Bake from Scratch: Volume Two; Artisan Recipes for the Home Baker.

Author:Jagareski, Rachel
Position:Book review
 
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Brian Hart Hoffman; BAKE FROM SCRATCH: VOLUME TWO; 83 Press (Nonfiction: Cooking) 39.95 ISBN: 9781940772486

Byline: Rachel Jagareski

Baking is chemistry; baking is alchemy; baking is craft. Brian Hart Hoffman's Bake from Scratch: Artisan Recipes for the Home Baker, Volume Two celebrates all of these aspects with more than 600 recipes from the sophomore year of Bake from Scratch magazine. It's a hefty, well-illustrated idea book for the serious baker who wants to try new recipes and techniques.

The large format allows for most nearly every recipe to be delineated on a single page, and it falls open easily to lie flat for ease of use. Large, luminous color photographs for all of the recipes and smaller thumbnails for many others are very helpful guides toward the perfect crumb, crust, or cream. Bakers will also appreciate that measurements are given by both volume and weight.

There is not a lot of chapter or recipe preamble, and the book presumes knowledge of advanced techniques and cabinets full of specialized gear, ingredients, and pans. As such, it seems best suited for more accomplished bakers, though the less experienced may be inspired by all the baking porn to...

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