Jan 27, 2014 | From the kitchen of Rose in Epicurious
Recently, a few of my favorite colleagues and I were interviewed for Oprah's Website on one of my favorite subjects: "Common Dessert Mistakes."
Dec 21, 2011 | From the kitchen of Rose in Web Appearances
My dearest friend Nancy Weber has written a most entertaining and educational article on her visit to me several months ago when I was testing buttercrunch toffee for the new book.
When I learned that Betty Fussell, who also lives in the neighborhood, and is a highly esteemed author and friend, is also a friend of Nancy's, I invited her over to watch the process and taste the results.
Several of you have posted questions about toffee so this is a first rate opportunity to review the key steps. Enjoy! NYCityWoman.com
Mar 19, 2011 | From the kitchen of Rose in Web Appearances
I'm so pleased to learn that UK chef Yotam Ottolenghi has listed my Pie and Pastry BIble as one of his top five cookbooks.
If you are interested is seeing why, and reading the rest of his fascinating interview, click here.
Mar 11, 2011 | From the kitchen of Rose in Web Appearances
Once again, I'm proud to be featured on this wonderful site, this time with recipes from my Bread Bible. Click on Cookstr!
Feb 28, 2011 | From the kitchen of Rose in Announcements
Here's a link to a most useful listing of 40 Coolest Science Blogs for Serious Foodies
Feb 20, 2011 | From the kitchen of Rose in Podcasts
I'm really loving Lisa Yockelson's new blog. It is chock full of personality, information, and exquisite writing. Here are two links in which she featured me in a Q & A and in a Book Review of The Bread Bible.
Lisa's reviews of baking books will make regular appearances on her blog. We can all be grateful that such a brilliant writer and baker is willing to take the time to do in depth reviews of others' baking books. This will prove invaluable.
Dec 23, 2010 | From the kitchen of Rose in Announcements
Tara Snyder has just published a very useful article on her blog in which I'm proud to be featured. She has researched and given links to several different categories of bread baking including gluten free.
Included at the bottom of this article, and also dear to my heart, is a list of knitting and crochet blogs! I think fellow blogger "knitty baker" has something going here. There is a strong connection between bakers and crafts people. Has anyone written a book yet called crafting bread? How about crafting cake? Love it!
Dec 20, 2010 | From the kitchen of Rose in Web Appearances
My dearest friend and former high school classmate June LeBell, also former host of WQXR, wrote this delightful posting which I'd like to share with you!
If you'd like to read the foreword that I wrote for her book the Kitchen Classics, click on continue reading. Sadly, this book is out of print but you can still find copies on Amazon occasionally. It is a treasure!
Dec 14, 2010 | From the kitchen of Rose in Book Review
Great to know that college students are baking and from Rose's Heavenly Cakes no less! This bodes well for the next generation. Click here for details.
Dec 06, 2010 | From the kitchen of Rose in Web Appearances
William Morrow, publisher of The Cake Bible and Rose's Christmas Cookies has a terrific website! I'm the guest of the month talking about my favorite ingredient--guess which! Click here and you'll find out.
I also offer a recipe from The Cake Bible that has become my signature cake.
Nov 09, 2010 | From the kitchen of Rose in Web Appearances
Recently, I was most honored that Madhur Jaffrey, when interviewed for this site, chose one of my books (The Cake BIble) as one of her top 5. Now it was my turn to list my top 5 and though I adore Madhur's books, I don't do Indian cooking on a weekly basis, though it is my favorite cuisine. Therefore, the books I listed were the 5 that through the years I have used the most often. If you're interested to know which these are, click on the link!
Jul 06, 2010 | From the kitchen of Rose in Web Appearances
My wonderful friend and owner of The Vanilla.COMpany has just posted a delightful review. Here's the link!
Jun 08, 2010 | From the kitchen of Rose in Web Appearances
Just posted: Please click on Baking Recipes.
May 27, 2010 | From the kitchen of Rose in Announcements
This is a great site you should know about which offers both author profiles and recipes. Check out Cookstr.com.
May 09, 2010 | From the kitchen of Rose in Publications
I haven't heard from my old friend Cornelius O'Donnell for many years now but what a way to hear from him now! This was send by another dear old friend, Blake Swihart (whom I always think of as 'sweetheart'.
