Cookbook Corner – Chocolat

“Chocolat” By: Pierre Marcolini

It’s no secret that I LOVE anything and everything chocolate! So – can you imagine my love for this deliciously put together cookbook? 

There are so many recipes in this book I can not possibly list all of them – or even half of them in this blog post! Just trust me when I say that you will want to add this amazing cookbook to your collection if you love chocolate – great sophisticated recipes – and gorgeous photographs. 

There are sections from chocolate known areas of the world like Mexico, Brazil and Java that each include recipes of their own. There are sections in this book that you will want to tear out of the book – only to later frame them on your walls. Not that I’m recommending tearing apart this book – but seriously the photographs are exquisite! 

I love the stories that are told throughout and the “From Bean to Bar” section that is basically like a storyline tracing the cacao tree from birth to finished chocolate bar. I love how it talks about proper cooking techniques – storing techniques and techniques that will make your finished dishes soar above anything you’ve made before. 

Natural Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles – Natural Milk Chocolate – Crisp Milk Chocolate Praline Clusters – Black Sesame Seed Praline – Chocolate Soufflés – Ganache Filled Chocolate Cookies – Candied Lemon Peel Dipped in Chocolate – Soft Chocolate Caramel Candies – Chocolate Pastry Cream – Chocolate Marshmallows – Vanilla Scented Hot Chocolate and Praline Hearts. Those are just some of the interesting – complex and delicious recipes that fill this book. 

I highly recommend this cookbook to the chocolate lover and to the cookbook collector who can not resist a cookbook filled with great stories, recipes and photographs. 

To buy “Chocolat” click here…

https://www.amazon.com/Chocolat-Cocoa-Bean-Chocolate-Bar/dp/0847859282

The personal views and reviews of this blog are mine and mine alone. Any opinion or thought expressed are strictly my own. More information can be found by emailing me your questions.

Blaise 

Round Two 

Guess what!? My cookbook is OFFICIALLY IN ITS SECOND PRINTING!!! I’m so excited about this and want to say THANK YOU to all of you for your dedication and support! Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought the first printing of my cookbook would have went so fast! It’s only been 6 months since it’s release and my stock has been depleted almost completely. “Blaise the Baker Dessert First” (in its second printing) will be officially available THE FIRST PART OF MAY! I’m still taking orders – and preorders – so GRAB YOUR COPY TODAY by sending $15 total ($12 for the cookbook and $3 shipping and handling) to Blaise Doubman / Box 47 / Kennard, IN 47351. Or pay online with PayPal at http://paypal.com and use the email blaisejdx@gmail.com when sending money. Order 4 or more cookbooks and the shipping and handling is FREE! I’m so excited about this and can’t thank you all enough! Round two! Here we go!!!

Blaise

Cookbook Corner – Gâteaux

“Gâteaux” By: Christophe Felder and Camille Lesecq

This book is huge in content – size – photos – recipe and taste! A beautifully laid out book that draws your attention from page one. The photos are page big and are fabulously paired with some of the best recipes you will find for some of your favorite desserts! I can not tell you how much fun I had looking through this book! 

The sections that divide up this cookbook are – In One Bite – Sunday Brioches – Simple Cakes – Fruit Desserts – Celebration Cakes – Cakes of the World – Tarts – and Just for Fun. There are also wonderfully put together “step by step” photos that go with some of the more “complex” recipes. 

Some of the recipes that make up this fabulous cookbook are – Champagne Ladyfingers, Pears in Pastry, Coconut Cookies, Lemon Tartlets, Cinnamon Stars, Jam-Filled Donuts, Bee Sting Cake, Puff Pastry Brioche, Stacked Crêpe Cake, Breton Buckwheat Cake, Parisian Cream Flan, Chestnut Cake, Lemon Mousse Cake, Red Berry Tart, Salted Caramel and Chocolate Mousse Cake, White Rose Cake, Pineapple Baba with Lime Meringue, Lime-Raspberry Macaron Cake, Black Forest Cake with Chocolate Cream, Speculoos Cookies, Fruit-Topped Cheesecake, Caramel-Chocolate Tart, Cherry Tart with Streusel Topping and Light Cheese Tart. 

