Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Cookbook review

Wren with cake

These cold rainy days we've been having are perfect for baking and one of my favorite cookbooks is King Arthur Flour's Whole Grain Baking book. It's packed with tons of delicious recipes, like this Lemon Poppyseed Bread I just made. Other favorites include: Banana Crunch Cake, Parmesan-Pine Nut Biscuits, Cornmeal-Maple Biscuits, Lemon Barley Scones, Whole Wheat Pretzels, Chocolate Graham Crackers, Cranberry-Apricot Chocolate Chews, and Molasses-Rye Snaps. And I haven't even started on the sections about pastry, or yeast breads. There's a huge chapter on sour dough too.

The tone of the writing is friendly and ingredients are listed both by volume and by weight to help you get even better results. There's lots of information about flour and ingredients but never does it feel like an advertisement for King Arthur's products. I also appreciate what a wide range of grains are included and how they talk about substituting whole grains into other recipes you love.

Each recipe gives nutritional information and while there aren't many pictures, there are lots of drawings and side bars with information on techniques. The layout and typeface are clean and easy to read, with almost all of the recipes contained on one page spread. Overall, it's just a nice, well-thought out cookbook with delicious and easy recipes. What more could you ask for?

Glazed and ready to eat!
Mmmm. All glazed and ready to eat!

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