Neal's Meals, early May 2010
The Diva of Desserts does it Again
I often listen to a couple of classical music programs on FM radio. And both have hosts that are - to put name on it - gushy. And the delivery of one weekday announced is downright breathless. These guys feel that way about Brahms, Beethoven, and Bach. I feel that way about great food and food writing. So humor me and let me gush it up in describing a new cook book.
The "Diva" in question is Rose Levy Beranbaum, and anyone who likes to bake, or would like to learn to bake, should run to the bookstore and order most all of Rose's nine books. You may know her first book - The Cake Bible - published in 1988 and named the Cookbook of the Year by the International Association of Food Professionals, a group I once was part of. Then came Christmas Cookies (a James Beard Foundation Award Winner in '98). The indefatigable Rose also produced The Pie and Pastry Bible in 1998.
More recently, praise was heaped on her 2003 Bread Bible. (I'm pretty sure she was the instigator of all the "Bible" cookbooks that others have published, for better and worse, in the last several years.)
Rose's Heavenly Cakes
Not content to rest on her laurels, Heavenly Cakes was published last year just in time to qualify for the 2009 book awards. You guessed it; the new book again won the IACP "Book of the Year." And when you pick up a copy it's easy to see why. There is no question that "Heavenly" will join the "Bible" in that pantheon of books that become instant classics. Gush. Gush.
I was impressed with the almost four pages of "Acknowledgements," including a photo of her associate Woody Wolston who painstakingly tested and retested the recipes. You really get the sense of confidence in using the recipes. Baking is so rewarding when your creation comes out perfectly. But it's one aspect of cooking that requires precise measurements. A half teaspoon too much or too little and you might have a dud instead of a delight.
I like the way the recipes are written and the feeling that Rose is beside you guiding you to perfection. Incidentally for you scientifically minded cooks, ingredients are listed by volume AND weight - in both grams AND ounces.
Add the valuable sections on the nuts and bolts of baking: special effects and techniques, ingredients and sources, equipment etc. Gush. But I caution that you'd best have ample counter space or one of those cookbook holders. This is a large format book, heavy enough to be a doorstop, and almost 500 pages long.
Restraint and Elegance
Have you seen those cake-making competitions on the tube? Zany, improbable, and wobbly-fragile creations are (maybe) fascinating to watch, but get real. What home cooks want - unless I'm nuts - is to produce desserts that are simple, attractive, and most of all tasty. And this is the time of year when cakes can celebrate graduations, anniversaries, birthdays, reunions, and weddings. The book has some stunning and doable wedding cake ideas. None of the Styrofoam layers and plastic pillars for our Rose, eh Hyacinth?
Turn the pages of the book and start by reading "Rose's Rules of Cake Baking;" no long treatise, just succinct and practical advice. Then come the recipes divided into sections: Butter and Oil Cakes; Sponge Cakes; Mostly Flourless and Cheesecakes; adorable Baby Cakes; and those wedding cakes.
While I was sorely tempted to give you a sample of such delights as the Red Fruit Shortcake in anticipation of our fresh fruit season to come, it is too long for this space. Likewise the No-Bake Whipped Cream Cheesecake, Heavenly Coconut Seduction Cake (a precursor of the wedding cakes, perhaps?), Lemon Meringue Cake, Chocolate Streusel Coffee Cake, and even the two trifles so beautifully photographed. And while I've made and loved Rose's signature Lemon Poppy Seed Sour-Cream Cake, let's try the Whipped Cream Cake. It's simple, suitable for many occasions, and a perfect foil for a few fresh berries to garnish the plate.
May 03, 2010 | From the kitchen of Rose in Web Appearances
My recipe posted on David Leite's blog leitesculinaria while I was away (his beautiful book, The New Portuguese Table, also won an IACP award for best first book). Here is the posting and recipe now for those of you who may not have my new book Rose's Heavenly Cakes!
Jan 28, 2010 | From the kitchen of Rose in Web Appearances
Andrew has a great new site called cookbooker. Click here for the Q & A we did this week!
Dec 20, 2009 | From the kitchen of Rose in Web Appearances
Food writer Jeff Houck runs an annual fruitcake haiku contest in the Tampa Tribune. This year, I got to be the judge! Thought you'd all enjoy some of the hilarious submissions.
On another note, be sure to check the blog this Thursday for an inspiring Christmas photo from Hope!
