CakeBook Monday: BAKING IN AMERICA by Greg Patent

CakeBook Monday: BAKING IN AMERICA by Greg Patent

Oh, how I love this book. Well-researched and expansive, it is packed with history and stories and is a must-have if you harbor any interest in American baking and/or American culinary history. Though sadly out-of-print, used copies can be found online for practically nothing and it was re-issued as an e-book late last year.

My own copy, above, is tagged and tabbed and torn up and stained, the cover long gone. I've read through it a few times and baked a decent number of recipes from the book. That said, two of my favorites are Emily Dickinson's Black Cake (the recipe which Ms. Dickinson sent in a letter to a friend in 1883) and Indian Meal Cake (a recipe for which appeared in the first baking book printed in America in 1828; 75 Reciepts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats by Eliza Leslie, available for free as an e-book).

Greg Patent is pretty active online, blogging as The Baking Wizard, and can be found here on Twitter

Interview on Esty!

Interview on Esty!

Harlequin Cake with Lemon Honey (Project VICTORIAN CAKES)

Harlequin Cake with Lemon Honey (Project VICTORIAN CAKES)