American Cake

American Cake

From Colonial Gingerbread to Classic Layer, the Stories and Recipes Behind More Than 125 of Our Best-loved Cakes From Past to Present

Book - 2016
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"Tracing cakes chronologically from the dark, moist gingerbread of New England to the elegant pound cake, the hardscrabble Appalachian stack cake, war cakes, deep-South caramel, Hawaiian Chantilly, and the modern California cakes of orange and olive oil, Byrn shares recipes, stories, and a behind-the-scenes look into what cakes we were baking back in time."--Back cover.
Publisher: [Emmaus, Pennsylvania] : Rodale, [2016]
ISBN: 9781623365431
Branch Call Number: TX771 .B968 2016
641.8653 Byrn
Characteristics: 344 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm


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Bethany_MarianneC Oct 29, 2018

Anne Byrn from Cake Mix Doctor series fame explores the history of baking cake in America from 1650 to present day. More than 125 recipes are featured and have been updated to reflect today's kitchens and techniques. Reading this book made me want to learn more about many of the vintage cakes and, of course, bake! Favorites I've made include: Delta Caramel Cake, Hershey Bar Cake and James Beard's Huckleberry Cake with many more on my to do list!

Nov 19, 2016

If you like to read a good cookbook; this is one of those you can both read and bake from, and in the process learn the history behind American national and regional favorites. I learned why and how American cake baking differs from European and really enjoyed the recipes. This is one I might actually buy!

ArapahoeKati Nov 15, 2016

Just listened to a podcast that interviewed Anne Byrn. What a fascinating book, to see how history, like food shortages or traveling across the country, has influenced baking. I'm sure my pants won't thank me for reading this book though...


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