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The Simple Art of Perfect Baking [Hardcover]

Flo Braker , Dana Gallagher
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Dec 1 2003
For those in the know, The Simple Art of Perfect Baking is a must-have cookbook, a kitchen classic. Now back in print with a durable hardcover - it's a book that gets turned to again and again - this handsome edition with all-new color photographs is ready to advise the next generation of bakers. Flo Braker's meticulously tested recipes give home cooks the confidence they need to create light-as-air cakes, fluffy frostings, creamy fillings, and flaky pie crusts. In addition to her step-by-step instructions, the author shares culinary know-how such as the most reliable doneness test and decorating tips. From basic Puff Pastry and Classic Sponge Cake to elegant Dutch Souffle Torte and Cranberry Pecan Tart, perfect desserts are at hand now that Flo Braker is back on the scene.

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"Flo Braker's dedication and her attention to detail make this book a must for anyone seriously interested in baking." -- Jacques Pépin

About the Author

Flo Braker is a nationally recognized baking expert and former president of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. She is a frequent contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle's food section and lives in the Bay Area.

Dana Gallagher is a New York based photographer.

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WHEN YOU ARE THINKING OF MAKING A CAKE, it is usually a butter cake that comes first to mind. Read the first page
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Flo Braker's 'The Simple Art of Perfect Baking' is being reissued after serving as a manual to millions of home bakers for almost 20 years as well as a model to emulate by important baking authors such as Gayle and Joe Ortiz of Gayle's Bakery and authors of 'The Village Baker's Wife'.
It is important to note that while in English, 'baking' suggests pastry, cakes, and breads, this book is truly only about what the French call patisserie. It is even more accurately described as primarily a book about cake baking, with approximately a quarter of the book dedicated to pastry. Everything said about the book must be understood to be referring to only torts and tarts.
On average, I think books on baking seem to reach a generally higher level of quality than comparable books on savory cooking. One reason is probably that you can't fake it in baking. A small misstep in measurement, equipment, or procedure can lead to something entirely different from what you intended.
Of course, Braker makes the humorous, but very sound suggestion to never throw away your mistakes. You never can tell when you may have happened onto the recipe for something very worthwhile to eat. Above all, don't tell your guests that their dessert is the result of a mistake.
The baking enthusiast's book buying is also simplified by the presence of a few very highly respected names such as Maida Heatter, Nick Malgieri, Lindsey Shere, and Flo Braker. To this distinguished list, I must add Sherry Yard, author of the great 'The Secrets of Baking'. I do not have the pleasure of having read or reviewed books by Maida Heatter or Lindsey Shere, but I am quite familiar with cake and pastry books by Nick Malgieri, Gayle Ortiz, Sherry Yard, and several others.
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