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    Pillsbury Best of the Bake-Off Cookbook: 350 Recipes from America's Favorite Cooking Contest

    Pillsbury Company (Editor)
    The Pillsbury Company

    Clarkson Potter
    ISBN: 060960838X

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    Book Description
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    For almost half a century, the Pillsbury bake-off has celebrated American home cooking. Media coverage generated by the contest's million-dollar prize has given this event the aura of an Olympics for the home chef. Some may quibble that winning recipes rely on prepackaged convenience foods to the exclusion of fresh, natural produce; but whatever purists contend, this compendium of winning bake-off entries persuasively illuminates an increasing diversity in American home cooking. Ten years ago it would have been improbable that a peppery Indian appetizer would be a Pillsbury prize winner, but one inventive cook's use of refrigerator roll dough to duplicate samosas accomplished just that. Other recipes further document the mainstreaming of pasta and of Mexican dishes in the 1980s and 1990s. Today's nutrition consciousness has appended a fat and sodium analysis to each recipe, but a profusion of cakes, pies, and cookies mark this book as anything but calorie obsessive. Mark Knoblauch --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

    An illustrated treasury of prize-winning recipes from the famed Bake-Off Contest encompasses 350 delicious dishes, including soups, sandwiches, snacks, main courses, salads and side dishes, breads, cakes, and other desserts. 150,000 first printing. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

    Book Description
    For almost fifty years, people have looked to one cooking contest for the most delicious, the most exciting and the most uniquely American recipes this country's home cooks have to offer. The Pillsbury Bake-Off(r) Contest presents the very best of what people are cooking today for their family and friends-for everyday dinners, special occasion desserts and mouthwatering breads. Now, for the very first time, more than 350 of the most sought after prize-winning recipes from this famed cooking contest are gathered in one book, complete with gorgeous color photographs and stories about the people and the inspiration that led to their award-winning recipes.

    But the Bake-Off(r) Contest is about more than just baking. . . certainly dessert time has never been the same since the introduction of Magic Marshmallow Crescent Puffs, Chocolate Silk Pecan Pie and the Tunnel of Fudge Cake, which became a household name in 1966. The Bake-Off(r) is also about wonderful savory dishes, such as Cowboy Steak 'n Veggie Soup, Grilled Chicken and Mango Corn Salad, Italian Zucchini Crescent Pie and the now-famous California Casserole, which captured the Grand Prize in 1956 and won its creator, Margaret Hatheway, a cook's tour abroad, where she introduced this most American of dishes to chefs all across Europe.

    Best of the Bake-Off(r) Cookbook is a sweet and savory record of how American cooking has evolved over the years, illustrating how home cooks have captured their ethnic heritages in dishes adapted from their grandparents' countries to modern kitchens and busier times. The stories are as inspiring as the recipes themselves, from 1955 winner Rosemary Sport's prize-a new pink range-which provided her family with the motivation to become proud new homeowners to 1996's Grand Prize-winner, Kurt Wait, a single parent, who with the help of his son developed his $1 million-winning recipe Macadamia Fudge Torte.

    Hundreds of the very best recipes are accompanied by enticing color photographs and organized by category: Soups, Sandwiches and Snacks; Main Dishes; Side Dishes and Salads; Breads; Sweet Rolls and Coffee Cakes; Cookies and Bars; Cakes and Tortes; Pies and Tarts; and Other Desserts. Each chapter is filled with personal profiles highlighting the people who created the recipes plus the wonderful and oftentimes humorous behind-the-scenes stories from the Bake-Off(r) Contest events: One contestant accidentally sat on her cake entry; another was notified that she was a lucky contestant via a citizens-band message broadcast by her town's postmistress.

    The recipes are sensational, the stories are uplifting. Best of the Bake-Off(r) Cook

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