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  • Published: 15 November 2013
  • ISBN: 9780224095563
  • Imprint: Square Peg
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $45.00

Great British Bakes

Forgotten treasures for modern bakers

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Simple recipes for cakes, biscuits, pies, puddings and desserts that celebrate Britain's glorious baking heritage, from Great Birtish Bake Off favourite, Mary-Anne Boermans

*Winner of the Guild of Food Writers First Book Award 2014*

Food writer and baker extraordinaire Mary-Anne Boermans has delved into the UK’s fine baking history to rediscover the long-forgotten recipes of our past. These are recipes that fill a cook with confidence, honed and perfected over centuries and lovingly adapted for use in 21st-century kitchens.

Here you will find such tempting delights as Welsh Honey Cake, Lace Meringues, Rich Orange Tart, Butter Buns, Pearl Biscuits and Chocolate Meringue Pie. They are triple-tested recipes that do not rely on processed, pre-packaged ingredients and they are all delicious. And Mary-Anne reveals the stories behind the bakes, with tales of escaped princes, hungry politicians and royal days out to sample the delicacies of Britain’s historic bakeries.

This very special collection sits confidently among the best of British cookery writing, with recipes that have stood the test of time and that will both surprise and delight for years to come.

  • Pub date: 15 November 2013
  • ISBN: 9780224095563
  • Imprint: Square Peg
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $45.00

About the Author

Mary-Anne Boermans

Mary-Anne Boermans was a finalist in the 2011 series of The Great British Bake Off and is now a successful food writer. She has been cooking and baking for more than 40 years. She is passionate about home cooking and has amassed a library of almost 1000 cookery books, with an emphasis on traditional British recipes. Her first book, Great British Bakes, won the guild of Food Writers First Book Award 2014. She lives in Worcestershire with her husband and daughter.

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Praise for Great British Bakes

“Brilliantly researched from a true foodie”

Mary Berry

“A totally delightful and original book”

Food Book of the Week, Daily Mail

“A book that’s as fascinating to read as it is to bake from”

Erica Wagner, Financial Times

“An immaculately researched and fascinating book which would be a worthwhile addition to any cookery book shelf”

Mark Whitley, Countryman

“An inspired collection”

Daily Telegraph Top 10 Cookbooks for Christmas

“A combination of beautiful recipes and intelligent writing (think Claudia Roden, Diana Henry, Nigel Slater et al) ... a very special collection that would make an excellent gift ... grown-up and classy”

Anne Shooter, Daily Mail online

“A wonderful book of historical recipes ... one to take home for a closer read”

Sainsbury's Magazine blog

“This book has some very surprising things in it. Possibly the most interesting baking book of the year? ... This one's a keeper”

Catherine Phipps

“There is a new Queen of Cakes ... [Mary-Anne] epitomises all that is great about GBBO with a passion and enthusiasm for British baking that is enough to fill up her fantastic new cookbook ... succeeds in bringing baking history to life while making it completely accessible for the 21st century baker”

Culinaria Libris

“A clever little book which gives recipes for all sorts of yummy things such as chocolate meringue pie and honeycomb gingerbread and the date they were conceived”

Samuel Muston, The Independent

“One of the most original and exceptional bakers I have encountered on the The Great British Bake Off … an impeccably researched and fabulously eclectic book”

Sue Perkins

“The maverick of the competition. Her technical ability and experimental methods make her stand out”

Daily Mail

“A really interesting collection of long-forgotten recipes, lovingly adapted for modern-day kitchens. Mary-Anne's passion for these recipes really comes across in this delightful book”

Choice Magazine

“Wonderful variations and designs”

The Simple Things

“If you fancy some old-time food cooked without preservatives and laced with a liberal dollop of history, then this is the book for you”

Good Book Guide

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