Sunday, February 24, 2013

Review: Sugar Baby by Gesine Bullock-Prado

Cookbooks with recipes for baking with sugar (in the oven), continue to top the bestseller lists. And yet, no one has set out to do a cookbook with recipes on cooking with sugar (on the stovetop)—until now.

In Sugar Baby, Gesine Bullock-Prado offers totally unintimidating step-by-step advice; the simplest instructions; recipes for candy, confections, and treats that integrate stovetop work into finished desserts; and a hilarious voice.

Organized by temperature and chemical stages, here are more than 100 recipes for lollipops, caramel, rock candy, chocolate mousse, macarons, marshmallows, pudding pops, cakes, and much more.

Sugar Baby will satisfy even the most demanding sweet tooth.

Received for review.

I adore all cookbooks and to see one not only about sugar, but with a picture of cotton candy on the front I simply could not pass it by!

I was very pleasantly surprised. Yes, the recipes were not for amateurs, but there were a few that even those of us who are not pastry chefs could accomplish reasonably well. I'm choosing to ignore the French Macaron section entirely since we all know that they are simply impossible for mere mortals, unless you actually are Martha Stewart. In which case, you aren't really a mere mortal anyway.

The instructions were clear and easy to follow if you are adventurous and dedicated. The photographs were beautiful, and the accompanying text fun to read. It was certainly comprehensive as well, covering everything from marshmallows to hard candies to taffy to frostings and beyond.

I even came across a few recipes that I'd like to attempt:

Maple Pillows (hello, maple!)
Whoopie Pies
Gingered Drop Scones
Maple White Cake
Ginger Cookies

So, if you're in the market for a fun and different cookbook of sweets this will be perfect for you. Even if you never plan to make a single recipe it's an incredibly entertaining and educational read.

★★☆☆ = Liked It


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