The angle: Don't bake boring; bake awesome.
Recipes for right now: Girly Girl Lavender Cake, Lemonhead Cake, Salvation Cinnamon Rolls, Pretzel Bread, Angry Bird Hand Pies, Sweet & Sour Cherry Pie, Chocolate Malt Crackle Cookie, Hiker's Bravado Cookies,
Who would enjoy this book? Bakers with an attitude, bakers who want an attitude, anyone who likes a good dessert (i.e. you)
• Who wrote it: Libbie Summers
• Who published it: Rizzoli
• Number of recipes: 100
• Other highlights: Sweet & Vicious from Libbie Summers falls somewhere between aspirational and totally irreverent. Yes, the cakes are gorgeous and perfect and jaw-dropping, but there's this feeling like, "Hey, don't sweat it. If you're not a Master Pastry Chef, you should make this anyway and just enjoy the sugar."
The book is more than just gorgeously frosted cakes — there are plenty of quirky cookies, quick breads, and dog treats (yes, dog treats) that even apprentice-level bakers can tackle with confidence. It's also worth paging through this book just for the ideas alone. I love the flavor combinations and surprise ingredients Summers throws into her recipes: stone fruit tarts with rum and pistachio cream, cookies made with crushed malted milk balls, a chocolate quick bread served with smoky raspberry butter.
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: Sweet & Vicious by Libbie Summers
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