Rose Levy Beranbaum
"She's obsessed. There's really no other way to describe cookbook author Rose Levy Beranbaum and her fixation with the minutiae of baking. If God is in the details, as the aphorism goes, then Beranbaum must have one foot in heaven. For Rose Levy Beranbaum, no detail escapes the pursuit of perfection. She's the Diva of Desserts." --The Washington Post
Epicurious: June 12, 2017 “The 100 Greatest Home Cooks of All Time.”
Was she being presumptuous when she titled her 1988 breakout book The Cake Bible? Not really. Anybody who has baked—or even just tasted—Beranbaum’s “Downy Yellow Butter Cake” knows that it inspires religious-like devotion. And her other Bibles (on bread, pie and pastry, and baking, respectively) are no different. Beranbaum’s recipes work—always, ever time—thanks to her exactitude. She tests maniacally and writes meticulously, ending up with recipes that help home cooks approach birthday cakes and Easter brunches with the confidence of the Gods.--DTpowell
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I have written 11 books and am working on my 12th. Books are my life and I feel blessed to be able to publish them and share the recipes I love with you.
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Cookbooks sale is still on. Rose's Cake Bible and Pastry Bible just $20 each plus shipping. Contact Woody through his email: email@example.com for our sale lists.
Spend A Moment with Rose, in this video portrait by Ben Fink
I became Ben's first subject for video portraits. We all learned a lot and had a terrific time doing it. I treasure having this video in my memorabilia.
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Woody Wolston started out being Rose's sole cookbook collaborator when she began writing Rose's Heavenly Cakes, through their corresponding between her New York apartment and his home in Minnesota which began in 2004. In 2013 he moved east so that they could work together in her and her husband's renovated New Jersey home.
Baking Tip of the Week
What is the meniscus
noun (pl. menisci |-kē, -kī| or meniscuses)
Physics the curved upper surface of a liquid in a tube.
A cup of water, measures 8 fluid ounces, but does not weigh 8 ounces. Look up water in the dictionary. It defines one fluid 8 ounce cup of water as 236.6 grams (8.3 ounces weighed). The volume reading should be taken at eye level and the meniscus--the clear space at the very top--should be above the measuring cup’s marked line.
If one mistakenly measures with the top of the line level with the cup’s, one can be short as much as one tablespoon. Shown below at 223 grams.
(Incidentally, liquid measures are not designed to measure solids such as sugar and flour which need measuring cups with unbroken rims on which to level off the ingredient.)
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