American Cake: From Colonial Gingerbread to Classic Layer, the Stories and Recipes Behind More Than 125 of Our Best-Loved Cakes

American Cake From Colonial Gingerbread to Classic Layer the Stories and Recipes Behind More Than of Our Best Loved Cakes Cakes have become an icon of American cultureand a window to understanding ourselves Be they vanilla lemon ginger chocolate cinnamon boozy Bundt layered marbled even checkerboard they are etc

  • Title: American Cake: From Colonial Gingerbread to Classic Layer, the Stories and Recipes Behind More Than 125 of Our Best-Loved Cakes
  • Author: Anne Byrn
  • ISBN: 9781623365431
  • Page: 175
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Cakes have become an icon of American cultureand a window to understanding ourselves Be they vanilla, lemon, ginger, chocolate, cinnamon, boozy, Bundt, layered, marbled, even checkerboard they are etched in our psyche Cakes relate to our lives, heritage, and hometowns And as we look at the evolution of cakes in America, we see the evolution of our history cakes changeCakes have become an icon of American cultureand a window to understanding ourselves Be they vanilla, lemon, ginger, chocolate, cinnamon, boozy, Bundt, layered, marbled, even checkerboard they are etched in our psyche Cakes relate to our lives, heritage, and hometowns And as we look at the evolution of cakes in America, we see the evolution of our history cakes changed with waves of immigrants landing on ourshores, with the availability and scarcity of ingredients, with cultural trends and with political developments In her new book American Cake, Anne Byrn creator of the New York Times bestselling series The Cake Mix Doctor will explore this delicious evolution and teach us cake making techniques from across the centuries, all modernized for today s home cooks.Anne wonders and answers for us why devil s food cake is not red in color, how the Southern delicacy known as Japanese Fruit Cake could be so named when there appears to be nothing Japanese about the recipe, and how Depression era cooks managed to bake cakes without eggs, milk, and butter Who invented the flourless chocolate cake, the St Louis gooey butter cake, the Tunnel of Fudge cake Were these now legendary recipes mishaps thanks to a lapse of memory, frugality, or being too lazy to run to the store for flour Join Anne for this delicious coast to coast journey and savor our nation s history of cake baking From the dark, moist gingerbread and blueberry cakes of New England and the elegant English style pound cake of Virginia to the hard scrabble apple stack cake home to Appalachia and the slow drawl, Deep South Lady Balti Cake, you will learn the stories behind your favorite cakes and how to bake them.

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    1. Part history book and part cookbook, this book was tailor made just for me. I love history and experimenting with historical baking. I eagerly read the notes on the history of certain American cakes and how they evolved from European confections to American comfort foods and back and forth. Sometimes I questioned the author's research, certain that a type of cake existed earlier but she did more research than I could hope to do right now so I suppose the information is correct. I was especially [...]

    2. I've taken it upon myself to bake my way through history this summer. So, American Cake has been a treat. The recipes in this book vary in level of skill, but I can attest that they are all accessible if you follow them without exception. Regardless of the recipe, how can you not fall in love with the historical stories that accompany? If necessity is the mother of invention, you're going to love the story behind Byrn's Angel Food Cake. Is it sheath or sheet? Who caresat Texas Sheet Cake is so e [...]

    3. I first learned of this book from a history podcast so I thought it was going to be much better than it was. I think this is probably a good book for cake recipes. I think. I haven't tried any recipes from it, but they seem right on the surface. I recommend going in for the recipes and ignoring the history. It's called American Cake but it really should be called Middle Class, Whitewashed American Cake. I didn't keep notes as I read but there are basically a couple patronizing mentions of the co [...]

    4. I read about this on Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. This is a delightful, readable history of the cake in the United States. Included are tidbits about the rise (pun intended) of chemical leavings, history of cooking tools, and the history of cakes. Charming, mouthwatering, and interesting. So many cakes, so little time!

    5. I loved this cake cookbook for both the fascinating history of American baking, the wide range of cake recipes, the gorgeous and tempting photos of most recipes and the detailed recipes themselves. I can't wait to start baking!

    6. I thought this book was very interesting (and so appealing visually). There are so many recipes I want to try in this book, and most seemed reasonably easy to make. There are definitely cakes that take a lot more skill than others, but with the full-page photos for a lot of the cakes, the trouble all seems worthwhile! Plus, being a history major once upon a time, I loved the historical notes that accompanies each recipe. A history of the US through the cakes baked and shared, and told in small e [...]

    7. The introduction to this book was extremely cringe-worthy and ignorant, so you could say it was also very American. I would really love a book very much like this with the interesting histories of recipes and beautiful pictures, but a much more progressive grasp of American history and culture. I know the 4 stars looks bad paired with this review -- but damn, the photos were beautiful, and I feel like I learned a lot about the history of the chemistry of cake.

    8. Okay, this is basically a recipe book and I didn't read the recipes, but I enjoyed the historical notes about the cakes. It makes you think about things you otherwise wouldn't, like, who thought of putting ashes in cake batter to make it rise? How did people bake before oven thermometers? Interesting stuff.

