I have a lot of cookbooks. So many in fact, that I can’t keep them all in my small London flat. My parents have ended up with the bulk of my collection at the family home, and recently the shelf they were piled on actually came off the wall due to the weight of them!
I have kept my favourites with me though…Jamie, Nigella, Bill, Nigel…and now, a recent addition, Edd Kimber.
Edd Kimber, otherwise known as The Boy Who Bakes, won the first series of the BBC’s The Great British Bake Off last year and this is his first book. I bought it a couple of weeks ago after salivating whilst flicking through it in Selfridges (I went in to get my lunch and came out with this book, a loaf tin, yet another sillicone spoon and I forgot my lunch!)
The first thing I noticed about the book was how clean it looked. It’s beautifully laid out. One page has clear instructions, the opposite page has a stunning photo of the cake/pudding/biscuit/pie. I love recipe books with lots of photos. It’s so true that you eat with your eyes. I need to see what I’m cooking/baking. I need to see it to want to make it in the first place, and I want to know what the end result should look like. I won’t make something from a recipe alone.
There aren’t many things in life that make me happier than cake and my mouth was watering just looking through the first few pages…the cakes look incredible.
From the Caramel And Cinnamon Cake…
To the Chocolate, Pecan and Salted Caramel Tart…
To the Pear Tarte Tatin…
Each recipe begins with a small introduction from Edd, offering tips and explanations as well as an insight into his life and his passion for baking. The recipes are well written and easy to follow, there is nothing too complicated.
Last week I made his Ultimate Chocolate Cake for a friend’s birthday and it went down a storm!
It was really straightforward to make and everyone who tasted it loved it. Even my friend Harri who doesn’t even like chocolate! You can see it here - http://aspoonful-of-sugar.tumblr.com/post/12333989143/ultimate-chocolate-cake
If you love baking and you love visually devouring beautiful photographs of cakes, I thoroughly recommend you buy this book.
You can also see more of him at his website - http://theboywhobakes.co.uk and on Twitter - @TheBoyWhoBakes