yes, yes, i have "the most cake and i fake so real i am beyond fake" but for anyone who has any interest in baking, at home or otherwise, the woman who wrote one of the best baking books available just died- marion cunningham.
"Marion, who died Wednesday at the age of 90, was a self-professed alcoholic and an agoraphobic who didn't leave California for the first 50 years of her life. It was cooking that saved her, and she in turn was responsible for preserving home cooking through her cookbooks."
"The Fannie Farmer Baking Book" has to be one of the most consistant, clear and helpful baking books. the recipes all work and work well at most skill levels-which, believe it or not, is not all that common. it has just the right light dusting of granola crunchiness along with the standard but by no means less than delicious and delectable classic home baked goods. if you want to learn to bake or are a professional who needs a very good, very well rounded, go-to fall back reference, get this book.