The Artful Baker: Extraordinary Desserts From an Obsessive Home Baker

THE ARTFUL BAKER                                    CENK SONMEZSOY

Written, styled, photographed, and designed by Cenk Sönmezsoy, The Artful Baker shares the inspiring story of a passionate home baker, beginning with his years after graduate school in San Francisco and showcasing the fruits of a baking obsession he cultivated after returning home to İstanbul. Sönmezsoy’s stories and uniquely styled images, together with his original creations and fresh take on traditional recipes, offer a thoughtful and emotional window into the life of this luminary artist.
 
The Artful Baker is comprised of almost entirely new content, with a few updated versions of readers’ favorites from his blog, such as Brownie Wears Lace, his signature brownies topped with blond chocolate ganache and bittersweet chocolate lace (originally commissioned by Dolce & Gabbana and awarded “Best Original Baking and Desserts Recipe” by Saveur magazine); Raspberry Jewel Pluot Galette, a recipe inspired by Chez Panisse’s 40th year anniversary celebrations; and Devil Wears Chocolate, his magnificent devil’s food cake that graces the cover of the book.
 
Each chapter highlights a variety of indulgences, from cookies to cakes and tarts to ice creams, including recipes like Pistachio and Matcha Sablés; Tahini and Leblebi (double-roasted chickpeas) Swirl Brownies; Sakura Madeleines; Sourdough Simit, the beloved ring-shaped Turkish bread beaded with sesame seeds; Isabella Grape and Kefir Ice Cream; Pomegranate Jam; and Blanche, a berry tart named after the Golden Girl Blanche Devereaux.
 
Every recipe in The Artful Baker has gone through a meticulous development phase, tested by an army of home bakers having varying levels of skill, equipment, and access to ingredients, and revised to ensure that they will work flawlessly in any kitchen. Measurements of ingredients are provided in both volume and weight (grams). Where a volume measurement isn’t useful, weight measurements are provided in both ounces and grams.

PAT'S REVIEW


This was and is an incredible cookbook. From the cover the last page you are taken away by first the beauty of the photographs, but also by the authors love and passion for food and the creations that are being made. Wanting to share that with everyone you are given step by step instructions on everything you need to recreate what was created in these pages. Since they were created in the author’s kitchen you are given the tools you need but also if there was something that was easier or a simpler step you are given that piece of advice as well. This was the first cookbook I have come across that had a chapter just for brownies. You would have thought to give the brownie there own chapter. That alone might have made this a top book, but no. It was the way the author, chief took you through each recipe and the story behind them that made this book wonderful and unique. A beautiful book art wise, and food wise from someone who loves food. I got this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

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