I have ordered Magnificent Cakes but do I need the Cake Bible as well??
I hear the cake bible deals in depth with icing techniques (I am not a decorator!) but a lesser part is devoted to baking cakes as such (66 pages)???
But I have seen some reference here to useful tables at the back of the book.
For those of you who have both books I would appreciate some advice.
I am keen to order the Pie book as well. What type of pies are covered??
The books I use at least every other day are The Cake Bible, RHC, Shirley O. Corriher’s Bakewise, and at home, Rose’s Pie book. I have many books here as reference, but I use TCB the most: not so much because it has good well-tested cakes and icings (there are MANY more than 66 pages of cake baking in TCB), but because there is so much good reference material concerning weights and conversions of recipe materials including chapters with formuli for scaling up recipes for tiered cakes (especially good when weighing grams of ingredients to insure that you are consistent from one cake to another) and the WHY of many baking processes and ingredients (this is especially helpful if you like to experiment with your own ideas and refinements to recipes you may have gathered). I have collected many cookbooks over the years, but for baking (esp. cakes), I keep coming back to this book when I need reference help. There is also referenced a source for ingredients that might be a little more difficult to acquire than what you might be able to get on the phone from your local jobber or retil GroSto (Tobler Narcisse, for example).
Although I am a newbee here to the website, the sense of community and the folks offering resolutions for issues helps a lot, too! I have promised myself to bake through Roses RHC book this year. I might even go through the Cake Bible as well if I can find a home for all these cakes…
If money is not an issue in this economy, get all three, you won’t regret having them.