30. May 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: NonFiction, Tammy · Tags: , , , ,

Baking with the Cake Boss: 100 of Buddy's Best Recipes and Decorating Secrets by Buddy Valastro, 337 pages, read by Tammy, on 05/24/2012

TLC Cake Boss host Buddy Valastro insists that baking gets a bad rap only because most home cooks never learn the basics that enable them to build on their talents, as it were, layer by layer. Baking with the Cake Boss gently guides you through; from simple cookie treats to pies, pastries, and, yes, even those ornate decorated cakes that make bridesmaids swoon. Complete with step-by-step instructional photos, how-to boxes and sidebars, and just the tips you need to make your own yummy and beautiful desserts.

25. April 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Memoirs, NonFiction, Tammy · Tags: , , , ,

Cake Boss: Stories and Recipes from Mia Famiglia by Buddy Valastro, 255 pages, read by Tammy, on 04/21/2012

In this heartfelt memoir, Buddy from the popular TV show, Cake Boss shares his family’s history and the history of Carlo’s Bakery from the time his dad started working there until today where the bakery, his family and crew are featured on TLC. Buddy shares his journey and transformation from the youngest child in a big Italian family who loses his father as a young man and becomes a person who can run a busy, successful bakery. He also shares some of the recipes made famous by the show sized down for personal baking.