{Cookbook Review}: Best Baking Books of 2014

December 18th, 2014

It was tough narrowing my list of favorite cookbooks for this post - every year I say it's a banner year for cookbooks, but I guess every year I keep finding more books that need a spot on my shelf! What made me really happy this year was that quite a few of my favorite authors have new works out, ones that are very worthy contributions to the baking cookbook canon and definitely worth me doing some serious reorganization to fit these new gems in. If you haven't finished your list to Santa, I have quite a few last addition for you to consider!

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{Cookbook Review}: The Baking Bible and Ischler Cookies

December 9th, 2014

beranbaum ischler cookies
 

2014 has been a banner year for baking cookbooks, especially these last couple of months when several of pastry's most respected and beloved authorities released new, major works. My nightstand is groaning underneath the weight of these books and my kitchen has been in constant action as I've happily baking through new recipe after new recipe. I'll be sharing a best-of list in the next week or so, but I also wanted to highlight a few cookbooks that deserved their own, dedicated post. First up is Rose Levy Beranbaum's The Baking Bible :

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Christmas Chocolate Double Mint Fudge

December 2nd, 2014

Chocolate mint fudge trio
 

It's December, which means candy making time is upon us! I was asked by NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® chocolate to create a recipe using their new Nestlé Toll House DelightFulls Filled Baking Morsels. These unique new baking morsels feature a separate flavor - mint, caramel, cherry, or peanut butter - swirled into the chocolate so you get two flavors in one morsel. I love the idea of being able to layer flavors in my baking just by using these sweet little bits.

I was inspired by the dark chocolate morsels with mint filling: one because I love anything with mint, and two because it's the perfect flavor for the holiday season. Think of peppermint patties, candy canes, and peppermint bark - anything and everything cool, minty, and festive.

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A Mission Tour with Negra Modelo and Rick Bayless

November 26th, 2014

tres restaurant menu
 

I know, the week before Thanksgiving and I'm in a posting frenzy! I just posted about pie, now I'm hoping to whet your appetite further with a glimpse into the Mission District of San Francisco, courtesy of Negra Modelo.

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{Sweet San Francisco}: Best Pies in SF (and a bit beyond)

November 25th, 2014

Mission Pies
 

Although the Bay Area has been enjoying a renaissance of fancy pastry classics like croissants, macarons, and kouign amann, it also has a soft spot for the simpler sweets, like pie. Pie San Francisco style usually means handcrafted with the the best, locally sourced ingredients, original takes on traditional flavors, and, of course, a killer, perfectly flaky crust. I was invited by Expedia's Viewfinder travel blog to collaborate on this article exploring my favorite places in the city to satiate my pie cravings, whether sweet or savory, fruity or nutty. Follow along for my grand pie crawl.

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Out and About: Tidbits from the Last Month

November 24th, 2014

tiny prints bfff decorations
 

Thank you to all for you for your kind wishes about my upcoming cookbook! I'm so excited to keep you updated on the news in the next few months!

In between wrapping up work on the book and writing for the blog, I got to be part of some fun events in the last couple of months that I'd love to share with you now. One of the best parts of being in the food world, of course is getting the opportunity to see what others in your field are up to, make connections and get inspired, and perhaps eat some really good food at the same time. Below, some of the best parts of the last few weeks:

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