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Cook's Illustrated Baking Book

Cook's Illustrated Baking Book

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About This Book

Now you can find it all at your fingertips--450+ definitive recipes for all your favorite cookies, cakes, pies, tarts, breads, pizza, and more, along with kitchen-tested techniques that will transform your baking. Recipes range from easy (drop cookies and no-knead bread) to more ambitious (authentic croissants and dacquoise) and our trademark expertise shines through each one. Discover why spreading the dough and then sprinkling the berries leads to better Blueberry Scones, why cubed versus shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese makes all the difference in our irresistible Cheese Bread, how we found three ways to squeeze more lemon flavor into our Lemon Bundt Cake, and how to keep the best Buttermilk Waffles your family will ever taste warm and crispy.

An illustrated Baking Basics chapter at the front of the book provides information on key ingredients and equipment and lays the groundwork for a lifetime of baking success. A shopping guide at the back recommends favorite go-to brands. These recipes represent all the wisdom of the bakers that came before us as well as all we've learned through literally thousands of trial-and-error sessions in our kitchens.

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From Chef Scott

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Prepare to embark on a delightful baking adventure with the "Cook's Illustrated Baking Book." This culinary treasure has left me positively elated and filled with enthusiasm for the world of baking like never before.

What sets the "Cook's Illustrated Baking Book" apart is its dedication to the art and science of baking. From the moment you open its pages, you are immersed in a world of precise measurements, meticulous testing, and the pure joy of achieving baking perfection. It's a celebration of the fact that every successful recipe is the result of not just creativity but also rigorous testing and experimentation.

The recipes within this book are a testament to the meticulous research and development undertaken by the Cook's Illustrated team. From the simplest chocolate chip cookie to the most complex multi-layered cake, each recipe is presented with thorough explanations, step-by-step instructions, and insightful tips that help you understand the "why" behind each baking technique.

The emphasis on the science of baking is both educational and empowering. The book's clear explanations of the chemical reactions and processes happening within your mixing bowl make you feel like a baking scientist, giving you the confidence to experiment and adapt recipes to your liking.

But what truly shines in this book is its relentless pursuit of the perfect recipe. The authors leave no stone unturned, testing various ingredients, techniques, and equipment to ensure that you achieve consistent and impeccable results every time you bake. It's a treasure trove of baking wisdom that transforms the kitchen into a laboratory of sweet discoveries.

The "Cook's Illustrated Baking Book" is a baking triumph that will leave you ecstatic and eager to explore the world of sweet creations. Whether you're a seasoned baker or just starting your baking journey, this book will reignite your passion for the art of baking and empower you with the knowledge to create delectable treats that impress every time. It's a joyful celebration of precision, experimentation, and the happiness that comes from sharing freshly baked goods with loved ones. Happy baking!