Have you noticed a theme this week?  The recipes I have shared with you have both come from Baked New Frontiers in Baking by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito.  I know this seems a little backwards because I already reviewed the authors’ second book Baked Explorations, but I felt that it was necessary to backtrack and compare this first book with it’s much loved sequel.

I have gone a little crazy with the recipes from this book lately.  First I embellished their classic Peanut Butter Cookie recipe to make these Deep-dish Peanut Butter Cookies with M&M Peanut Butter Eggs:

Then I shared one of my new absolute favorites with you.  This Root Beer Chocolate Bundt cake pretty much wraps up the amazing surprises found all throughout this cookbook.

And just yesterday I shared my (embarrassing) obsession with peanut butter chocolate cereal bars by sharing yet another recipe from Baked.  These Peanut Butter Crispy Bars are another perfect example of the Matt and Renato’s twist on a classic.

Maybe you remember my criteria for what makes up a great cookbook.  I love a good story with my recipes.  Baked New Frontiers in Baking begins with a great introduction explaining how the oh-so-popular and successful Baked Coffee Shop and Bakery came into existence in Brooklyn in 2005.  It is a very inspiring story about how two men with established careers in advertising left what they knew behind to create what they hoped would be “the classic American bakery”.  Like many famed bakeries, the entrepreneurs were bombarded with requests for recipes for their cakes and brownies and so they wrote this cookbook to answer some of those requests.

This cookbook includes the recipe for the famous Baked Brownie that has earned the respect of Oprah, the Today Show and America’s Test Kitchen.  I would imagine that earning a spot on Oprah’s Favorite Things does some pretty amazing things for your product.


This first cookbook by the authors definitely has recipe appeal.  Just reading the names of some of the recipes makes me drool.  Malt Ball Cake with Milk Chocolate Frosting.  Butterscotch Pudding Tarts.  Yes, my list of “Recipes To Try” from this book is still quite extensive.

While there is not a 1:1 ratio of photos:recipes, the quality of the photos that accompany about every 3rd recipe are truly works of art.  Perfectly lit and styled, the photos will surely inspire you to attempt to re-create each perfectly baked treat.

Finally, the book is well organized into bulky chapters that will satisfy your desires for new savory and sweet recipes for everything from breakfast to snacks to baked dinner accompaniments.  Each and every recipe is preceded by a lovely explanation about where the inspiration came from for creating the recipe and/or the kind of occasion the authors imagine your serving the dish for.   Sour Lemon Scones perfect for “a dressy brunch or special Sunday get-together” or Chipotle Cheddar Biscuits  with spice that “starts as a small tingle in the back of your throat followed by a burst of deep, pleasant heat and flavor”.  Can’t you practically taste them now?  That’s what good writing does.

Abrams Publishers sent me a copy of Baked New Frontiers in Baking to review and they were so kind to include an extra copy to pass along to one Satisfy My Sweet Tooth reader!  Enter to win a copy of the book below:

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21 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Cassie
    Apr 14, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    Great review, Mercedes. I have loved seeing all of these recipes!


  2. Miranda C.
    Apr 14, 2012 @ 10:56 am

    I go to Amazon.com for my cookbooks.


  3. Dee Brewer
    Apr 14, 2012 @ 11:31 am

    I find most of my cookbooks at Goodwill, garage sales and 2nd hand stores. Would definately love to get my hands on this one!


  4. Luv What You Do
    Apr 14, 2012 @ 11:33 am

    I am addicted to cookbooks and love the dessert ones best. I haven’t seen this book before but will look for it now. Great recipes and I love beautiful pictures!


  5. Maureen
    Apr 14, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

    I usually go to the local bookstore (it is not a big box store). They have an area where you can sit down and look to your hearts content at the cookbooks.


  6. Judy
    Apr 14, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

    I usually look first at Amazon when looking for a specific bookbook. Yardsales and used book stores are great for finding older unique cookbooks.


  7. Jennie
    Apr 14, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

    I almost always buy my cookbooks through Amazon.


  8. Jan R
    Apr 14, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

    I would LOVE to win this…PLEASE!


  9. Lauren
    Apr 14, 2012 @ 5:38 pm

    I’m a sucker for Church cookbooks. You know the recipes will be great! I’m waiting for ‘A Best of Merecedes’ and Lulu’s Kichens’ be published! 😉


  10. Dana
    Apr 14, 2012 @ 5:42 pm

    First I look for the book at the Library, and If I think it would get lots of use in my kitchen I would purchase from Amazon, or check at Half Price Books.


  11. Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies
    Apr 14, 2012 @ 7:26 pm

    I make root beer cookies, and they’re fantastic! That root beer chocolate bundt cake looks amazing too! I think I need to pin this book to my “stuff I want” pinboard!! Thanks for the review.


    • Mercedes
      Apr 15, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

      Root beer cookies sound very interesting as well! Thanks for reading and pinning!


  12. Malissa W
    Apr 14, 2012 @ 8:25 pm

    Amazon has a good selection of cookbooks – but Barnes and Nobles is always more fun to go to and browse!


  13. Gail
    Apr 14, 2012 @ 11:41 pm



  14. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes
    Apr 15, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

    Sounds like a cookbook I’d enjoy too. I’m always up for a great baking book.


  15. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 8:06 pm

    This cookbook sounds great! I usually orders books through Amazon.


  16. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

    Great giveaway!


  17. Maureen Chapman
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

    I usually get my books second hand. It is surprising how many new books I find. I love books and there has to be lots of great pics! I will always have real books not ebooks!


  18. ethne
    Jul 25, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

    I received this as a Christmas gift two years ago, and haven’t had a bad experience with the recipes yet. If you haven’t already – try the brewer’s blondies. They are AMAZING! I do have to say that I was a little underwhelmed with the brownie recipe – maybe because of the hype. However, I feel that everyone has their own expectation on what a good brownie should be.


    • Mercedes
      Jul 25, 2012 @ 3:31 pm

      That’s so great to hear Ethne! I have not tried the Brewer’s Blondies yet, but I’m sure I will get to them especially now that you recommended them! Thanks for reading!


  19. Kim McCallie
    Sep 10, 2013 @ 8:52 am

    I spend way too much time on Amazon organizing my cookbook wish lists. It’s an obsession really…


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