50 Things to Bake Before You Die Book Review – Decadent, Lusciously Delicious

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50 Things to Bake Before You Die, from Ulysses Press and Allyson Reedy, brings to the readers a page turning delicious journey, filled with recipes from award winning industry leaders and bake shops around the country.

Compiled by dessert-obsessed food writer and restaurant critic Allyson Reedy, 50 Things to Bake Before You Die: The World's Best Cakes, Pies, Brownies, Cookies and More from Your Favorite Baker including, Christina Tosi, Joanne Chang, and Dominique Ansel, presents a heavenly collection of dessert recipes gifted to us from the greatest bakers and celebrity chefs to small-town café owners and fancy restaurateurs.

Spread across five chapters: "Cookies," "Cakes," "Pies and Tarts," "Things You Eat With Your Hands," and "Things You Probably Shouldn't Eat with Your Hands," Reedy entices the reader with tantalizing images of sinfully decadent pastry arts.


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Baker's each have a passion, and if Cookies lures you to pull the flour and ingredients out of the cupboard and begin a masterpiece, the enticing 31 pages bursting with self-indulgent decadence will have even the strongest drooling over the pages of ooey-gooey still warm chocolate, confectionary sprinkled Lemon Madeleines from master Chef Daniel Boulud, and Mackles'mores, a fusion of traditional campfire smores and chocolate chip cookies served on graham crackers by Robin Wehl Martin.

Other cookie recipes that may tempt include Chocolate Pecan Carmel Cookies, Homemade Oreos, Plan Jane Cookies, Brown Butter Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies, Funfetti Cookies, Triple Chocolate Pecan Caramel Cookies and more.

Chapter two Reedy introduces readers to Cakes, layer cakes, death by chocolate cakes, Olive Oil Cakes, Pound Cake, Cupcakes, Cheesecake filling and chocolate streusel cakes, birthday cakes and the Ultimate S'Mores Cake from bakers from Muddy's Bake Shop in Memphis, TN, Mindy's Bakery in Chicago, IL., Milk Bar Bakery, and Baker bloggers, Courtney Rich, Liz Marek, Astrid Field.


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"This book is designed for baking mortals like myself," Reedy says. "I cannot make a perfectly crimped pie crust, and my cakes don't look like works of art, or even works of a third grader. The point of this book isn't to make the most beautiful lemon layer cake, but the tastiest, and that should be accessible to all levels of bakers."

For Pie lovers, what can compare to the Classic Apple Pie? For Reedy she completes the chapter with Strawberry Hand Pies, Peanut Butter Pie, Blueberry Lemon and more. Over the pages of the next two chapters page after page of hypnotizing classics, twists and must haves jump out: Blondies, Lemon Bars and Pistachio Cheesecake Bars, Salted Caramel Brownies, Brown Sugar Peach cobbler, Butter Pecan Cinnamon Buns, and Creamy Coconut Cheesecake with Dulce de Leche and of course Classic Crème Brulee.

Throughout the remainder of the cookbook, she completes each section with stunning photography for every recipe, and more provides simple step by step instructions that will turn those home-baking skills into professional-grade desserts without the fuss or stress.


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Written with a fun and friendly tone and featuring easy, step-by-step instructions, 50 Things to Bake Before You Die will make you feel right at home in your kitchen as you bake up these world-class desserts, including Homemade Oreos (from Joanne Chang); Strawberry Champagne Cupcakes (from Georgetown Cupcake); Brown Sugar Peach Cobbler (from Tieghan Gerard); Birthday Layer Cake (from Christina Tosi); Chocolate Babka (from Duff Goldman) and much more!

Read more about the Allyson Reedy from her work in the Denver Post, 5280 Magazine, and Bon Appétit, and follow her on Instagram (@allysoneatsden) and Twitter (@AllysonBTC).


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Title: 50 Things to Bake Before You Die: The World's Best Cakes, Pies, Brownies, Cookies, and More from Your Favorite Bakers, Including Christina Tosi, Joanne Chang, and Dominique Ansel.

Author: Allyson Reedy.

Publisher: Ulysses Press.

Release date: April 5, 2022. 

Length/Size: 144 pages, 7 ½ x 9 ¼, Hardcover.

ISBN: 978-1-64604-331-6.

SMP: $24.95.

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