Some of the recipes have a couple different recipes that go with the finished product but those who may be wondering if the book may be to advanced – my answer would be no! Anything delicious takes time and patience and I love how there is nothing processed in this book and how the finished desserts have a fresh and familiar flavor – but unexpected and new at the same time. 

Highly recommend this for those who love baking and beautifully done cakes, cookies and desserts. 

To buy “Gâteaux” click here…

https://www.amazon.com/Gateaux-Large-Small-Cookies-Desserts/dp/0847858650

The personal views and reviews of this blog are mine and mine alone. Any opinion or thought expressed are strictly my own. More information can be found by emailing me your questions.

Blaise 

Cookbook Corner – Tartine All Day

I LOVE this beautiful cookbook…

“Tartine All Day” By: Elisabeth Prueitt

This book is BEAUTIFUL! There are really no other words that can quite describe how fabulous and beautiful this book really is! The photos are beautiful – the recipes are beautiful and the stories are beautiful! I have tried several recipes from this book and all have turned out – well – beautifully! Ok – I will try and limit the use of that word throughout my review but I did want to get a point across here! Ha! 

Just some recipes that fill this book are –

Buttermilk-Herb Dressing, Applesauce, Chicken Stock, Preserved Lemons, Ricotta Cheese, 5-Day Sauerkraut, Blueberry Jam, Peach Jam, Apple Butter, Sour Cream Coffee Cake, Any Day Pancakes, Crispy Waffles, Popovers, Stuffed Dates, Chicken Liver Mousse, Simple Crab Bisque, Vegetable Slaw, Purple Salad, Pan-Roasted Eggplant, Whole-Loaf Cheesy Garlic Bread, Ricotta Dumplings, Seafood Stew with Aioli, Fried Chicken, Pork Chops in Mustard Sauce with Apples, Porchetta, Shortbread, Apple Beehive, Teff Carrot Cake, Birthday Cake with Fluffy Milk Chocolate Frosting, Apple Pie, Flan, Lemon Pudding Cake and so many more! 

So many people are familiar with this fabulous brand – food – locations – now get familiar with the cookbook! This cookbook is all about familiar and charming comfort foods which can be made at home – but totally different and unexpected than you first might think at first glance. 

To order “Tartine All Day” click here…

The personal views and reviews of this blog are mine and mine alone. Any opinion or thought expressed are strictly my own. More information can be found by emailing me your questions.

Blaise 

Blaise the Baker Recommends – Notes on a Banana 

“Notes on a Banana” By: David Leite 

I can not tell you how much I love this book! It really struck a cord with me. I guess I was not expecting this book to hit so close to home but it really did in just about every way imaginable. David is a very talented writer and I am lucky enough to be able to call him one of my “Facebook friends”. I really admire him, his journey and now after reading this – his life. 

This memoir is not to be missed! I was lucky enough to score an advanced copy – and I am recommending everyone to preorder this book today! I have already placed my Amazon order – I can not wait to gift this to some of my friends and family. 

For the last several months – years maybe – I have been reading cookbooks like novels. Between this memoir and “Give A Girl A Knife” it has really opened my eyes to the world of food memoirs – a genre that I am really learning to love and appreciate. 

This memoir covers just about everything you can think of! Sexuality, family dynamics, food, love, lust, mental illness, acceptance, balance and so much more. And there is so many things that relate to me or to the people I have in my life. I love David’s philosophy on butter and cooking and I love his philosophy on love and how to love with all your heart. 

This charming, informative, personal and emotional memoir landed in my lap at just the right time. The depth of what is covered in this memoir can not possibly be covered in this short blog post so trust me when I say – PREORDER this book TODAY! Trust me. You will not be sorry. And buy a copy for your friend too. This is the perfect book for your local club book – so many wonderful discussions can be brought out in the open by this charming and frank memoir that has touched me so much. 

