Rose Levy Beranbaum The Baking Bible

Last updated: December 28, 2022

From an award-winning cookbook author, this book is an extensive guide to cooking all types of baked goods. Recipes include everything from cakes to pastries to breads, with the chef providing expert tips along the way. The recipes even include tips for storage to extend the life of your baked goods.

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Product Details

Key Takeaway: More than a cookbook, this guide to baking includes step-by-step instructions, tips and beautiful photos.

In our analysis of 40 expert reviews, the Rose Levy Beranbaum The Baking Bible placed 4th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

The latest and most comprehensive baking book yet from best-selling author and “diva of desserts” Rose Levy Beranbaum and winner of the 2015 IACP Cookbook Award for Baking. Legendary baker Rose Levy Beranbaum is back with her most extensive “bible” yet. With all-new recipes for the best cakes, pies, tarts, cookies, candies, pastries, breads, and more, this magnum opus draws from Rose’s passion and expertise in every category of baking. As is to be expected from the woman who’s been called “the most meticulous cook who ever lived,” each sumptuous recipe is truly foolproof—with detail-oriented instructions that eliminate guesswork, “plan-aheads,” ingenious tips, and highlights for success. From simple everyday crowd-pleasers (Coffee Crumb Cake Muffins, Gingersnaps, Gooseberry Crisp) to show-stopping stunners (Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Tart, Mango Bango Cheesecake, White Christmas Peppermint Cake) to bakery-style pastries developed for the home kitchen (the famous French Kouign Amann), every recipe proves that delicious perfection is within reach for any baker.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

I enjoyed thumbing through the book, taking in the pretty photos (most recipes have one) and learned a lot through the “Golden Rules,” “Special Tips,” and “Troubleshooting Sections” at the beginning of each chapter. Following the recipes was easy and the end products were all impressive.
Everything you wanted to know to bake breads, cakes, cookies, pies, pastries and candies. And more scientific knowledge about baking and ingredients than you ever thought possible to put into a cookbook.
Rose has evolved a writing and presentation style that makes each of her bibles easy to follow. A five page recipe is broken into one or two page pieces, one for each of the different elements that are eventually composed into the final dessert. Each piece has its own list of ingredients, preparation steps, and -- most importantly -- storage steps.
As with all of Rose’s books you will get a graph presentation of the ingredients and have the choice of volume measuring, grams or ounces. The techniques are very thoroughly explained. If you want to know how and why to do something, you will find it here.

What reviewers didn't like

Very few recipes in this book called to me. Most are extremely specific and seem more special-occasion than everyday, which means they have obscure or expensive ingredients.
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