Getting orders ready!

Getting the orders ready! Thank you all so much for the continued dedication and support – means everything to me!

I’ve been stamping Grandma Deloris’ name on her recipe – page 5. She really wanted to autograph them all but she’s weak and her stamina is not the best – so I had a stamp made. She loves that she’s been a part of this journey with me!


Grandma Barbra has been signing boxes and boxes and boxes of books – and not complaining one bit! She wrote the foreword for my cookbook and loves signing the page that has her printed words. Such a special moment. Said she can’t believe she’s doing this ROUND TWO! Hahaha


To order your copy – send $15 total ($12 for the cookbook and $3 shipping and handling) to Blaise Doubman / Box 47 / Kennard, IN 47351. Or pay online through http://paypal.com Use my email blaisejdx@gmail.com when paying. Or – send me a message, text or email and I can forward you an invoice. Remember – if you order 4 or more copies – shipping and handling is free! Contact me with any questions.

Thanks again!!!

Blaise

Here we go! Again…

Guess what!? The second printing of my cookbook just arrived!!! I’m so excited about this! For those who have preordered – your orders will ship before Saturday. THANK YOU ALL for your dedication and support. Just a little over 6 months ago my cookbook came out – and the first supplies are gone already! I’m so thankful. Here we go for ROUND TWO! To order your copy – send $15 total ($12 for the cookbook and $3 shipping and handling) to Blaise Doubman / Box 47 / Kennard, IN 47351. Or pay online through http://paypal.com Use my email blaisejdx@gmail.com when paying. Or – send me a message, text or email and I can forward you an invoice. Remember – if you order 4 or more copies – shipping and handling is free! Contact me with any questions.

Thanks again!!!

Blaise

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 – Cupcakes Forever 

I’ve often thought about going over my blog and deleting old posts (giveaways and giveaway winners) and updating the spelling and English in some of my earlier posts (some of my earlier posts were just not well spell checked) but I got to thinking – why? I would not change anything that has lead me to the current spot on the journey I am on – so leave them alone. So what if some sentences “run on and on” and who cares if some of my old giveaway posts are still visible? All the actual RECIPES are error-free and are 110% promised to work. That is what matters. The heart of my blog. The recipes. 

I have also thought about pulling back on my cookbook reviews – my “Cookbook Corner” features. But why? I love it and enjoy it. It is something that makes my blog different than the rest. There are thousands (probably millions) of people who are reviewing cookbooks online (and otherwise) and everyone is valued to express themselves and their opinions. Some of the cookbooks friends of mine review may not interest me (vegetarian, International, gourmet) and some of mine may not interest them. That is fine! There should be a wide variety of opinions and reviews for each cookbook. Not just one opinion, post or voice. 

On that note I would like to thank everyone for joining me here (there are SO MANY of you followers and subscribers – THANK YOU) and introduce you to my newest cookbook love…


“Cupcakes Forever: Delicious Recipes For Cupcakes With Love From Lola’s” 

This cookbook is fabulous! It is pocket size – about 1/4th the side of your typical cookbook but do not let the size fool you! This book is packed with delicious recipes for cupcakes and frostings. I have made several of the recipes from this book and easily one of my favorites is the cupcakes that are featured in the photos above. Their “Vanilla Cupcake” (page 24) and their “Basic Vanilla Buttercream” (page 20) are neither one “basic”. I have tried so many vanilla cupcake recipes and most of them fall flat. These, however, are flavorful, moist and deliciously vanilla.

The recipes are straightforward and easy to follow and the variety of flavors and flavor combinations are well welcomed. Just some of my favorites are…

“Red Velvet Cupcake” (page 35), “White Chocolate Cupcake” (page 44), “Blueberry Cupcake” (page 54), “Maple Syrup Cupcake” (page 73), “Rainbow Swirl Cupcake” (page 101), “High Hat Marshmallow Cupcake” (page 111), “Sticky Toffee Pudding Cupcake” (page 122) and “Banoffee Cupcake” (page 131). And those are just a FEW of the amazing and sometimes over the top cupcakes featured throughout. 

I have marked so many more recipes to try and I can not wait to share with everyone my results! If you love cupcakes you NEED THIS BOOK in your life! Trust me. It is filled with delicious recipes, mouthwatering flavor combinations, smooth and flowing writing and photographs. Truly a treasure of a book. 

To buy “Cupcakes Forever” click here –

https://www.amazon.com/Cupcakes-Forever-Delicious-recipes-cupcakes/dp/1849757666

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 Ryland Peters and Small for this opportunity. More information can be found by emailing me your questions.

Blaise 

Recipe Testing Cookbooks

Part of my job as “cookbook reviewer” is to not only look over the recipes to see if they sound and read correctly, but to prepare several of them to make sure the recipes actually work! The cookbook I’ve been focusing on lately is “Cupcakes Forever – Delicious Recipes for Cupcakes with Love from LOLA’S”. It’s a fabulous book and my review will be coming soon! Their recipe for “Vanilla Cupcakes” (page 24) and “Basic Vanilla Buttercream” (page 20) are seriously the best vanilla cupcakes I’ve ever had! Can’t wait to share my review of this cookbook with everyone! Stay tuned!

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