I remember being fascinated with The Cake Bible as a kid, Rose Levy Berenbaum’s . . . well, cake bible. The title sort of says it all. Anyhow, I “read” the pictures of the beautiful cakes again and again – I read the recipes, too, but I was only eight so I couldn’t really translate from a recipe on the page into what it might taste like. I did reprise her idea for a spun sugar cage, from what turned out to be very imprecise memory, to make my contribution to the Black Fly Pie contest this year. Clearly the book stuck with me.
I first got hooked on the Big Dish cookbook from this Publisher’s Weekly article “DigIn – Four Wild Recipes” – so I’d recommend the article for reading first and then the book itself. Enjoy.