Title: My Sweet Kitchen: Recipes for Stylish Cakes, Pies, Cookies, Donuts, Cupcakes and More
Author: Linda Lomelino
Publisher: Roost Books
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
Summary (from Goodreads): The world of desserts has never been more delicious, or more elegantly styled. With Linda Lomelino as your baking muse, your kitchen just got a whole lot sweeter.
With an offset spatula laden with buttercream in one hand and a camera in the other, Linda Lomelino has made her mark as one of the most exciting recipe creators and food photographers in the world. My Sweet Kitchen, Linda’s third cookbook, is bursting with many of her favorite recipes for cookies, cakes, pies, cupcakes, donuts, spoon desserts, and other sweet delights.
Linda’s desserts are renowned for their elegant blend of classic flavor combinations and unexpected style. Along with nearly 50 original recipes, the book also contains three chapters chock-full of tips on how to bake, decorate, style, and photograph your own creations at home.
Linda Lomelino openheartedly shares her secrets for successful baking, telling us what we should always keep in our well-stocked pantries for best results. What should we prioritize when baking complex cakes? Is it best to use a kitchen scale to weigh ingredients? (Hint: “accurate measurements” and “yes”!) With her trademark atmospheric photographs, every recipe in the book comes to life. Linda also shows us how to pipe icing, frost cakes, decorate with edible flowers, style food to be shared (and “liked”) on social media, and even how to tell if we should invest in a new camera to take food photography to the next level. If you have even the slightest sweet tooth, this book will hook you.
I have been baking up a storm these last couple of weeks thanks to Linda Lomelino and her new recipe book, My Sweet Kitchen. I was first drawn to this one for its gorgeous cover and the fact that Lomelino shares some of her photography tips in the book. If you are anything like me, taking pictures for social media or the blog is a struggle. This book is a really useful guide to anyone wishing to learn baking basics and how to capture images of the process with ease in a genuinely kind and forgiving manner.
My Sweet Kitchen is filled with beautiful photos that will make the reader both drool and become excited to get baking and styling. Lomelino walks through some of her photographs in the book and describes in detail the process to go from a good photo to an eye-popping masterpiece. Her method is so laid back and she gives her readers permission to make mistakes, which is comforting to me because I make lots of them! I am not about to say that my pictures are gorgeous, but I do feel as though I have made some improvements with her suggestions.
These yummy blueberry bars have actually become one of my favourite new go-to desserts. They are so easy to make and are basically a tea biscuit with fruit. I have made them a couple of times now and I love that they satisfy my sweet tooth in a simple and quick recipe.
First off, I am going to say that I have never used dulce de leche before and I am a new fan. I have always used basic caramel sauce as a topping for ice cream, but this incredible sauce made from condensed sweetened milk is so decadent. These cookies have a hint of cinnamon, white and dark chocolate as well. The recipe only makes a few cookies, but they are definitely worth the effort. I also used Lomelino’s tips for adding movement in a food picture. The recipe for these is over on her blog, if you would like to give these a try!
These chocolate cupcakes are effortless to create and use ingredients that are typically on hand. While Lomelino provides a wonderful tutorial on how to pipe designs onto cupcakes in the book, this frosting goes on nicely just using a spatula. This recipe is included as an image to view on Amazon, if you are interested in creating these as well.
I most likely won’t become a food photographer and I have only used a smart phone to take these photos, but I do feel as though I have gained a little bit of insight in taking a better picture. To get an idea of what the images in My Sweet Kitchen are like, check out Linda’s stunning Instagram posts.
I’ve linked this post over at Beth Fish Reads Weekend Cooking.