by Sybill PrattNovember, 2003
The baking season
Our bread basket runneth over and our cookie jar explodeth! There's a wonderful new batch of baking books this fall, great for the holiday season both as gifts and as guides for making everything from bagels, boules and baguettes to pies, pain au chocolat, panettone and so much more. Culinary curiosity has taken award-winning cookbook authors Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid to the four corners of the earth. Home Baking: Sweet and Savory Traditions From Around the World, their latest, gloriously illustrated collection of unusually enticing recipes, extends the boundaries of "home baking." Included are twisted, golden Ukrainian Christmas Bread, Vietnamese Bread Pudding made rich with coconut milk, Olive Panini from the heel of Italy, Greek Biscotti with Wine and Spices, as well as Naomi's grandmother's Treacle Tart and Jeffrey's mother's Buttermilk Fruit Cake. A joy to cook from, to read and to look through.