Get Your Bake On: Sweet and Savory Recipes From My Home to Yours by Brian Emmett
So before I start this review I need to clear the air and admit I was firmly Team Darlene when this show was on. But even though Brian wasn't the one I wanted to win I didn't hesitate when it came to requesting this cookbook. I wanted to see what he could do and that lemon meringue pie on the cover looks delicious and I have a weakness for lemon meringue.
This book starts with the usual reference guide regarding needed materials, ingredients and measurements. It explained enough about folding ingredients, whipping egg whites and other basics to be helpful without being complicated. The recipes are broken up into 7 chapters ranging from the basics - pies, cookies and cakes - and getting a bit more ambitious with pastry dough, biscotti, souffles, and custards. Before each recipe is a paragraph about where the recipe came from and if there is any tie into Brian's time on The Great American Bake-off.
In terms of usability there were a number of recipes that intrigued me - Key Lime Pie, Savory Bacon, Cheddar, and Chive Scones, Banana Tea Bread, Salted Peanut Butter Cookies and a few different kinds of cheesecakes. The ingredient list was nothing overly fancy (though several do call for vanilla beans which are freakishly expensive but easy to find) and the ingredients are clear and concise. There's also a pretty good helping of savory dishes which is unusual for a baking book. There are several types of savory pies (onion, chicken pot pie) as well as foccaccia and recipes for both New York and Chicago style pizza.
I did have a few issues with this that were on the strictly personal front. A number of his bread recipes call for a sourdough starter. He includes the recipe for that and it really isn't that complicated but if I'm being honest that extra step will probably keep me from trying it for awhile. While there are a number of recipes that look tempting this isn't really an everyday book for me. In general the recipes given run more towards Raspberry and Dark Chocolate Tartlets, Croissants, and Mini Pavlovas with White Chocolate Coated Popcorn. These all sound yummy but more something I would make for an event versus a Tuesday. There will be both Key Lime Pie and Lemon Meringue on my July 4th table though!
I'm linking up with Weekend Cooking hosted by Beth Fish Reads