This is the cookbook I was expecting from the Cake Boss, the popular baker on TLC. His first book was more memoir with some recipes, and I enjoyed it, but this is the real deal.
Here he offers step by step instructions on how to bake some of the fantastic cakes you see on TV. He compares the process to the “Karate Kid” movies; you do all those seemingly boring repetitious things, like butter cookies, which lets you learn basics that will come into play when you are ready to move on to the “karate”, the cake baking and decorating. This is a great book for beginning bakers as he goes through the entire training process that they use at Carlos Bakery, but is also good for more experienced bakers as he also offers step by step instructions on using fondant and doing some of the dazzling effects so popular today. This book is a keeper.
12/11 Stacy Alesi
Baking with the Cake Boss by Buddy Valastro. Atria Books (November 1, 2011). ISBN 978-1439183526. 352p.