Cookbooks go a long way back — ancient Mesopotamian, Arabic, Greece, German, Tang Dynasty and many more old civilizations recorded a collection of their favorite recipes be it for training or posterity. And some have survived down to this day. Cooking is a passion for a lot of people today and various culinary shows on TV are immensely popular. They show no signs of withering and the same goes for cookbooks. You’ll find a plethora of cookbooks on bookstore shelves everywhere.
Today, cookbooks are more than a catalog of recipes. They’re a compilation of a chef’s or cook’s tasty results after multiple flavor failures. Their heart and soul went into making each recipe unique and delicious with new techniques, new twists, new versions and new approaches – we never stop learning. It’s their story, their dream, their devotion and their love for cooking and they want you to feel the zeal. Many recipes evoke emotions – maybe because you baked with grandma or just because you adore the ingredients. Here are two new cookbooks that will bring out the best baker in you as you try their take on enticing recipes.
Paul Hollywood, A Baker’s Life
100 fantastic recipes, from childhood bakes to 5-star excellence
A Baker’s Life contains 100 of Paul Hollywood’s very best baking recipes, which have been finessed over decades spent as a baker. Each chapter is filled with bakes that represent a different decade – learning the basics at his father’s bakery; honing his pastry skills in the finest hotels; discovering the bold flavors of the Middle East while working in Cyprus; and finding fame with the phenomenally popular Great British Bake Off television series.
Thanks to this book and its clear step-by-step photo instructions, you can recreate the recipes that Paul has spent years perfecting. Favorites include garlic baguettes; feta and chive bread; chorizo and chili Scotch eggs; mum’s ginger biscuits; double chocolate Danish twists; and hazelnut cappuccino cake.
With photographs from personal family albums, plus many professional insights into and anecdotes that reveal what makes a great baker, A Baker’s Life will show you how to bring the baking skills Paul has learned over a lifetime into your own home kitchen.
This is the must-have baking book for bakers of all skill levels. Since 1992, Michigan’s renowned artisanal bakery, Zingerman’s Bakehouse in Ann Arbor, has fed a fan base across the United States and beyond with their chewy-sweet brownies and gingersnaps, famous sour cream coffee cake, and fragrant loaves of Jewish rye, challah, and sourdough. It’s no wonder Zingerman’s is a cultural and culinary institution.
Now, for the first time, to celebrate their 25th anniversary, the Zingerman’s bakers share 65 meticulously tested, carefully detailed recipes in a beautiful hardcover book featuring more than 50 color photographs and bountiful illustrations. In the margins, you’ll also get a little history about the recipe and some advantageous tips. They also share some behind-the-scenes stories of the business which will enrich this collection of best-of-kind, delicious recipes for everyone who chimes, “I can’t believe I get to make this at home treat.”