Nov 16, 2009 | From the kitchen of Rose in Web Appearances
I'm delighted to share a new link with you where you will find tons of recipes from many of my favorite colleagues. Here's the link to mine:
Nov 10, 2009 | From the kitchen of Rose in Web Appearances
This review is dear to my heart, not just because it is so well written, but because through it I discovered that the author, Juliette Rossant, author, journalist, and poet, is the daughter of the renowned food author and journalist Colette Rossant, and also the renowned architect James Rossant.
Colette and I met over 21 years ago on a culinary trip to Japan. As a result of this trip Colette wrote a book on Japanese/French fusion cuisine and I wrote my first article for the New York Times on eating desserts in Tokyo. What a great treat to be acquainted with her daughter through the internet.
Oct 26, 2009 | From the kitchen of Rose in Web Appearances
Jenifer Lang, who together with her husband George Lang owned the famed New York restaurant Café des Artistes, is now writing a web column for a stylish new blog 212DressingRoom.
The blog describes itself as "...fuses fashion culture, art and commerce from a New York City perspective for the progressively minded fashion and design community."
Jenifer has just posted this review which is so brilliantly written and such a perfect commentary on today's cookbook scene (or should I say situation?!) that I am sharing it here with this link:
Jun 26, 2009 | From the kitchen of Rose in Web Appearances
Please click on the link to find some useful information on using whole wheat flour in baking.
Feb 04, 2009 | From the kitchen of Rose in Bread
Here it is: all the basic techniques, ingredients, equipment, and recipes for bread baking. I worked with Epicurious for many months to create this useful primer. It just launched today and I couldn't wait to share it with all of you.
If you're new to bread baking. this primer will give you a great jump start. If you're already a pro you may learn a few new tricks and recipes.
Nov 20, 2008 | From the kitchen of Rose in Web Appearances
Dan Lepard, of the Guardian in London, has put together an impressive offering of baking tips from some of my favorite bakers around the world and others whom I'd love to get to know as well! The link to his site is at the very end of this posting.
Here's what he wrote to me:
"I thought I'd email with some good news, especially with all the bleakness in the world today. I've been thinking, what can I do that's helpful and doesn't cost everyone something? So from Thursday, 20th November, at Guardian Online I've put together an exclusive list of baking tips straight to you from the great bakers of the world:
Shirley O. Corriher
Rose Levy Beranbaum
Australia & New Zealand
Apr 17, 2008 | From the kitchen of Rose in Announcements
I was asked by Roxanne Webber of chow.com to offer my opinionas to the suitability of beans as pie weights and whether they remain edible after baking. If you are interested in my response click on this link: http://www.chow.com/stories/11054 I can promise you will be pleasantly surprised!
Jan 31, 2008 | From the kitchen of Rose in Web Appearances
Hector has done a heroic and magnificent job of editing the video tape of my presentation on flour for the NYU Experimental Cuisine Collaborative. It was really a labor of love and he did it for all of you who could not be there and expressed regret at not being able to hear and see it. Now thanks to him you can do both. And thanks to Woody for manning the camera between prepping the cake samples--all those great zooms are his doing!
You can see the video file here: http://www.realbakingwithrose.com/RoseECC.mov (it's 150 MB, a very big download).
Photos and another copy of the same video are available on Hector's site: http://www.hectorwong.com/roselevy/ECC/index.html
Jun 14, 2006 | From the kitchen of Rose in Web Appearances
I was interviewed recently for a podcast just in time for the June wedding season. The interviewer was delightful, asking questions that ranged from technical, to practical, to fanciful in which I had the chance to tell about the cake I made and transported to Westport Ct., to appear both for my niece Joan Beranbaum's wedding and in Martha Stewart's wedding cake book!
For fascinating lore on weddings and traditions through the ages, be sure to listen to the second interview with Nicolas Fletcher, author of "Charlemagne's Table" on the same podcast, immediately following mine.
Feb 28, 2006 | From the kitchen of Rose in Web Appearances
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May 2006: Kuhn Rikon interviews Rose - www.kuhnrikon.com
March 2006: Three Layer Cake interview -
December 2004: Favorite Lemon Butter Bar recipe -
November 2003: Chef in Residence on Patricia Rain's website - www.vanilla.com
October 2003: article on Marcy Goldman’s website - www.betterbaking.com
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