Baked: New Frontiers in Baking Hardcover – Oct 1 2008
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After years in the advertising business, Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito decided to leave their day jobs and open a bakery in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Baked opened in January 2005 to instant rave reviews. The authors have been featured on Oprah, the Food Network, Martha Stewart’s daytime show, and the Today show. The bakery has been reviewed in countless magazines, both local and nationwide. Lewis and Poliafito live in New York City.
Tina Rupp is a New Yorkbased photographer who specializes in photographing food and children. Her work can be found regularly in Food & Wine, Everyday with Rachael Ray, and Parenting magazines.
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They've also included the Baked Brownie recipe and the Sweet and Salty Cake featured in O Magazine and on the Martha Stewart Show respectively - so if you're hoping to give those a try you're in luck. The book is certainly cheaper than ordering from the bakery if you're not in the area :)
The book is nicely lade out and simple to use but if you like cookbooks more for looking than using many of the recipes don't have photos. They've included a few tips and tricks to go along with the stories but most of them are fairly standard. Overall it's a great book with some really nice treats!
The chocolate brownies in this book are hands-down the best recipe I've come across to date. When I took a batch into work, the plate was empty 15 minutes. A perfect balance of chewy and 'cakey'. It easily won out compared to more complex recipes found in books by top NYC pastry chefs dedicated to advanced chocolate work.
The author's give all the needed direction to execute the recipes, which often require little fuss, a sign that they took quite a lot of time adapting these for the home cook. The ingredients are ones that are most often readily available. I'd highly recommend this to any baker, regardless of whether they're just starting out, or a die-hard pastry buff.
UPS on the other hand makes it frustrating for me to want to order anything from Amazon again. This has nothing to do with Amazon itself, just UPS. They made it so inconvenient to receive our package, and because we live in an apartment building, it was even more difficult. Since they could not leave it at our building, nor could we set a time as to when we are home since my wife and I both work in the afternoon/evening, the package ended up going to their Customer Service building, which is 25 minutes outside the city we live in. Absolutely frustrating and inconvenient.