Episode 28
Thursday, October 11, 2018

The queen of baking books, Rose Levy Beranbaum, on what makes great baking

‚ÄúI like writing the headnotes more than the instructions [for a recipe]. I think writing good instructions is the hardest thing‚ÄĒand really labor-intensive and time-intensive.‚ÄĚ

Today, on the second episode of our Baking Week, we're excited to welcome Rose Levy Beranbaum and her collaborator, Woody Wolston, to SALT + SPINE, the podcast on stories behind cookbooks.

Rose has written a dozen baking books, including the iconic The Cake Bible, first published and 1988 and now in its 55th printing.

Rose went on to produce other iconic works, like The Bread Bible, The Baking Bible, and Rose’s Heavenly Cakes, and now she’s back with her latest, Rose’s Baking Basics.

“I'm an inspirational baker. When I have an idea, I can't wait to do it."

This latest book is true to Rose‚Äôs meticulous attention to detail, and bolstered by step-by-step photos for every recipe, excellent for in Rose‚Äôs words ‚Äúthe occasional baker or the ardent enthusiast.‚ÄĚ And it‚Äôs full of expert tips and science tricks to help you master these recipes.

On this episode of Salt + Spine’s special Baking Week, we sat down with Rose and Woody at the San Francisco’s The Civic Kitchen to talk about some tricks behind great baking, Rose’s collection of best-selling and iconic baking books, and their cookbook influences.

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