Ace of Cakes (Hardcover) by Goldman, Duff
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Hardcover; Published 10/20/2009; 256 Pages; ISBN 9780061703010
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When Food Network’s “Ace of Cakes,” Chef Duff Goldman, created Charm City Cakes in Baltimore in 2000, he just wanted to make a few cakes for friends and family. As word got out about his uncommon creations, however, he quickly outgrew his home kitchen and two bakeries. Today, Charm City Cakes has grown to a staff of eleven: a ragtag group of musicians, artists, and creative souls with experience in architectural modeling, graphic design, sculpture, painting, DJ-ing, coffee slingin’, performance art, massage therapy, and waitressing.
The Ace of Cakes is an artful celebration that reflects the spirit of the bakery that started it all: a fun, visual, colorful scrapbook infused with Charm City Cakes’ hip record-store-meets-surf-shop-meets-bakery vibe. Each chapter--a visual feast, filled with graffiti-inspired art--will range in topics from a biography of Duff to a breakdown of the business: a typical work week, how the shop runs, tools of the trade, and much more.
The book features an all-star lineup of Charm City’s cakes, from the simple to the complex--those with armatures, supports, structural elements--and describes some of the bakery’s traditional and more unusual techniques, from carving and fondanting, welding, cutting, sawing, and gluing to airbrushing, piping, and sculpting! The Ace of Cakes also offers a behind-the-scenes look at Food Network, with sidebars about pitching, scripting, and editing the show; the motley bakery staff decorators; the most incredible customer stories and requests; and some of Duff’s favorite cake facts, tips, and techniques. And if that’s not enough to get you inspired, take it from Duff: “There are no limits to what we can do here at Charm City Cakes. You dream it, we’ll bake it, you eat it.”
Learned a lot about all those interesting decorators and staff I see on the show!
I bought this book to give as a Christmas gift and read every page and looked at every wonderful picture before I wrapped it. I expected (and got) a beautiful book with lots of pictures of Charm City Cake's awesome cakes but there was so much more than that. All the little mini "biographies" were great and I like that the crew, producers and the rest of the "behind the scenes" gang was included. I am a huge fan of the show and learned some things I did not know. I liked the "fun fact" section of each bio as well as the "favorites." The blueprint of the bakery on the inside front and back covers was cool too. Great book and I know my sister-in-law will be excited Christmas morning!
I think I was expecting pictures of the cakes (bigger pictures that is). Since I love the show and the staff, am looking forward to learning more about each of them.
Love it! I thought the book would have a few pictures, maybe the story of the bakery. Instead it's like a scrapbook or yearbook with personal stories and tons of pictures. So much fun to look at and read.
It was really nice to have a background and experience for everyone in the bakery. They are the ones on a daily basis who help make the bakery what it is. I liked the little thumbnail pictures of the cakes made by the bakery.
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