Soulful Baker Book Review

Soulful Baker Book Review

Title: Soulful Baker
Author: Julie Jones
Published: September 21, 2017, Jacqui Small LLP
No. of Pages: 176
Cover Price: $29.99 Hardcover, $16.19 Kindle

Soulful Baker, by Julie Jones, is an absolutely beautiful cookbook. Even for those who aren’t ready to bake immediately, it’s the perfect book to peruse, and dream about creating beautiful food. In her introduction, she tells about her Mum and problems with dementia – how they would bake together and she would be able to see her Mum back in earlier times. Not only can many relate, but it makes the author very human. The best part about this book, however, is the fact that there are recipes for everyone, from beginning bakers to those who have experience. The pictures show how talented the author is – not only in the excellent, mouthwatering recipes she has chosen to include, but also the artistic way she displays the finished products. Truly, there is not even one recipe in this cookbook that readers won’t want to make. The instructions are easy to understand and follow, so each will turn out perfectly.

Jones has included basics like English Muffins, and a bread she calls Trampoline Bread (which she says she makes almost every day) and homemade butter to put on them. Both recipes turn out perfectly, and most of us will find we want to make the Trampoline Bread every day too. I am lazy and have adapted it to my automatic bread machine (just to prepare the dough; I shape it and bake it as she specifies).

Although this cookbook is only 99 pages, it has 99 pages of absolutely incredible recipes. There are enough recipes to keep everyone happily baking for months, and the recipes turn out so beautifully and picture perfect, that most bakers will be repeating their favorites over and over.

For US bakers, it is a good idea to have an accurate digital scale handy so that they can weigh the ingredients, since the measurements are in grams. Most bakers are used to this and it really doesn’t take any longer and insures that the recipes turn out perfectly.

I love this book and plan to purchase several as gifts for my friends and family members who love to bake. The recipes are unique, innovative, beautiful, and delicious. Soulful Baker belongs in every cookbook collection and on the shelf of everyone who likes to create showstopping desserts and baked goods.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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