Hard Decision - Which Rose book to get…?
Posted: 08 December 2011 02:11 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Good afternoon =)

I am new to the Forum, but have been getting Rose’s emails for about a year.  I LOVE to bake, but am a novice.  I like to try new recipes and techniques - some work, some don’t.  Santa (AKA: Mom) was asking what I wanted for Christmas and I was thinking that I’d love to have a Rose cookbook. 

Which book do you recommend for my skill level?  One that teaches basic baking principles, techniques and possibly with increasingly sophisticated recipes?  I looked through her catalog (here on the site) and I don’t really want to have to choose between bread, cakes, cookies or pies.  Can’t I have them all?? 

I really want to learn so I can troubleshoot my own mistakes, change recipes without dooming them and be more creative with my oven.  Any suggestions?

(Rose - please look away)
I’m also open to any other books that would fill in my knowledge gap if there’s a “must-have” out there by someone else…

Thank you!!!
Dena

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Posted: 08 December 2011 04:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I LOVE the Cake Bible.  I return to it again and again.  The fact that she states how long each recipe will last at room temp, refridgerated, and the quantity it makes is super helpful.  I also have the Pie and Pastry bible which is also good.

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Posted: 09 December 2011 06:33 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Baking bread can take a long time (from start to taste). I’m not sure that is a good thing for a beginner, imho. Beginners need quick feedback in order to gain confidence to later tackle things that require more patience, time, etc.

I’d recommend either the Pie and Pastry Bible or the Cake Bible, depending on whether you enjoy pies or cakes more. If you’d love to learn to make eclairs (they are easy enough for a beginner), get the Pie and Pastry Bible. If you like layer cakes more, get the Cake Bible. Rose has some recipes from both books posted here for free, try some and decide.

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Posted: 21 December 2011 08:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Anne in NC - 09 December 2011 02:11 PM

My pick is the cake bible—but I only have it and RHC.  The Cake Bible has a section on things like pancakes and other breakfast items, so it has a bread aspect to it.  Also, the certain of the frostings (light whipped ganache, for example), can be served as mousse, and certain cake and cheesecakes have cookie crusts, so there’s a few cookie-type things in there.

I choose the same ones. The Cake Bible will teach you all you need to know about baking cakes. You can’t go wrong by choosing it first.

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Posted: 25 December 2011 12:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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The only book of Rose’s that I have is RHC.  It is very informative, filled with gorgeous photos and I love how she explains the importance of each ingredient, equipment, etc. and even sites sources of ingredients, etc.  I want to get The Cake Bible as well—some of her cakes in RHC are from TCB and I’ve read that this book is a must-have in a baker’s library.  I’m also pie and pastry challenged and will get her pie and pastry bible as well and see what great pies I could come up with!

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Posted: 25 December 2011 04:20 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I have TCB, TP&PB;, TBB, And RHC. I use all of them and especially use TCB for reference, more complicated techniques and recipes, and also to create my own cakes.  That said, as a beginner, you can’t go wrong with Rose’s Heavenly Cakes. You can learn technique while having specific, guided instruction right down to using a specific type of pan. The photographs let you know what the finished product should look like, and even the simples cakes, like the chocolate banana stud cake look magnificent. Of course, if you are looking to build your cookbook library with books that are not simply trendy but will stand the test of time, add The Joy of Cooking to the list and then buy them all!

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Posted: 30 December 2011 09:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I bought RHC, and I will be going from the start of the book, to the end of the book, skipping the chocolate cakes. I have other cake books, but this one, is, by far, the best one I own.

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Posted: 14 January 2012 12:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I have 2 of hers & love both of them.  Her Christmas Cookies Book and Rose’s Celebrations.  I hope to pick up more along the way.  They are fantastic.

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