Rose Levy Beranbaum


The Cake Bible (1988), The Pie and Pastry Bible (1998), Rose’s Christmas Cookies (1998), The Bread Bible (2003)


The Cake Bible (1988)

The Cake BibleI really like Rose Levy Beranbaum's The Cake Bible (1988). It has some excellent recipes, and she explains the why of cake flour versus all purpose flour. I love the recipe for Domingo cake.


Rose’s Christmas Cookies (1998)

Rose's Christmas CookiesYou can tell it’s getting colder–I’m starting to obsess over baking books and looking and possible Christmas cookies. (NOTE: This is the ONLY Christmas thing I am interested in. I don’t want to hear Christmas music or see decorations until AFTER Thanksgiving.)

I very much liked the pictures, as they looked like cookies a normal human could manage to make (that’s always a big thing with me–I am daunted by perfect looking food.)

There are a lot of regional type recipes here, (although there was no recipe for kruscuki), which I enjoyed looking at, although many of the recipes didn’t look to be my kind of cookies, though they looked fun to try and make.

There were several ideas I saw that I really liked–one of which was edible tempura color–you decorate/paint your cookies before baking. I find that very appealing, although I totally suck at decorating cookies and cakes.

I also found a recipe for pecan tassies–I have had on many occasions little nut roll cookies at Christmas, but have yet to find a recipe that looks like what I enjoy eating. This looks close, and could possibly be modified to what I’m thinking. We’ll see.

The other recipe that caught my fancy was a meringue with processed bittersweet chocolate. That looks REALLY interesting.

There are several other recipes I think I’d like to try, but every year I come up with seemingly hundreds of Christmas cookies I want to make, and have to limit it to about ten different kinds of cookies.

We’ll see how things turn out.
Rating: 7/10

Published by William Morrow


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