Saturday, July 25, 2015

Get Your Bake On: Sweet and Savory Recipes From My Home to Yours by Brian Emmett (spotlight and review)

Brian Emmett
May 26, 2015
ISBN: 9781476772561
Price: $18.00
Gallery Books
“Emmett, winner of CBS's The American Baking Competition, shares 75 recipes that have been passed down through the generations of his family. Dessert classics, such as lemon meringue pie and a yellow cake with vanilla buttercream frosting, are offset with savories including chicken pot pie, Chicago and New York–style pizzas, and a "Mile-High" quiche. Fans of The American Baking Competition will recognize the "Petit Four Flag Cake"…Emmett offers clear instructions on his popular "Peanut-Vanilla Chiffon Roll with Peanut Praline and Gold-Dusted Peanuts" and carefully walks home bakers through the multiple steps, including making a chocolate-peanut mousse, chocolate ganache glaze, peanut praline, and gold-dusted peanuts. His down-to-earth tone makes this a good buy for those new to baking.”
—Publishers Weekly
“Distinguished by its ease of use and down-home midwestern ’tude…[with] family-type-introductions to each type of dish…Good tips on techniques precede every chapter…The proof of his talent is in the collection: For the most part, the inclusions are standard Americana, often with a twist.  Try oatmeal muffins for a breakfast differentiator, maple mascarpone frosting on a carrot, and poppy-seed sugar-plum rolls (translation: filled donuts).  Demyth-ifying the craft of baking.”
Whip up some delicious down-home goodness with Get Your Bake On: Sweet and Savory Recipes from My Home to Yours, a cookbook of sweet and savory recipes from Brian Emmett, who burst onto the culinary scene with his charm, confidence, and superior baking and cooking skills on CBS’s The American Baking Competition™.  He won the hearts of Americans nationwide, who watched this enthusiastic husband and father immerse himself in his passion—and, ultimately, take home the illustrious title of America’s Best Amateur Baker.
Now in Get Your Bake On, Brian shares over seventy-five recipes that leave no doubt as to why he was crowned champion of the show.  This cookbook encompasses a hearty mixture of The American Baking Competition favorites, brand-new concoctions, and Emmett family recipes passed down for generations.  Staying true to the show’s theme, there are plenty of sweets.  From Poppy Seed Sugar Plum Rolls to his famous Cakey Chocolate Chip Cookies, Brian’s baked goods are sure to satisfy even the most demanding of sweet tooths.
Get Your Bake On also features a strong savory element with classic, feel-good recipes such as Sunday Brunch Strata and Sky-High Cheese and Chive Souffl├ęs.  Some of these delicious treats include:
·         Pies and Tarts…Lemon Meringue Pie
·         Scones, Muffins, and Biscuits…Blueberry and Almond Scones
·         Breads and Pizzas…Focaccia with Fresh Thyme
·         Cookies, Bars, Biscotti, and Brownies…Salted Peanut Cookies
·         Cakes…Cheesecake with Caramel-Apple Topping
·         Pastry and Pie Dough…Apple Cider-Spiked Pie Dough
·         Souffl├ęs and Custards…Sunday Brunch Strata

 One person's review:
“This is by far one of the favorites with my family and friends, but not just for brunch!  It’s a hit for tailgating, Bunco night, bowling leagues, housewarming parties, baby showers…you are sure to be the MVP at any event if you show up with this amazing casserole.  It’s great because you can assemble all the ingredients the day before, refrigerate, and then bake fresh in the morning.  It’s also easy to change up the ingredients, use different cheeses, substitute the meats with seasonal vegetables such as broccoli, asparagus, or spinach, or add fresh herbs such as chopped parsley or basil as garnish for a beautiful presentation.”
With Brian Emmett’s Get Your Bake On, readers are expertly equipped to gather with friends and family for any occasion and enjoy the most savory food.  So grab a spoon, America—Brian’s back, and he’s ready to dish!


Brian Emmett, the ultimate foodie and home entertainer, has been baking, cooking, serving, and designing unique culinary experiences for family and friends for over twenty years.  He lives near Chicago with his wife and daughters. 


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My Review:

4.5 out of 5 stars

Get Your Bake On: Sweet and Savory Recipes from My Home to Yours by Brian Emmett is his first cookbook but I’m betting that it won’t be his last.  There are lovely recipes with clear instructions and mouthwatering pictures in the center of the book.  Thus far, we have tried the recipe for pound cake and I was delighted with the results although my spouse likes his a little sweeter.  I like the way recipes are divided into sections such as Pies and Tarts, Breads and Pizzas, Cakes, etc., especially the series of recipes with chocolate! The anecdotes are fun to read, and I look forward to trying more of these great items.
A copy of this title was provided to me for review.


  1. That sounds like a great cookbook. I love trying new recipes.

    1. I don't like complicated recipes because I don't have the patience to work my way through all of the steps, so this is a perfect book for me. Thanks for visiting, Mary!

  2. I love cookbooks, sounds like some yummy recipes--Rae

    1. They all look so appetizing, Rae, and I know you would be great at executing them with your talent for baking! Thank you for taking the time to visit!