• Rose’s Heavenly Cakes by Rose Levy Beranbaum
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    If you own The Cake Bible and have used and appreciated it. You must get Rose’s Heavenly Cakes. And if you don’t own any of these books and you love baking cakes and you want to learn to be creative with them, then get both the books. These are the best recipes that I have come across. Rose pays so much attention to technique and measurements to make the cakes very tasty, the crumb fine and the cake supersoft. Each cake that i have made either from The Cake Bible or Heavenly Cakes have turned out so delicious and delicate, if it weren’t for my poor decorating skills then it would seem like it came straight from a professional bakery. I gave a huge sigh of relief when the…

  • Bill’s Sydney Foods by Bill Granger
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    What’s in a cover? How much does a cover cause you to buy the book? Well… Bill’s Sydney Food was released previously with a -blah- cover. I don’t recall ever leafing through it. Hmmm, nup, never. But when i was looking at the New Release section in the bookstore i saw a sleek black book with Bill’s Sydney Food scrawled on it like a chalkboard menu. Oooooh! I picked it up and it was only the slip case to the actual cookbook. Oooooh! I let the book slide out from the case and the cover was very chic photos of Sydney and Bill’s Cafe. The smell of a newly printed book sends shivers down my spine. The photos (throughout the book) are wonderful depictions of…

  • Jamie’s America by Jamie Oliver
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    I have never really been drawn to the work of Jamie Oliver. I received his Italy book as a Christmas gift and was very impressed with its layout and use of colours. His recipes seemed enticing but i have yet to find inspiration from them to really test them. I was very drawn to the idea of Jamie at Home. Cooking from the garden and using seasonal products to reduce your carbon footprint and be healthy. Fantastic idea. Same problem. I didn’t cook from any of the recipes. They just haven’t grabbed me by the eyeballs and lured me into the kitchen like a big bad wolf. One day i was walking through a small bookshop and came across Jamie’s America. “Interesting” i…

  • More from Magnolia by Allysa Torrey
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    I am a HUGE Sex and the City fan. So naturally, I had to go on the Sex and the City tour when I was in New York. One of the sites we went to was the Magnolia Bakery. I remembered the scene where Carrie and Miranda eat pink cupcakes on a bench. But did not realise it was this bakery, nor did i realise how iconic the bakery was. The tour guide bought us all a cupcake. They were unlike any cupcake i had ever eaten before. The vanilla bottom was light and the butter cream was pillowy soft and over-the-top. It was very indulgent and (gasp) i couldn’t finish it. But that didn’t take away from the impression it has forever made in me. I can no longer make a cupcake with just a swipe…

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