The Secret Lives of Baked Goods: Sweet Stories & Recipes for America's Favorite Desserts (Hardcover)
Have you ever wondered where the ideas for baking red velvet cupcakes, brownies, birthday cake, Girl Scout cookies, and other dessert recipes came from? Discover the history behind America's most popular and nostalgic desserts with popular CakeSpy blogger and self-proclaimed "dessert detective" Jessie Oleson Moore. Moore has put her sweet-sleuthing skills to work uncovering the fascinating histories and tastiest recipes for America's favorite sweets, including whoopee pies, chocolate chip cookies, Baked Alaska, and New York cheesecake. From romantic musings on how desserts got their names to sugar-fueled scandals, these classic recipes and photographs are guaranteed to offer food for thought and leave you with plenty of room for dessert.
About the Author
Jessie Oleson is the founder of the uber-popular blog, CakeSpy.com, which bills itself as a Dessert Detective Agency dedicated to seeking sweetness (literally) in everyday life. An accomplished cake anthropologist, she documents bakery finds around the United States, conducts baking experiments, posts recipes, picks the brains of bakers and food artists in interviews, and generally explores the lure and lore of baked goods on her site. Oleson is a freelance writer and illustrator whose writing has appeared on DailyCandy.com, and she has a weekly column on Serious Eats. She has illustrated for various companies, including Microsoft, iPop, All-Mighty, Taylored Expressions, and is a regular contributor to Taste of Home. She is also the founder of CakeSpy Shop, a Seattle art boutique primarily featuring her greeting cards and artwork; she currently divides her time between the East and West coasts, and eats sweetly everywhere in-between. The author lives in Seattle, WA.
Praise for The Secret Lives of Baked Goods: Sweet Stories & Recipes for America's Favorite Desserts…
"This delightful collection from Moore (Cakespy Presents Sweet Treats for a Sugar-Filled Life) revivifies 40 dessert classics by sharing tales—some true, others fabulous—about them. ...'No ifs, ands, or bundts,' the result is a winning combination that's as informative as it is practical, making this a terrific choice for would-be bakers as well as food obsessives."
"I've always considered carrot cake a sort of health food. It's so comforting to know that a version of carrot cake has been hopping around the globe since medieval times. This book is full of heart, history, and classic recipes. Jessie has found a way to thoughtfully infuse whimsy stories with cakes and pie. Secret Lives of Baked Goods has found permanent home on my kitchen bookshelf."
Joy the Baker
"This gem of a book kept me smiling the entire way through with historical quips, urban legends and little-known facts of your favorite sweets! Jessie's delightful storytelling gives fantastical life to her tried and true recipes."
Jaden Hair, Steamy Kitchen
"This is the kind of book I want curl up on the couch with and read all afternoon. The histories of these familiar and much-loved desserts are fascinating. ... I just love this stuff! The recipes themselves are classically classic. Jessie Oleson Moore has done her research and tested each of these recipes to perfection. They're not the 'original' recipes (because, as Moore would be quick to point out, what is really original anyways?) — rather, these recipes are the best version of what they've evolved to be. The kind of chocolate chip cookies that we crave after a long day. The kind of carrot cake we want to serve on Mother's Day. The kind of apple pie that tastes like home."
"Jessie Oleson Moore—she of the adorable anthropomorphized cupcake art at the CakeSpy blog and online store—has written a totally sweet history book. It's also a cookbook, and you'll find good recipes right alongside short biographies of desserts like Boston Cream Pie, Joe Froggers and Tunnel of Fudge Cake... The photos, by Clare Barboza, are absolutely delectable, and very few of the projects included are any more complex than that good ol' American apple pie..."
"Ever wonder why we put candles on a birthday cake or the difference between a blondie and a brownie? Maybe there are answers to something you didn't even know to ask like why is the pecan pie more American then the traditional apple pie? Not only is this book a wealth of information, but it also includes a recipe for each baked good discussed, so you can see what all the fuss is about. The Secret Lives of Baked Goods is a very thoughtful and in depth look at the baked goods that everyone knows and loves and maybe even a few you didn't know about."
"While not a history textbook, The Secret Lives of Baked Goods is full of surprising facts and intriguing details behind everything from Baked Alaska to Whoopie Pies."
Jameson Fink, Wine without Worry
"In a feat of ethno-baking, this second cookbook for CakeSpy’s self-professed 'dessert detective' brings us over 40 sweet recipes and their backstories. Did you know that the Hermit were the most popular cookie during the Gold Rush? Or that Queen Elizabeth I was the first champion behind gingerbread men? Random confectionary factoids precede recipes for everything from classic cookies and pies to rare and curiously named desserts."