Cake Cook Books

Discussion in 'Cookbook Reviews' started by wannabake, Mar 7, 2003.

  1. wannabake

    wannabake

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    Please let me know which ones are must have. I love baking cakes and would like to build a wonderful cookbook collection. Right now I am just using Baking w/ Julia and Old Joy of Cooking. Thanks for your suggestions.
     
  2. jim berman

    jim berman

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    The Cake Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum is a mainstay for many. I turn to her tome for many fundamentals and a bit of inspiration. You might want to do a site search and comb through some old posts. I believe there was a discussion some time ago about baking books. Good luck... and happy collection building!!
     
  3. wannabake

    wannabake

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    Thanks for your reply. And I did comb through the achives and found quite a bit of info regading general baking books, but I am looking for cakes specifically. Thanks for your imput...the book you mentioned is on my list.
     
  4. w.debord

    w.debord

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    I'm a "anything to do with baking" collector. I'm so excited because this week I finally set up my collection. I had everything jammed into a couple old cases.....but I just recieved three beautiful cherry book cases from my Hubby this week. It's so auesome to see everything together at last.

    O.k. sorry (I just had to mention that, I'm so excited) I'll focus........

    Books on cake baking alone is a hard area to collect. There's not much at the stores. The books I have on the topic tend to be older. Most of mine I've found thru flea markets and second hand book store searches.
     
  5. w.debord

    w.debord

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    Some of the books I've collected:

    Cake Bakery, a book of recipes. By Hazel Zenker. Published by M. Evans and Company, inc. in 1973

    Great Cakes. By Carole Walter. Published by Ballantine Books in 1991

    Cookie and Cake Book. Published by Family Circle in 1977

    Pillsbury's Bake Off Cake and Cook Book. Published by Pillsbury in 1969

    The Good Cook Cakes. This is part of a series published by Time Life books in 1981

    The Simple Art Of Perfect Baking, by Flo Braker. Published by Chapters Publishing, inc. in 1985 and 1992


    Then theres the small hand book type books that you can by in the check out isle of the grocery store. I have some older books that are this size but I'm not sure how or where the customer bought them.

    One that's really neat (and I saw a Martha Stewart show where she mentioned that this is her Mothers favorite baking book) is
    "All About Home Baking". Written and Published by General Foods Corporations consumer Service department in 1933 and 1940.
    (If your collecting, I think this one is way cool)

    Best-Loved Cakes. Published by Favorite Brand Name Recipes, volume 6, May 4, 1999 No.33

    Winning State Fair Cakes. Published by Gold Medal (flour company) a General Mills Company, in 2001

    The Calumet Book Of Oven Triumphs! From General Mills in 1934

    250 Classic Cake Recipes. Published for Culinary Arts Institute by Consolidated Book Publishers, inc. 1940

    Good Housekeeping's Cake Book, with decorating ideas for many occasions. Published by Consolidated Book Publishers for Good Housekeeping magazine in 1958

    Cakes Unlimited. By- Pillsbury Classic 44 Copyright in 1984

    McCall's Book Of Cakes And Pies. Published by Advance Publishers, inc. .....I can't find a date, sorry

    Here Are The Cakes America Loves- Royal Cakes. Copyright 1950 by Standard Brands Inc.
     
  6. isa

    isa

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    A few more suggestions:


    The Art of the Cake
    by Bruce Healy

    Perfect Cakes
    by Nick Malgieri

    Chocolate Cake: From the Simple to the Sublime
    by Michele Urvater

    The Art of the Cake
    by Bruce Healy, et al
     
  7. wannabake

    wannabake

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    Thanks for all of the great suggestions!