    9. More than a cookbook, American Cake delves into the history of cakes in America's dessert culture, from New England gingerbread to California's orange and olive oil cake (which I'm curious to try). This was so much more than what I expected, having read several of Byrn's cookbooks. All in all, a lovely take on cake. :)

    10. Want to learn American history in a new and interesting way? Read Anne Byrn's delicious book and be educated. From election cakes, to the arrival of flaked coconut; from the railroads that sped ingredients to places all around the country to the Depression that forced cooks to make cakes as inexpensively as possible; from the elegant French cakes of the 1960s to the "culinary melting pot" cakes of today- it's all here. And by that I mean not just cakes, but a novel look at how our country has gr [...]

    11. I loved this book and recommend it for anyone who not only loves to bake and create, but is interested in the history behind a recipe. In this case we are exploring cakes, including filling and frosting recipes. For instance, ever wonder why the Boston Cream Pie is called a "pie" and not a "cake"? Because in our more frugal days homemakers had one pan and it was used for pies AND cakes. Simple as that. Or how about the apple stack cake which is of southern heritage. In my grandmother's day, it w [...]

    12. I picked this book up the library only because there was a cake on the cover and I'm always on the lookout for dessert porn!Imagine my surprise that the beautiful pics came with a side of historical anecdotes, including Presidential trivia, how cookbooks evolved and brief explanations on some famous names associated with baking like Tupperware and Fannie Farmer. If there's one thing I enjoy almost as much (but not as much as sweets), its American history.My only beef is too much fruitcake and no [...]

    13. The recipes look delicious and I loved the history tidbits about all the different cakes, but I felt like the organization was not what I had expected. This is very much a cookbook with some snippets of history is not a nonfiction book about the history of American cake with some recipes sprinkled in. Also, the ebook version does not have an index/table of contents of the cakes, which means you have to turn to the chapter and then find each cake within the chapter, which is extremely annoying gi [...]

    14. Read it. Or, more accurately, I read all the non-recipe portions and skimmed the recipes. I cannot say how it works as a cookbook, but I enjoyed learning the history of the various cakes and some of the pans and kitchen appliances as well. I was surprised by the large number of cakes containing lots of spices and lemon. So many cakes that I would just think of as spice cakes in the early days of the nation.

    15. More than a cookbook, an interesting culinary history. I didn't know baking powder was such a recent invention!

    16. I heard great things about this book, so I decided to buy it for our daughter who is a fabulous baker and who LOVES cake. When it arrived, I browsed through it and found it so fascinating that I decided I needed to read it first before giving it away. This is a fantastic book! First of all, the photographs are gorgeous, and every cake is displayed in such an artistic, appealing way. Do not read this book on an empty stomach! You'll wish that you could try every cake.Anyway, I'm not much of a bak [...]

    17. This is a fun book.  If you love history and you have any interest in cake you should read this.  Byrn goes through the American history of baking taking one cake at a time going chronologically as they appear in history.  This includes all the ingredients and measurements used or available at the time.  We take for granted what we have access to, but most of the recipes here are written out of necessity and what was available at the time.  Byrn goes through sweeteners, add ins, such as coc [...]

    18. If I were 25 years younger, I would buy this cookbook and attempt to make most of the cakes. Is pink champagne even available any more?This beautiful, lavishly photographer book is a history of cakes in America from Colonial times until today. It also offers little fun fact to know and tell that add to Ann Byrn's book. I pulled out a few recipes to try like the Fruit Cocktail Cake and the California Orange and Olive Oil cake, however, I'm wistful there aren't enough good baking years left in my [...]

    19. a silly fairy tale from a shallow documented author just to dress some commonly found recipes with too much sugar. the theme has a good potential, yet the end result in this case is junk. on one page the author flaunts the knowledge of various european nationals emigrating to America, only to state a few pages later how the immigrants relied on english cook books. the oral tradition is excluded in a place where illiteracy was common and, as with any White power text, the natives are completely i [...]

    20. Er. Mer. Gawd. This book IMMEDIATELY went into my cart. Forget the cake recipes that were simple-ish to make and well laid out. This book was just fun in its lay out and content. Compete with historical on why cakes were popular at a certain period in time and ingredients changed over time. I loved the cake popularity by US President. It was just a FUN cookbook and very creative.

    21. I don't tend to put cookbooks in my as I don't read them cover to cover. I'm including American Cake because it's the first cookbook in a while I have cooked several recipes from (with many more I would like to try), and I have loved every recipe so far! The coconut layer cake is incredible!

    22. The history is only so-so, but he cakes are AMAZING!! I made 2 before I even finished reading. And you just can't beat Byrn's folksy voice and spit-on recipe writing!! She is the best--even with no mix in sight.

    23. This is a marvelous cookbook that you can sit down and read like a regular book. It's packed full of beautiful pictures and fascinating cultural history, personal stories, and even a little chemistry. I can't wait to try out baking all these magnificent cakes!!

    24. at points she repeats things but it is a cookbook.wish there were photos to go along with the cake pans section.

    25. Thanks to the Missed in History podcast for recommending this gorgeous book. Fascinating insights into social and cultural history, and all the cakes I've made so far have turned out great!

    26. Whether or not I will be making tons of cakes out of this cookbook, the facts presented and the beautiful history of US baking was really exciting for me to learn and read. Loved this!

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