This week: The Big Book of King Cake, recipes, cookbook previews and more

Last Sunday, Darcie wrote a paragraph on King cakes in her food news antipasto post; and in February of 2020, I covered the yeasted cake in a weekly roundup. Today, I want to share more with you about a beautiful book devoted to the subject.

The Big Book of King Cake: The Stories & Bakers Behind New Orleans’ Sweetest Tradition by Matt Haines is devoted to the history of the King cake and features bakers in New Orleans (as well as a chapter on its “international cousins”).

Filled with vivid imagery and profiles of bakers such as Joy the Baker, Jack Rose, and Brennans, this book is pure inspiration. It includes photographs of profiled bakers’ versions of the treasured cake but there are only three recipes in the book – two cocktails and one King cake recipe at the back of the book provided by the New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute.

There are over 366 pages in this stunning title and I have found myself spending hours studying the countless variations of this cake and enjoying the stories of the bakers behind them. While there are not recipes for all these wonderful variations, I find myself inspired to take a basic recipe and experiment with the different glazes and fillings and I’m sure any baker could do the same.

Our takes you inside The Big Book of King Cake to give you an idea of its content. It is a wonderful resource. On Feb 22nd, Matt is hosting a King cake workshop in New Orleans.

The last week at Eat Your Books

Since our last roundup, Darcie has written these articles:

Darcie’s weekly food news antipasto is shared every Sunday and the tag #foodnews brings up these information-packed posts from the most current to the first one. Darcie can be followed on Instagram at darcie_bakes.

A reminder in case you missed it – Jane has published her annual best lists:

Since our last roundup, I have posted the following:

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Jenny and the EYB Team

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Breakfast-in-Rome lemon cake  from Baking with Dorie: Sweet, Salty & Simple (page 76) by Dorie Greenspan submitted by member MakeMyHay

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