Sunday, January 15, 2012

Review: Home Baked Comfort (Williams-Sonoma): Featuring Mouthwatering Recipes and Tales of the Sweet Life with Favorites from Bakers Across the Country by Kim Laidlaw

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Weldon Owen (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616282002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616282004

Book Description

This gorgeous new baking book contains beloved classics and contemporary treats, from passionate baker and food editor Kim Laidlaw and America’s most revered bakeries and bloggers. Stunning, full-color photographs throughout bring it all to life. A mixture of nostalgia and fun, it is directed at both experienced bakers or anyone who might be curious about baking; there’s something here for everyone.

Favorites like caramel whoopie pies, sour cherry “toaster” tarts, deep dark chocolate cupcakes stuffed with marshmallow cream and glazed with ganache, and gooey s’mores brownies will take the reader back to childhood. Modern twists on classic comfort foods such as brown butter pound cake with fresh fig compote, flaky rhubarb turnovers, and crÈme brulee with caramelized blood oranges; and old family favorites like maple pumpkin pie, brown-sugar banana bread, and chocolate crinkle cookies will entice and inspire anyone to get in the kitchen and start baking.

Featured bakeries:
Baked (Brooklyn, NY)

About the Author


Kim Laidlaw is a cookbook editor, food writer, and baker who has been in the kitchen covered in flour since she was big enough to stir the biscuit dough. She has worked in the cookbook world for over nine years and was the first blogger on KQED’s popular Bay Area Bites blog, which launched in 2005. Kim previously worked as a professional baker at La Farine French Bakery in Oakland, CA. She lives with her husband in San Francisco, CA.

 My Review

This is a gorgeous new cookbook from one of my favorite stores Williams-Sonoma.  It is well laid out and filled with gorgeous photographs of the completed baked goods.   I like the features on various bakeries like Sugar Mama's Bakeshop in Austin, Texas and the Salty Tart in Minneapolis....bakeries you would never had heard of without this book.

Who can resist recipes like chocolate-cherry buttermilk buns, peanut butter-chocolate swirls, chocolate marshmallow cream cupcakes and buttermilk pie with raspberries.

The chapters included are:


Cookies and Bars
Cakes and Cupcakes
Pie and Tarts
Custards and Souffles

It concludes with Basic Recipes and Tips and Tricks.

Gorgeous baking cookbook!  One you will definitely want to add to your cookbook library.

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