FBC Member Charmian Christie has just published her first cookbook, The Messy Baker, and we are thrilled to be able to offer up two copies in a giveaway, courtesy of Charmian and Harper Collins!
If anyone understands the challenges bloggers face creating and testing recipes in small apartment kitchens or without a stand mixer or a candy thermometer or without the fanciest or obscurest ingredients, it's fellow blogger and FBC Member Charmian Christie. This is a woman who has created an app called "Kitchen Disasters and How To Fix Them". In other words... she gets it. We're not all baking in fancy test kitchens or with the highest quality tools or ingredients. We're just trying to make a tasty batch of cookies!
Enter Charmian's first book, The Messy Baker. As the publisher's note state:
The Messy Baker is an antidote to the precious perfectionism of today’s baking, where every cookie on the plate is just like the next, each layer of cake is exactly the same height, and impeccably scalloped pie crusts dare you to cut into them. To the uninitiated, all this fastidious, spotless baking is intimidating. The rest of us, out here in the real world, cook and bake in space-challenged kitchens where floors aren’t always waxed and there’s cat hair to consider. Lopsided cookies and interestingly-shaped pies are the norm, and, in The Messy Baker, they are celebrated. Recipes here are down to earth, incredibly delicious and often rather pretty. In chapters with names such as “Smudgy,” “Crumbly,” “Flaky” and “Drippy,” The Messy Baker redefines perfection, on achievable terms.
From our perspective?
The book is a stunner. Beautifully photographed by well known Canadian food photographer Ryan Szulc, messy never looked so lovely. The photography and food styling are perfectly complemented by great graphic design.
But the best part is Charmian's writing. If you have ever read her blog (also called The Messy Baker), then you know that Charmian has a gift with the written word. She takes the intimidation out of being in the kitchen with her easy to read instructions and personable notes. The beginning of the book includes The Messy Manifesto and a full section titled The Basics. The Basics contains easy to follow guides on tools, equipment and the scoop on important ingredients. You'll be tackling pastry in no time flat.
With a mix of sweet and savoury recipes in each chapter, and recipes that let you know what your "commitment level" will be, there will be something for everyone. Personally, we can't wait to try the Blueberry Lime Cornmeal Muffins and the Not-Too Spicy Roasted Cauliflower. And maybe the Herb, Olive and Parmesan Biscotti... and, well... ok... everything in the Dippable section.
The Messy Baker Giveaway
And thanks to Harper Collins and Charmian, we have two brand new copies to give away. The deadline to enter is September 12th. Entry is only open to those living in Canada.
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