To purchase / preorder click below – 

https://m.harpercollins.com/9780062414373/notes-on-a-banana

Blaise 

Cookbook Corner – Harvest

I am in love with this cookbook…


“Harvest” By: Stefani Bittner and Alethea Harampolis 

This beautiful hardcover cookbook covers anything and everything that you may find yourself harvesting in your local garden. The photographs are beautiful and the pages stunning. This is not just a cookbook in terms of food but a cookbook that extends itself to venture into the realms of facial beauty, beauty products, household items and tips and tricks. Some of the “recipes” include –

“Poppyseed Dressing” (page 14), “Artichoke Arrangement” (page 34), “Edible Flower-Pressed Cheese” (page 38), “Lavendar and Mint Tea” (page 70), “Lemongrass Salt Scrub” (page 98), “Herb and Hive Honey Lip Balm” (page 126), “Tumeric Dye” (page 174) and “Bay Laurel Kitchen Wreath” (page 186). 

The book is divided into sections which really brings out the “seasonal” aspect of this book. I highly recommend this for people who love gardening, love nature, love unexpected projects and love harvesting. A beautiful book with such a simple and beautiful meaning. So fun! 

To buy “Harvest” click here – 

The personal views and reviews of this blog are mine and mine alone. Any opinion or thought expressed are strictly my own. Shout out and special thanks to Blogging for Books for this opportunity. More information can be found by emailing me your questions.

Blaise 

Blaise the Baker Recommends – Give a Girl a Knife 

“Give a Girl a Knife” By: Amy Thielen

I’ve had the extraordinary pleasure of getting an advanced copy of “Give a Girl a Knife” By: Amy Thielen and it is FABULOUS! I’m such a huge fan of her award winning and wonderful cookbook, “The New Midwestern Table” and this book is everything I expected – and then some! Amy is beyond talented when it comes to the kitchen and her talent for writing really shines through in this interesting and personal memoir. I love her family stories and memories – I love her view of food – I love her thoughts on recipe testing – BUT – I don’t want to give too much away, so just trust me when I say PREORDER THIS BOOK! I have so much respect and admiration for Amy and this book verified everything that I had heard about her willingness, hard work and dedication to life. Follow her journey from small town to big city – and back again. A glimpse into the lives of one of food’s biggest and brightest personalities. I loved this book and I really think you will too! Congratulations Amy!

Purchase / preorder your book here – 

Blaise

3 Year Anniversary!!!

BLAISE THE BAKER IS 3 YEARS OLD TODAY!!! I don’t even really know what to say other than THANK YOU all so much for the continuous support and dedication! I have met so many incredible people along the way and I’m so thankful for you all. Without my followers, my “fans”, my friends and family – none of this would be possible. I’m so thankful and filled with joy when I look back on this amazing journey so far and all that has been accomplished.

When I first started this journey my goal was to just simply share recipes, tips and tricks with people that could use them and enjoy them. I wanted to share my family recipes, stories and memories. I wanted to be of help to those who needed it in the kitchen. I wanted to inspire people and get people cooking and baking again. I wanted to break the stereotypes that only women belong in the kitchen and that only women can bake. I wanted to encourage families to prepare meals together and to get back to sharing their lives around the family table. I’ve maintained the same goals throughout this journey and haven’t compromised on my original intentions.

Along the way I have had opportunities that I would have never dreamed. I’ve been featured on websites, blogs and in newspapers and magazines. I’ve had people reach out for interviews and photoshoots. I have the amazing opportunity to share with you all some of my most meaningful and deliciously heartfelt recipes in my food column, “Chew This!” that appears on the first and third Sundays of each month in “The Courier-Times”. A newspaper that I have loved, respected and admired since I was 7 years old and would visit the newspaper offices with my Grandma Barbra – dropping off an item to be printed in the next edition. A newspaper that I’m proud to be a part of and honored to be given the privilege of space and time.

