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Coffee And Cake: Enjoy the Perfect Cup of Coffee--with Dozens of Delectable Recipes for Café Treats Hardcover – Sep 3 2010

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Cookbooks (Sept. 3 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061938327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061938320
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 21 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,268,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Can't recommend this one... Sept. 25 2010
By T. Fraser - Published on
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
I'm a coffee fanatic and love to bake, so this was an anxiously awaited title, but what a disappointment!

First, there aren't that many recipes; much of the book is "informational". For instance, pages of "a short history of coffee", coffee terminology and brief discussions of the various coffee growing regions of the world, as well as descriptions of how coffee is processed and roasted start the book. Then, there are the instructions on how to brew coffee and laborious coverage of the various pots and machines used to brew coffee. All this before we get to a single recipe, and this is just the coffee section of the book.

The cake section follows the same pattern; over 20 pages of truly basic information precede any recipes. How basic? Try this: "flour is the backbone of all cake recipes. Milled from wheat, flour is mostly starch..." For anyone who has a modicum of experience baking, reading these pages is the equivalent of an accomplished pianist playing "chopsticks". Yet, the descriptions are so superficial that this isn't an appropriate learning text for a neophyte, either.

Then, there are the recipes. The first one I tried, the "Apple-Cranberry Ginger Loaf" was awful. I seriously have to wonder whether there wasn't an editing error in the ingredient list. Don't try this one at home.

Not every recipe has a picture of the finished product and some probably should have. For instance, the "Butterfly" cupcakes are described as "whipped cream-and-preserves-filled cupcakes, decorated to look vaguely like butterflies..." We'll never know how vaguely like butterflies they look, because they're not pictured.

There are too many other excellent cookbooks and resources out there to waste time on this one.

Try these alternatives:

For all things coffee, try spending some time on [...].

To satisfy that craving to bake wonderfully luscious recipes for cakes and other baked goods, try "Tartine", "The Sweeter Side of Amy's Bread", "The Sono Baking Company Cookbook" and Rose Levy Beranbaum's "The Cake Bible".
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Treat your tastebuds to a European vacation... Oct. 8 2010
By Sarah - Published on
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Rick Rodgers, author of the delightful tome Kaffeehaus: Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Cafés of Vienna, Budapest, and Prague, returns to the subject of European-style coffee and baked goods in "Coffee and Cake." The first forty pages or so are devoted to an excellent, in-depth coffee primer, which includes a brief history of coffee, "coffee talk" (flavor notes and adjectives used to describe coffees, similar to wine tasting), growing regions, brewing tips, a section devoted solely to espresso, and types of coffee pots.

The included coffee recipes cover European territory such as Viennese coffees (fiaker), spiced mocha, Irish coffee, café brulot from New Orleans, and more far-flung variations such as Vietnamese and Thai (iced) coffee, along with a DIY frappe recipe (ice cream, espresso and whole milk) and an espresso martini.

As for the baking half, it's kicked off by an excellent baking primer that would be helpful for novice bakers in particular. There's in-depth discussion of ingredients, equipment, baking and cooling, and decorating. The cake recipes are divided into four parts. If you're looking for comfort food, you'll find heirloom recipes like apple-cranberry ginger loaf from the author's grandmother, almond blueberry buckle, or cinnamon swirl coffee cake. For the kids (and kids at heart), there's a section devoted to cupcakes and frosting. Gracious Southern-style cakes include ambrosia coconut cake and spice layer cake with praline frosting. You'll also find new favorites like a S'mores cheesecake and chocolate cake with chocolate malt frosting.

The first recipe that I tried was the apple-cranberry ginger loaf; I wrote the author to make sure that 2 cups unsweetened applesauce and 1/2 cup butter was correct, since that seemed like a lot of liquid for one loaf. Rick confirmed that it was. I made it minus the stick of butter in the interest of making the recipe low-fat and upped the ginger to 1/2 cup, and was rewarded with a moist, fruit-studded spice cake that would make a beautiful gift if baked in a decorative loaf pan like Nordic Ware Pumpkin Loaf Pan. Rick advises baking in a 9 x 5 pan, or you'll end up with extra batter. The apple-cranberry ginger loaf would also make great muffins for those chilly mornings on the go.

