A Good Bake: The Art and Science of Making Perfect Pastries, Cakes, Cookies, Pies, and Breads at Home
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A Good Bakeis an unparalleled resource for serious bakers.
Melissa Weller, whose career has included stints at some of America’s leading restaurants and bakeries, offers detailed, model recipes for savory and sweet items. She includes a 10-page tutorial on making puff pastry, followed by 12 pages onkouign aman.The savory bread chapter ranges from hot dog buns and a sourdough brioche to a whole wheatpain au laitPullman loaf. There are quick breads and cookies, creative layer cakes, pies and tarts, and even a chapter on fried doughs for when nothing will hit the spot like a churro.
A Good Bakespeaks to those who want to understand why they’ve been instructed to fold dough a certain way, or to add fat at a particular time. Its core assumption is that you’re in the kitchen to bake well, not to get the job done quickly. And it rewards that attitude with precision and imagination.