Most bloggers look at their “performance numbers” daily. I try to make it a habit to never look at mine because to me – that’s not what it’s about. It’s not about “hits” or numbers, shares or likes. To me, it’s about being 100% authentic with who I am, what I make and what I decide to share. What’s important, to me, is that authenticity.

My blog has expanded over the years into cookbook reviews, book reviews, product reviews, global features, guest bloggers and other featured elements that I love sharing with you all! My blog will also be expanding in 2017 to include restaurant and bakery reviews – which I’m over the moon with excitement about!

Don’t get me wrong – there have been bumps and bruises along the way. Each bump in the road I’ve taken as a learning lesson and a valuable teaching experience. I’ve had book clubs, book selling sites and an eBay store with my “Blaise the Baker” name attached, but those have fallen away to not only simplify things but to mainstream what my “brand” is about.

One of the most amazing experiences that has happened from my 2nd year anniversary to my 3rd is the publication of my very first cookbook! My cookbook, “Blaise the Baker Dessert First” launched last September. I have been blown away by the responses from it! There have been a couple of new printings and very soon – another reorder / reprint is in store. I’ve had the most amazing accounts of people writing to me – texting me – emailing me – calling me – telling me how much they LOVE my cookbook! That makes me so incredibly thankful and so incredibly happy.

If you’re reading this and would like to purchase a copy – the price is $12 plus $3 shipping and handling. There are 200 total recipes along with tips, tricks and family memories and stories. It’s a work I am so proud of presenting to everyone. Simply send $15 total to Blaise Doubman / Box 47 / Kennard, IN 47351. Or pay online through http://paypal.com Use my email – blaisejdx@gmail.com as a way to send the money. If you’re in the Henry County area, please stop by “The Book Nook” – where there are autographed copies to buy.

All in all – I’m so thankful for the opportunities I’ve had – and I’m so EXCITED for the opportunities that await in the future. Thank you all so much for being here with me on this journey. Thank you all so much for supporting me. Thank you all so much for the dedication, the feedback and the love. Most importantly, thank you for allowing me into your lives. You all mean so much to me!

Here’s to many years to come!!!

With all my love,

Blaise Doubman
“Blaise the Baker”

Recipe of the Day

It’s time!

I’m returning with my…

“Blaise the Baker Recipe of the Day”!

If you’re interested, please follow along with me on my Facebook page – http://facebook.com/blaisethebaker

and on my Instagram page – http://instagram.com/blaisethebaker

I’ll be sharing my “recipe of the day” including links, tips, etc. starting TODAY!

Join me there!

Blaise

Blaise the Baker Book Recommendation – Shaken 

A few weeks ago I closed my “Blaise the Baker: Book Club” and “Blaise the Baker: Books for Cooks” sections on my public Facebook page. I just didn’t feel the need for separate pages. Joining everything together into one cohesive page is more user friendly and follower friendly. There will be more changes in 2017 – trying to really streamline things and make other adjustments – and I’m really excited! I’m also working on a monthly newsletter and some email services. Stay tuned! 

I’m currently recommending –


“Shaken” By: Tim Tebow

I’m highly recommending this book to everyone I know! I’ve been a huge fan of Tim Tebow for years and with his second book, I’m now even a bigger fan. The book is all about how to bounce back from being “shaken”. 

It gives great advice, inspirational messages and personal detailed accounts of how he overcame obstacles in his life that have lead him to bigger and better things. It’s a quick read that you will want to read again and again. 

Take a highlighter with you on your reading journey because you’ll want to highlight some quotes and personal messages that you may find helpful in your day to day life. 

The personal views and reviews of this blog are mine and mine alone. Any opinion or thought expressed are strictly my own. Shout out and special thanks to Blogging for Books for this opportunity. More information can be found by emailing me your questions.

Blaise