Emily Luchetti Cookbook Signing
While perusing my newspaper’s food section a couple of weeks ago, I spied an event at the International Culinary Center in Campbell, CA that I just had to attend. Emily Luchetti, the highly-acclaimed executive pastry chef at Farallon and Waterbar Restaurants in San Francisco and now a dean at the French Culinary Institute (at the International Culinary Center) was signing her new cookbook, The Fearless Baker, and demonstrating how to bake a chocolate layer cake that evening.
“Fearless baker”, as you know, is not a descriptor you will find anywhere near my name but I’m fairly certain I am the intended audience for the book. The concept is to transform fearful novice bakers into fearless ones by writing and testing the recipes through the eyes of novice bakers. (why didn’t she call me?)
I would indeed rate the recipe 5 stars because I successfully baked pie crust with her instructions on the first attempt. So Emily Luchetti plays a key role in my recovery from dough-a-phobia, compelling me to attend the event, watch her bake chocolate cake, and buy her new book in hope of one day becoming a “fearless baker” too.
I quickly emailed Katie Myers, the head of admissions at the International Culinary Center and contact person listed in the newspaper, and requested a spot for that evening’s festivities. I shared a bit of my fear-ridden baking background and she agreed to squeeze me in for the event.
The venue was lovely and Ms. Luchetti was warm and relaxed in her manner and shared many simple but useful tips about baking a chocolate layer cake. For example, sift your dry ingredients on to a piece of parchment paper which can then serve as your transport to slowly pour the dry ingredients into the wet. And did you know that whipping the dark chocolate frosting mixture turns it from a rich dark brown to a fluffly light mocha color?
As if sitting in a professional demo kitchen watching Emily Luchetti bake a luscious chocolate cake with ganache frosting wasn’t enough, we then were treated to our own yummy sample. And yes, I stopped long enough to take a picture.
So in that spirit, I offer you, my readers, a cookbook giveaway! I will give away two copies of Emily Luchetti’s new book, The Fearless Baker. Here’s how you can enter:
1. Leave a comment with a story about your favorite baking success or your worst failure. I will pick my favorite story and award one copy to that person.
2. One more winner will be picked randomly and you can enter the following ways:
- Tweet this messsage: I just entered to win a copy of @EmilyLuchetti ‘s cookbook The Fearless Baker @omgyummyblog ‘s giveaway: http://bit.ly/krFPYF
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Besides your wonderful story, leave one comment to let me know how many ways you entered (tweeting, following, liking, subscribing).
Entries will be taken until midnight on June 20.
Good luck and happy summer baking!