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Bake :  Essential Companion -  Alison Thompson


Essential Companion

By: Alison Thompson, Adrian Lander (Photographer)


Published: 28th March 2011
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A book for a lifetime of baking

In Bake, expert baker and pastry chef Alison Thompson shares with you everything she knows about baking.

Alison includes all her absolute favourite recipes for breads, pastries, cakes, muffins, scones, biscuits and slices, and desserts. There's even a section including gluten-free options. Many of these recipes she's been baking for years, refining and perfecting them until they produce consistently outstanding results.

With detailed information on techniques, equipment and ingredients, and simple step-by-step instructions, this book really is the baker's bible. In clear, accessible language, Alison demystifies many of the more complex baking techniques. If you've never dared to make your own croissants or bake a four-tiered layer cake, fear no longer – whether you're a beginner keen to roll up your sleeves, or a passionate life-long baker, you'll produce stunning results every time with these mouth-watering recipes.

'Baking is so satisfying; we learn new skills each time we try a new recipe. But best of all, baking brings us together, both in the kitchen and at the table – I love watching the smiles as people take their first mouthful and eat with joy.' - Alison

About the Author

Alison Thompson has been passionate about cooking since she was a child, writing her first cookbook when she was just 11 years old. She now has 15 years experience as a professional chef and pastry chef. Alison has worked with the world's finest pastry chefs in Melbourne and London, and has spent time at the famed Little Venice Cake Company in the UK. She has travelled throughout Europe, carrying out extensive research into the origins and evolution of various cakes, pastries and desserts – including an unforgettable week in Paris sampling macarons from the city's top patisseries. She is the founder and head pastry chef of Alison Louise Designer Cakes, a wedding and special occasion cake business located in the Yarra Valley, just outside Melbourne.


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Comments about Bake:

I remember ordering this book barely five days before Christmas, and knowing that with all the parcels being shipped off around Australia, there wasn't a chance I would receive it on time. Lo and behold, along came the package not three days after I had bought it! Wonderful service, my sister loved the recipes inside, and unlike many other items I've purchased online, 'Bake' arrived properly packaged and in stellar condition. I would (and have) recommended Booktopia to just about anyone who will listen. Keep up the good work.

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Great recipes that work


from Melbourne, AU

About Me Gourmet Cook


  • Easy To Understand
  • Great Recipes
  • Quality Photos
  • Well Written


    Best Uses

    • Becoming Inspired
    • Learning New Techniques
    • Reference

    Comments about Bake:

    I baked the chocolate chip cookies.
    Easy recipe to follow & they were probably the best cookies I have made.

    Next up to try, lemon meringue pie.

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    ISBN: 9780143203674
    ISBN-10: 0143203673
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 448
    Published: 28th March 2011
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 25.1 x 21.0  x 2.540
    Weight (kg): 25.1
    Edition Number: 1