{Sweet San Francisco}: Chantal Guillon SOMA

Although there’s a lot of focus in SF on pastry with modern, funky twists, I’m also very pleased to see there’s also been a quiet resurgence in classic French pastry as well. Case in point: Chantal Guillon, my favorite maker of macarons in San Francisco, who has expanded to three shops in the Bay Area, […]...

{Cookbook Review}: Honey Cashew Morning Buns

Joanne Chang is one of my baking heroes for accomplishing what many an aspiring career-changer has dreamed: leaving her job and opening a highly successful bakery, then a restaurant, and then authoring two fantastic cookbooks. (At the very least I’m proud to say I’m a fellow Chronicle Books author with her now!) With her third cookbook, […]...

{Cookbook Review} Mini Berry Hand Pies and Baking With Kids

Now that Isabelle is almost two and half (what?), she wants to do everything herself. Which is equally in terms endearing and exasperating. What I like even better is when she wants to do what Mommy is doing....

{Cookbook Review}: Alice Medrich’s Flavor Flours

If you read my baking roundup in December, you might have noted that I gushed briefly about Alice Medrich’s newest cookbook but promised a longer followup. Here it is, my review of her latest cookbook, Flavor Flours: A New Way to Bake with Teff, Buckwheat, Sorghum, Other Whole & Ancient Grains, Nuts & Non-Wheat Flours […]...

{Cookbook Review}: Best Baking Books of 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 […]...

{Cookbook Review}: The Baking Bible and 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 […]...