I am so excited to start my new adventure by baking my way through your new book. I am a fan of the Next Top Baker show and occasionally do watch the Cake Boss one. But, sometimes I just can't watch it b/c you tend to be a little full of yourself... although, you kinda can be a little full of yourself because of all that you can do. And, you're not as annoying as that other guy...what's his name, Duff something or other?? So, I enjoy your work and was glad to stumble on your book.
It must have been fate b/c I have been searching for the Perfect book to Bake my Way Through for a while now. I was going to do the CIA Baking and Pastry book...but, I think that's a little too daunting for my first time cover to cover book. Well, I was walking through the library (which is one of the places I work) and I saw someone with your book in their hands and they were actually putting it back on the shelf. I snatched that book right up so that I could see what you were all about. Wasn't really sure what I would find in there either...but I was kinda hoping for some tricks of the trade and stuff.
I've never really 'read' a cookbook and all the forwards and helpful information sections before. But, for some reason, I read yours. I like it and I like your book.
So, tomorrow I start baking away and through your book. I'm going to start with the cookies as you suggest...even though I am not a beginner in the baking world. I just want to have some kind of direction. I may wander through the book, though... as I might need a cake or something before I get there. I will also be comparing your stuff to the stuff I already bake and bake well. I'm really looking forward to the whole 'decorating' stuff at the end!!
Thank you for putting out this book. I'm excited to get started!!