The Messy Baker by Charmian Christie

The Messy Baker by Charmian Christie

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The Messy Baker by Charmian Christie is a cookbook that is sure to delight both the novice cook and the experienced chef. This book includes useful tips within its quirky and colourful pages. The recipes contained within are simple and classic, which makes this an instant go-to family cookbook.

The Messy Baker by Charmian ChristieTitle: The Messy Baker
Author: Charmian Christie
Publisher: Rodale
Genres: Cookbook, Lifestyle
Publication Date: August 26, 2015
Rating: five-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

A celebration of real baking in all its messy, boisterous, and delicious glory

Since when did every cookie on the plate have to be just like the next? Or each layer of cake exactly the same height? Each piecrust an impeccable work of art and encircled by stunningly perfect pastry leaves? To the uninitiated, all that fastidious, spotless baking is intimidating, not to mention exhausting. The Messy Baker celebrates baking as it happens in the real world—sweet, messy, fun, not always gorgeous, but a way to show love. Which doesn't make it any less delicious; to the contrary, Charmian's flavor combinations rise far above the ordinary. Why have a raspberry galette when you can enjoy a raspberry-rhubarb galette with drippy, unctuous walnut frangipane? Or brie and walnut whisky tart? All without the rigid perfectionism or complicated instructions of other gourmet cookbooks.

Charmian's warm, irreverent voice brings the fun back into baking at a time when home cooks—pulled from pillar to post by jobs and errands—need to have fun. The Messy Baker is a full service book that not only guides the reader through simple, delicious recipes, but is also there to help out when things wrong. For anyone who has given up in frustration when that crust has collapsed or the frosting smears, Christie's warm, practical advice is here to rescue even the worst disaster and inspire bakers to try their next recipe.


❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review: The Messy Baker by CHarmian Christie

❀ Gorgeous Layout

One of the biggest draws for me when opening a recipe book is its layout and design. The photographs in The Messy Baker are absolutely gorgeous, leaving one to drool over the many deliciously depicted treats. Also, the sections are divided into different styles of food, as opposed to main dishes, desserts and sides. For example, foods that are crumbly, smudgy and drippy are sectioned into different groups, giving this book a real sense of fun and whimsy.

The Messy Baker Charmian Christie

❀ Lots of tips and tricks

I absolutely adore the multitude of tips and cooking techniques that Charmian Christie has included in The Messy Baker. There is a detailed introduction and basic tips at the beginning of the book and a very comprehensive appendix that includes all kinds of tricks and conversions. I am certain that I will be referring back to these tips for years to come!

The Messy Baker Chairman Christie

❀ Simple Ingredients

Many of the recipes in this cookbook are simple and use ingredients that are typically on hand in many kitchens. I loved assembling the Boozy Chocolate Torte, Chewy Crystallized Ginger Cookies and the Either Way Marinara Sauce. Each recipe was detailed, effortless and tasty.

the Messy Baker Chairman Christie

❀ a Whimsical Cookbook

The Messy Baker by Charmian Christie is a cookbook that I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a beautiful, whimsical cookbook that includes recipes that are simple to make. This is going to be one book that is going to fill many stockings in my house this year!


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5 thoughts on “The Messy Baker by Charmian Christie

  1. Jaime Lynn says:

    Aside from reading, cooking and baking are two of my biggest passions. My husband and I both really love it, and we are always looking for new recipes. This looks like a fun book with awesome recipes to try out! I am going to have to check it out!

  2. Julie Waldron says:

    I love cookbooks and baking 🙂 Thanks for the review, I’ll have to check this out. I like that it has simple recipes.

  3. Lori Smanski says:

    thanks for your review. such a pretty cover. I am the oldest of five (three boys in between us two girls) so it seemed like mom was always cooking. and she said many times it was not what it looked liked, it was what it tasted like that mattered. of course my 3 brothers really didnt care. As long as it was edible and tasted good

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