After a long and "painful" wait, we can finally share with you the long-awaited Everyone Can Bake Review.
Name one of the best cookbooks of the season by The New York Times, Chowhound, Eater, Food & Wine, Forbes, and more, Everyone can Bake, is the newest release from the acclaimed pastry chef Dominique Ansel. In his new book, Dominique shares his simple, foolproof recipes for tarts, cakes, jams, buttercreams, and more “building blocks” of desserts for home cooks to master and mix as they please.
Dominique Ansel is the creator of beautiful, innovative, and delicious desserts, from the Frozen S’More to the Cronut®, the croissant-doughnut hybrid that took the world by storm. He has been called the world’s best pastry chef. But this wasn’t always the case.
Raised in a large, working-class family in rural France, Ansel could not afford college and instead began work as a baker’s apprentice at age sixteen. There, he learned the basics — how to make tender chocolate cakes, silky custards, buttery shortbread, and more.
Dominique shares these essential, go-to recipes for the first time. With easy-to-follow instructions and kitchen tips, home cooks can master the building-blocks of desserts. These crucial components can be mixed in a variety of ways, and Dominique will show you how: his vanilla tart shell can be rolled out and stamped into cookies; shaped and filled with lemon curd; or even crumbled into a topping for ice cream.
This cookbook will inspire beginners and experienced home cooks alike to bake as imaginatively as Dominique himself.
Since last year, when this book was announced, that we have been looking forward to reviewing it. Without any surprise, the wait paid off! Everyone Can Bake is a fantastic book for all the home cooks.
This book as a very different approach than any cookbook that we've haver reviewed. Split into three sections, Bases, Fillings and Finishings, each one will give you the "building block" recipes that you need to make all the amazing desserts in this book.
As you can see in the image above, you'll need three different recipes (base, filling and finishing) to be able to make the Peanut Butter Crunch Cake. At first this approach may seem strange, but after you get used to, you'll realise the full potencial of having a book organized in this way. After you master all the simple recipes you'll be able to create your own desserts.
If you read our review so far you already know what we think about Everyone Can Bake. In our opinion all pastry books should be written this ways, instead of focusing in individual recipes for cakes, tastes etc, this book will give you the building blocks that you need to unlock a endless list of dessert possibilities. If you are looking for a new pastry cookbook, you should definitely consider buying this book!
Everyone Can Bake is undoubtedly one of the best books of the year, and one of the best pastry books we've ever had the opportunity to review. From the way, it is structured, to its recipes, and even its techniques section, there is nothing that we don't love in this book. A must-have for anyone who likes to bake!