Judith D Collins
Sweet and Salty Recipes from New York's Most Creative Bakery
By Erin Patinkin, Agatha Kulaga
Publisher: Harlequin Nonfiction
Publication Date: 9/30/14
My Rating: 5 Stars
With lines out the door for their coveted Bloody Mary scones, pear and sour cherry cardamom pie, and caramel bacon hot tarts, New York's award-winning bakery Ovenly is world-renowned for their innovative and exquisite treats.
Using unexpected flavor combinations by playing with tradition, testing the limits of indulgence and perfecting the balance of savory and sweet—adding just a hint of spice—it's no wonder Ovenly consistently receives rave reviews and has dedicated cultlike fans and clientele.
The Ovenly cookbook is packed with all of their greatest hits—the best ever chocolate chip cookies; dense, crumbly shortbreads; smoky, beer-slicked caramel corn; buttery scones; rich, layered cakes; bacony peanuts—plus pages devoted to recipe riffs and spin-offs. As self-taught, curious cooks, Agatha Kulaga and Erin Patinkin have a straight-talking approach that is never too fussy and always encourages experimentation. Above all, they believe that cooking (and eating!) should be an adventure.
With tips and anecdotes, exquisite photos, and pantry and kitchen tool essentials, Ovenly contains experimental yet perfected recipes for the most inventive and out-of-this-world breakfast pastries, desserts, and snacks.
A special thank you to Harlequin Nonfiction and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
OVENLY by Erin Patinkin, Agatha Kulaga and New York's award-winning bakery Ovenly, world-renowned for their innovative and exquisite treats, provides inspiration, yummy recipes, tips, tools and essentials for all levels of food enthusiasts!
Readers will enjoy learning the diverse history and background of these two talented women, and their delightful memories from their mother and grandmother’s kitchen, contributing to their continued success.
This dynamic duo delivers their greatest hits with a variety of recipes with the following helpful sections:
•Scones and Biscuits
•Quick Breads and Coffee Cakes
•Cookies and Shortbreads
•Pies and Tarts
•Brownies and Bars
•Cakes and Cupcakes
•Baking for the Holidays
•Fillings, frostings, and sauces
I loved the Scone section, my favorite with base recipes, Bloody Mary Scones, Cheddar Mustard, Currant Rosemary, Whole Wheat Raspberry Drop, Biscuits with Honey and Thyme (yum!). Other favorites: Pumpkin olive oil loaf, and the goat cheese spring onion and chive quiche.
In addition, other helpful tidbits includes, “get creative, tools and ingredients you should have in your kitchen, the beauty of a "baking plan," and some handy conversion charts”.
OVENLY is beautifully packaged with stunning color photography with well laid out content --from this adventurous talented team, as they share their passion, and pleasure of food to readers desiring to savor and create a fun-filled journey.
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