American Cake: From Colonial Gingerbread to Classic Layer, the Stories and Recipes Behind More Than 125 of Our Best-Loved Cakes by Anne Byrn

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American Cake: From Colonial Gingerbread to Classic Layer, the Stories and Recipes Behind More Than 125 of Our Best-Loved Cakes Read Online Free - Cakes have become an icon of American cultureand a window to understanding ourselves. Be they vanilla, lemon, ginger, chocolate, cinnamon, boozy, Bundt, layered, marbled, even checkerboard--they are etched in our psyche. Cakes relate to our lives, heritage, and hometowns. And as we look at the evolution of cakes in America, we see the evolution of our history: cakes changed with waves of immigrants landing on ourshores, with the availability (and scarcity) of ingredients, with cultural trends and with political developments. In her new book American Cake, Anne Byrn (creator of the New York Times bestselling series The Cake Mix Doctor) will explore this delicious evolution and teach us cake-making techniques from across the centuries, all modernized for today’s home cooks.

Anne wonders (and answers for us) why devil’s food cake is not red in color, how the Southern delicacy known as Japanese Fruit Cake could be so-named when there appears to be nothing Japanese about the recipe, and how Depression-era cooks managed to bake cakes without eggs, milk, and butter. Who invented the flourless chocolate cake, the St. Louis gooey butter cake, the Tunnel of Fudge cake? Were these now-legendary recipes mishaps thanks to a lapse of memory, frugality, or being too lazy to run to the store for more flour?

Join Anne for this delicious coast-to-coast journey and savor our nation's history of cake baking. From the dark, moist gingerbread and blueberry cakes of New England and the elegant English-style pound cake of Virginia to the hard-scrabble apple stack cake home to Appalachia and the slow-drawl, Deep South Lady Baltimore Cake, you will learn the stories behind your favorite cakes and how to bake them.

Title : American Cake: From Colonial Gingerbread to Classic Layer, the Stories and Recipes Behind More Than 125 of Our Best-Loved Cakes
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ISBN : 1623365430
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 352 pages


QNPoohBear rated it ★★★★☆

February 22, 2017

Part history book and part cookbook, this book was tailor made just for me. I love history and experimenting with historical baking. I eagerly read the notes on the history of certain American cakes and how they evolved from European confections to American comfort foods and back and forth. Somet...

Amy rated it ★★★★☆

March 09, 2017

A fun read for a cook and history lover.

Melissa rated it ★★★★★

July 08, 2016

I've taken it upon myself to bake my way through history this summer. So, American Cake has been a treat. The recipes in this book vary in level of skill, but I can attest that they are all accessible if you follow them without exception. Regardless of the recipe, how can you not fall in love wit...

Alaine rated it ★★★☆☆

January 17, 2017

I first learned of this book from a history podcast so I thought it was going to be much better than it was. I think this is probably a good book for cake recipes. I think. I haven't tried any recipes from it, but they seem right on the surface. I recommend going in for the recipes and ignoring t...

Gail rated it ★★★★★

November 24, 2016

I read about this on Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. This is a delightful, readable history of the cake in the United States. Included are tidbits about the rise (pun intended) of chemical leavings, history of cooking tools, and the history of cakes. Charming, mouthwatering, and interesting. So many...

Lynda rated it ★★★★★

October 25, 2016

I loved this cake cookbook for both the fascinating history of American baking, the wide range of cake recipes, the gorgeous and tempting photos of most recipes and the detailed recipes themselves. I can't wait to start baking!

Mary rated it ★★★★☆

May 20, 2017

I thought this book was very interesting (and so appealing visually). There are so many recipes I want to try in this book, and most seemed reasonably easy to make. There are definitely cakes that take a lot more skill than others, but with the full-page photos for a lot of the cakes, the trouble...

Dana rated it ★★★★☆

April 23, 2017

The introduction to this book was extremely cringe-worthy and ignorant, so you could say it was also very American. I would really love a book very much like this with the interesting histories of recipes and beautiful pictures, but a much more progressive grasp of American history and culture. I...

Jeanette rated it ★★★☆☆

March 25, 2017

Okay, this is basically a recipe book and I didn't read the recipes, but I enjoyed the historical notes about the cakes. It makes you think about things you otherwise wouldn't, like, who thought of putting ashes in cake batter to make it rise? How did people bake before oven thermometers? Interes...

Meredith rated it ★★★★☆

June 21, 2017

More than a cookbook, American Cake delves into the history of cakes in America's dessert culture, from New England gingerbread to California's orange and olive oil cake (which I'm curious to try). This was so much more than what I expected, having read several of Byrn's cookbooks. All in all, a...

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