Baking is a hobby that I took up a few years ago. How did I get started? Well, as I was growing up my mom would make delicious Asian cuisine but there was one appliance that was never used – the oven. In fact, we used it as an extra storage cabinet for pots and pans.
Seeing how the oven was so neglected, I naturally decided that that was the tool that I would use. You might say I like going against the grain.
My first ever dessert was Rice Crispy Treats that I made for a class party. It didn’t require any baking. I used the microwave to melt the marshmallows and stirred it together with the dried rice. But my classmates were really impressed and that what got the ball rolling.
Cooking is a fun escape from daily life. Moreover, It lets you share your creations with your loved ones. What do you do when you’re really stressed? You bake.
Here are a couple of my favorite cookbooks:
1) The Secrets of Baking by Sherry Yard. Sherry breaks down dessert making into a handful of master recipes. By tinkering with these, you can create an endless variety of desserts. And all of her recipes are top notch. She also pays much attention to small details that do really make a difference. Sherry Yard is currently the executive Pastry Chef at Spago, Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant in Beverly Hills. I hope to visit it and taste her desserts for myself someday.
2) How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman. And he literally shows you how to bake everything from making simple syrup to tasty main courses. Whenever I need a quick and simple recipe, this is the cookbook I turn to first.
3) Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan. This is the newest book in my collection. Dorie has an excellent book of dessert recipes that have been featured in the “Tuesdays with Dorie” Blogging group. I joined them recently and I’m looking forward to baking and exchanging ideas with everyone.