If you’re in one of the many locations experiencing an unprecedented heat wave right now, baking is likely the last thing that appeals. But perhaps you’d be interested in sitting back and armchair judging some bakes a la Paul Hollywood who, it so happens, just released his first cookbook in five years.
With Bake: My Best Ever Recipes for the Classics, the most imposing Great British Bake Off judge puts forth over 80 recipes for classic cakes, cookies, pastries, pies, and more. “I developed these recipes for all types of cooks and bakers, especially someone curious about the ways they can transform what’s ‘classic’ and expand upon recipes that stand the test of time,” he said in an email. And Eater staffers took that claim to task, baking the most American recipes of the bunch. After all, we were skeptical after that brownie challenge.
The results, you’ll see, were mostly positive, and perhaps the book is worth a buy for a future time when baking is more bearable. But if you’re in the mood for recipes for this moment, ones that don’t require turning on the oven, try out this malted milk no-bake cheesecake recipe from Joy Cho. Or for something savory, this recipe for cold soba from Andy Baraghani’s book, The Cook You Want to Be, out now.
The Somewhere Co. picnic blanket, Masienda mug, and the upcoming Menu Design In Europe.
Nonalcholic aperitif brand Ghia has a new canned spritz flavor. Lime & Salt joins ginger and the original rosemary-yuzu flavors, as a summer third option. Ghia calls it “crisp and salty, like a refreshing dip in the Mediterranean.”
Masienda, a brand that specializes Mexican masa and all of the cooking accessories one could need to get into the category, from molinos to tortilla presses, is selling a
coffee collection for the first time. Two bean blends are sourced from Mexico City brand BUNA, and Masienda is stocking a signature mug from Oaxaca studio La Chicharra Cerámica.
- I’m sad to report that this beautiful picnic blanket
from artist-designed towel brand Plunge is already sold out. But if you’re in the market for one, I can personally recommend this The Somewhere Co. blanket from Food 52. It’s cute, eminently portable, and, importantly, I spilled some Champagne on it over the weekend and was able to easily whisk it away without it leaving a mark.
After reading this Strategist recommendation, I’m eyeing the Chantal electric kettle. It’s the rare appliance that you’d be happy to have sitting out on your counter.
- If you read and enjoyed Rafael Tonon’s report on the current trends in menu design, you may be interested in the upcoming coffee table book
Menu Design in Europe: A Visual and Culinary History of Graphic Styles and Design 1800-2000. QR codes have nothing on these early artworks. You can preorder it now from Taschen.
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