Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Review: Sugar Rush by Johnny Iuzzini

Sugar Rush is a complete baking course in a book with everything a home baker needs to confidently turn out 150+ sweets with sophisticated flavors. 

James Beard–award-winning pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini returns to basics, sharing his expert tips on fundamentals such as making caramel and mixing butter cakes, with accompanying step-by-step photographs, before moving on to recipes for Salted Caramels and Sticky Caramel Date Cake. After mastering the simple method for making light-as-air meringues, anyone can make ethereal espresso marshmallows, mile-high soufflés, and chewy French macaron sandwich cookies. Readers can finally expand their cake and ice cream horizons to embrace flavors as thrilling as those in Brown Sugar-Molasses Layer Cake and Bitter Orange Ice Cream. The 250 photographs include both instructive technique shots to reassure bakers at every turn as well as stunning photographs of the ready-to-eat treats. With Sugar Rush, baking at home has never been easier—or more inviting.

Received for review.

I love looking at cookbooks and I couldn't pass up this gorgeous cover so I simply had to have this!

It is simply packed with recipes in varying levels of difficulty. Some are quite complex and you really need need a more advanced level of baking expertise for those, but most can reasonably be made by someone with a moderate amount of experience.

What I enjoyed most was that everything is beautifully photographed. There are tons of pictures showing you the gorgeous results of each recipe which is inspiring and also very helpful when you're trying to make a recipe.

There are several recipes that I'm looking forward to trying, such as the Citrus Butter Loaf Cake, Killer Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Cherry Crisp.

Overall, this is a stunning book with a huge variety of recipes and would make a lovely addition to any collection as well as a very thoughtful gift.

★★★★★ = Loved It

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