Buy It!, November 9, 2005 By B. Marold "Bruce W. Marold" (Bethlehem, PA
United States)
       This review is from: Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook (Hardcover) `Martha Stewart's Cooking Handbook' is Martha
Stewart Omnimedia's first book since Miss Martha has been out of the slammer, and it is her first big book in several years.
That, combined with the fact that it's name promises to be a serious manual on baking techniques gives me high expectations
for this new title.I am really happy to say the book meets or even exceeds my expectations on almost all points. Like the famous
`Boy Scout Handbook' which is exclusively a `how to' book on all the basics, this volume covers virtually all the essential baking
techniques, without going into any long explanations on why these are the best techniques. Thus, unlike Sherry Yard's excellent
`The Secrets of Baking' or Shirley Corriher's `Cookwise' or Alton Brown's `I'm Just Here for More Food', this book spends no
time dwelling on how biscuit baking is very similar to pie crust baking or that cheesecake is not really cake, but a custard pie.
Instead, Martha and her very large and expert...

38 of 39 people found the following review helpful

Culinary Commentary on Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook, May 29, 2009 By Anne G. Evans
  This review is from: Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook (Hardcover) I have baked EVERY recipe cover-to-cover in Martha
Stewart's Baking Handbook - sequentially, with documented photographs, with emailed commentary to Martha - and with
periodic bake-through telephone & live appearances on "MARTHA" chronically my experiences with each of her recipes in this
Baking Handbook.The following is my "Culinary Commentary" on this book:The Positives [Many]* Just as any aspiring cook
should start by cooking their way through Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" Volumes 1 and 2, in my opinion
any aspiring baker should start by baking their way through Martha's "Baking Handbook"o For the aspiring baker Martha's
Baking Handbook provides grounding, understanding, confidence and inspiration to find & fuel one's baking passion - & then
enabling that aspiring baker to spring forward to more advanced creations.o Baking through the book cover-to-cover forces one
to learn all the basics of baking because the...

47 of 52 people found the following review helpful

I'll be covered with flour on the weekends..., November 4, 2005 By J. Krech (Seattle, WA)
    This review is from: Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook (Hardcover) After spending two hours curled up by the fire last night,
and flipping through each exquisite page of this book, all I can say is that I'm clearing my calendar for the next six months of
weekends so I can make each and every thing is this delightful book. Martha's -- and her staff's, for that matter -- attention to
detail is unfailing and results in perfect finished products. The pages are sumptuous in the hands, the pictures are enticing and
so realistic you can almost smell the baked goods and feel their fresh-from-the-oven warmth. I've tried a few of the recipes and
can testify to their elegance: often times simple, always impressive, and absolutely delectable.

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