I started following Samantha Seneviratne's blog Love, Cake earlier in the year when she was nominated for the 2015 Saveur Blog Awards for Best Baking and Desserts. I was immediately captivated by her imaginative flavor profiles and beautiful photography. Over the past few months her blog has become one of a small handful I turn to when I'm looking for inspiration.
As soon as I found out she was writing her first cookbook I added it to the list of books I wanted to read ASAP (this year the list is about a mile long, all my favorite bloggers are coming out with books.) I finally got my hands on a copy this month (courtesy of the publisher) and couldn't wait to dive right in.
I was hooked from the first page. The layout is fabulous—it's divided by spice—with chapters dedicated to Peppercorn & Chile, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Clove & Cardamon, Vanilla, Ginger, and Savory Herbs & Spices. If you've done any baking at all you've surely dealt with some of these, but I was fascinated with the chapters dedicated to more spicy and savory options.
There are a number of recipes that pair ingredients together in ways I've never thought to. Black Pepper, Dark Chocolate, and Sour Cherry Bread (p21), Plum Galatte with Hazelnut Frangipane (p63), and Buttery Shortbread with Coffee and Cardamom (p123) are three great examples of the mouth-watering flavor combinations to be found within these pages. This book is proof that there is more to dessert than high sugar content. I'm glad Sam thought to remind us all of that.
Keep your eyes on my Instagram feed, as always I'll be sharing photographs of the recipes I tried from this book.
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This book was sent to me for review by Ten Speed Press through the Blogging for Books program. A digital copy was provided through NetGalley. As always, all opinions are my own.