Holiday Cookbook Review: Warm Bread and Honey Cake
"Warm Bread and Honey Cake" by Gaitri Pagrach-Chandra
Among the latest crop of new baking books, the hands-down winner is undoubtedly
"Warm Bread and Honey Cake: Home Baking from Around the World,"
Painstakingly researched and lovingly written, "Warm Bread" deserves a place on the bookshelf of everyone who loves to bake.
Exposed to multi-cultural influences at an early age in her native
The dizzying assortment of recipes covers everything from Indian breads through Dutch cookies to Chilean cakes.
Savory pastries occupy an important place along with traditional sweets, and there is an entire chapter devoted to leaf and thread pastries, including real Turkish baklava, strudel and shredded wheat-style kadayif.
Appetizing photos of many of the recipes are styled to look homey rather than slick and are interspersed with some location shots of baked goods in their native environment.
"Warm Bread and Honey Cake" provides not only a fascinating read but also a collection of recipes that you -- or the baker on your holiday gift list -- will return to for years to come.
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