A Baker's Odyssey: Celebrating Time-Honored Recipes from Ameria's Rich Immigrant Heritage [With DVD-ROM]

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A Baker's Odyssey: Celebrating Time-Honored Recipes from Ameria's Rich Immigrant Heritage [With DVD-ROM]

Format:  Hardcover,

369 pages

Edition: Updated

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc

Publish Date: Dec 2007

ISBN-13: 9780764572814

ISBN-10: 0764572814

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"In this book, I'm embarking on a different path, focusing on finding recipes that preserve the tastes and memories of a long-departed place."
--Greg Patent

"A Baker's Odyssey" is a rich collection of recipes and culinary history, all gleaned from Patent's exhaustive research in the American home kitchens of immigrants from around the world. Through his travels across the country, Patent learned the secrets to traditional baked goods originating from thirty-two different nations. From Scotland and Austria to India and Thailand to Mexico, Norway, and West Africa, the recipes represent the best of each culture's beloved culinary traditions. Chapters are organized by categories of baked goods, and include Fried Pastries and Doughs, Flatbreads and More, Savory Pastries, Sweet Pastries, Savory Yeast Breads and Pies, Sweet Yeast Breads, Cookies and Cookie-Like Pastries, and Dessert Cakes, Tortes, and Pies. Patent provides detailed information on the origin of each recipe and its ingredients, and gives a real sense of the cultural heritage behind each dish. Recipes are easy enough for home cooks of any level to master, and include everything from Jewish Matzoh, Eastern European Rugelach, and Sweet Irish Soda Bread to Russian Meat Piroshki, Italian Pignoli Cookies, and Chinese-Style Almond Sponge Cake. The book is accompanied by an hour-long DVD in which Patent provides hands-on instruction in making Strudel, Pretzels, Cannoli, Kransakake, and much more.

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Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Publish Date: Dec 2007
ISBN-13: 9780764572814
ISBN-10: 0764572814
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 369
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 3.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 8.34 x 1.44 x 9.32

Chapter outline

Acknowledgments
The Bakers and Their Contributions
Introduction
Ingredients
Equipment
Fried Sweet Pastries and Doughs
Flatbreads and More
Savory Pastries
Sweet Pastries
Savory Yeast Breads and Pies
Sweet Yeast Breads
Cookies
Cakes, Tortes, Pies, and Other Desserts
Basic Recipes
Index of Recipes by Country or Region
Index of Mail Order Sources by Company
Index of Mail Order Sources by Specialty Ingredient
Bibliography
Index

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2008-02-01)

After his successful, award-winning Baking in America, Patent, an immigrant himself, now features recipes from others who journeyed to the United States. Included are bakers from Germany, Italy, Norway, Portugal, and even Australia, Slovenia, Wales, and West Africa; Patent traveled the country to work with over 60 home bakers. The majority of the baked goods are sweet, but there are savory pastries, yeast breads, and pies. An introduction to each recipe includes information about its origin and the current baker.

The instructions are clear, with alternate versions for mixing by a stand mixer or a food processor, or by hand. The accompanying DVD (not seen) gives instructions for making strudel, pretzels, can no li, Swedish saffron rolls, and more. Much of the baking is not for the calorie-conscious and contains lots of butter, sugar, eggs, and heavy cream. This is a marvelous resource for bakers interested in the cultural heritage of our immigrant nation. Recommended for all cookbook collections.

-Christine Bulson, SUNY at Oneonta Lib.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Awards and Recognitions

  • James Beard Foundation KitchenAid Book Awards, 2008 (United States)

Book description

"In this book, I'm embarking on a different path, focusing on finding recipes that preserve the tastes and memories of a long-departed place".

Greg Patent

A Baker's Odyssey is a rich collection of recipes and culinary history, all gleaned from Patent's exhaustive research in the American home kitchens of immigrants from around the world. Through his travels across the country, Patent learned the secrets to traditional baked goods originating from thirty-two different nations. From Scotland and Austria to India and Thailand to Mexico, Norway, and West Africa, the recipes represent the best of each culture's beloved culinary traditions. Chapters are organized by categories of baked goods, and include Fried Pastries and Doughs, Flatbreads and More, Savory Pastries, Sweet Pastries, Savory Yeast Breads and Pies, Sweet Yeast Breads, Cookies and Cookie-Like Pastries, and Dessert Cakes, Tortes, and Pies. Patent provides detailed information on the origin of each recipe and its ingredients, and gives a real sense of the cultural heritage behind each dish. Recipes are easy enough for home cooks of any level to master, and include everything from Jewish Matzoh, Eastern European Rugelach, and Sweet Irish Soda Bread to Russian Meat Piroshki, Italian Pignoli Cookies, and Chinese-Style Almond Sponge Cake. The book is accompanied by an hour-long DVD in which Patent provides hands-on instruction in making Strudel, Pretzels, Cannoli, Kransakake, and much more.

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