by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito
In Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented, Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito give their signature "Baked" twists to famous desserts from across the country. Here is their take on our most treasured desserts: Banana Cream Pie, Black & White Cookies, Mississippi Mud Pie, and more—from the overworked to the underappreciated. Readers will love this collection of 75 recipes from breakfast treats to late-night confections and everything in between.
Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito's 2008 Baked was published to national critical acclaim and raved about across the blogosphere. Since then, their profile has gotten even bigger, with continued praise from Oprah and Martha Stewart; product availability in every Whole Foods across the U.S.; and a new bakery in Charleston, South Carolina, with even more traffic than their original Brooklyn location.
As Matt's writes in the Introduction to Baked Explorations:
Renato and I set about looking for the roadways and history to all things sweet and realized that there is no direct route. Most recipes we found had been altered and tweaked by so many hands that one person's simple chocolate cake recipe was completely different from the next-door neighbor's, not to mention the recipe from the person two states over.
In some instances, we left recipes virtually unchanged from the version we were given. In other cases we performed a Baked makeover. This is not a compendium, nor a voluminous history of baked goods. Think of it as an easygoing road trip with stop-offs at the quirky and unusual monuments. Of course we included a few Baked customer favorites as well.
Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito left their day jobs in advertising five years ago to open their bakery, Baked, in Brooklyn, NY, to immediate praise from fans across the country. The authors have been featured on Oprah, the Today show, the Food Network, and Martha Stewart. Their first book, Baked, was an IACP award nominee. Lewis and Poliafito live in New York City.
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