The European-style cakes are where the book really shines, and they pair wonderfully with Viennese coffees such as the fiaker (for more of Rick's European coffee recipes, try to find a copy of the excellent and out-of-print Kaffeehaus). Black Forest cake, moaahaccino torte, hazelnut gateau with coffee buttercream, chocolate-strawberry sachertorte, and tiramisu cake with mascarpone frosting will transport your tastebuds on a culinary vacation. The book wraps up with a handy (if brief) list of (online) sources, including Amazon.

"Coffee and Cake" does run on the short side at only eleven coffee recipes and twenty-five for cake, but Rick's excellent primers, engaging writing style, and step-by-step instructions make this a good choice for a novice baker, or for the hostess of a coffee (or book) club (it's the perfect size to tuck into a gift basket). There are numerous beautifully-staged photos that show off the included recipes. It's also printed in the US, which is becoming a rarity these days. More experienced bakers will want to try Rick's Kaffeehaus (if you can find it), Doris Greenspan's Baking: From My Home to Yours or Carole Walter's Great Coffee Cakes, Sticky Buns, Muffins & More: 200 Anytime Treats and Special Sweets for Morning to Midnight.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Mr. Rodgers has brewed up a winner of a book Sept. 24 2010
By Charlie - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I've always enjoyed Rick Rodgers' thoughtful, entertaining and informative books and Coffee and Cake is no exception. It's a small book packed with fun and useful facts. And the recipes (I've tried quite a few) are simple and yield outstanding results. If you like coffee (like I do) and you like cake (like I certainly do) this is a book for you.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful book! Oct. 2 2010
By Tooncesmom - Published on
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
I received Coffee and Cake to enjoy and to review. Here's my take on Rick Rodgers book:

Nice size at 8 1/4 inches square. Hardcover with enough color photos to make it really interesting, some by istock and the rest by Ben Fink.

Rodgers offers a pleasant introduction, explaining the seeming inseparability of coffee and cake from its Old World beginnings. A Coffee Primer explains the history of America's favorite beverage from its origin in Ethiopia down to coffeehouse culture. The reader will learn coffee terms, where the various berries are grown and size of the annual harvest (Brazil is the largest harvester at over 45 million bags). Processing and roasting are also covered, but brewing the perfect cup may be of primary interest to most readers; that and which coffeemaker to use. The reader has a choice between manual French press, drip, moka and several electric versions including espresso machines. (My personal preference is the Melitta filter shown on page 21.) Then there's an entire section on hot and cold coffee beverages: Irish Coffee, Café Brûlot, Viennese Fiaker with golden rum and whipped cream. Yum! How about an Espresso martini? You'll find it on page 38.

On to A Cake Primer listing the reasons for each ingredient, measuring, baking pans, mixers and a variety of tools. Technique, decorating, storing and serving are covered in just enough detail to keep it interesting. And finally the pièce de résistance: the recipes.

Choose from Apple-Cranberry Ginger Loaf, Apple Blueberry Buckle, Cinnamon Swirl and Pear Coffee Cake with Streusel Crust under the Coffee Cakes. Rodgers lists kuchen, crumbcake, a huge variety of cupcakes, some with elaborate decorations, All-American favorites, including cheesecake, and my personal favorites: European Café Treats. My family adores Schwartzwalderkirschtorte-Black Forest Cake-and there's a delightful recipe on page 119 that I plan to try soon. Included in this section is another favorite: Sachertorte, Sticky Toffee Pudding, Tiramisù, yummy Mocchaccino Torte with an espresso-chocolate filling on a brownie crust and a Hazelnut Gâteau with Coffee Buttercream. How can you not buy this book?

147 pages including a recipe index and a source listing for bakery supplies and all things coffee.

Two sticky thumbs up for Coffee and Cake.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Big disappointment Sept. 22 2010
By M. S. Aschenbrenner - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love Rick Rodgers books, but this book is an exception and big disappointment. Book has 11 coffee recipes and 26 cake recipes. Save yourself some money, get Rose's Heavenly Cakes by Rose Levy Beranbaum a much better book in my opinion. The coffee/cake pairings in this book are not 'that' special anyway!