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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Ace of Cakes

Ace of Cakes
by Duff and Willie Goldman
307 pages



Have you ever seen the Food Network show Ace of Cakes? If not, you are missing something amazing. Check out this video and you'll get an idea of what I'm talking about.



I live just outside of Baltimore and I'm quite familiar with the show, so when I was offered a review copy of a book about Ace of Cakes I jumped at the chance to check it out.

It did not disappoint.

The book, written by bakery founder/owner Duff Goldman and show creator/Duff's brother Willie Goldman, starts by telling the story of how Charm City Cakes (the bakery) and Ace of Cakes (the show) came to be. The central portion of the book focuses on profiles of each member of the bakery staff and the production team ... and most of these people are hilarious! The final section is an episode guide summarizing every episode of the show's seven seasons. I really enjoyed reading that part, remembering the cakes and the hi-jinx that went along with them.

And there are pictures upon pictures. Close-ups of cakes - both finished and in progress; fold-out pages showing every cake created over the show's seven seasons; special cakes and the stories behind them; and much, much more. The book is a joy to look at and a pleasure to read.

Duff and his team do AMAZING work and they are a blast to watch. Here are a few examples (videos) of cakes they've done:
I have only one complaint about this book: it needed a better editor. There are just a few too many typos to be easily overlooked in my opinion.

But still, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and have already passed it on to my husband to read, as he is a fan of the show as well. (And honestly? I don't think he'll notice the typos.)

This book is a must for any fan of Ace of Cakes (the show). It's one I'll enjoy keeping on hand to share with friends and family.

15 comments:

bermudaonion said...

Carl loves this show, so I bet he would love this book!

Nicole (Linus's Blanket) said...

I have never seen this show, but this does sound like quite a feat and something I would like to see just because of all the pretty pictures.

Amused said...

I LOVE Ace of Cakes! We watch it all the time! I'll have to keep an eye out for this book!

Allie said...

I will definitely have to pick up a copy of this. Ace of Cakes is one of my favorite shows. Thanks for the great review!

Alyce said...

How fun! We love watching the Ace of Cakes show!

Amanda said...

That is great! I've never heard of the show but I love the Cake Wrecks website. Thanks for posting the video. Too cool.

Heather J. said...

bermudaonion - I'm sure he would!

Nicole - It is a LOT of fun to watch.

Amused & Allie & Alyce - You would definitely appreciate this book!

Amanda - You should check out the show - I'm sure you'd love it.

TexasRed said...

I love this show & already drooled over the book in the bookstore!

Beth F said...

I'll have to look for this at the library -- I'm a fan of the show too.

Anna said...

I love Ace of Cakes, so I'll have to check out this book at some point. Did you see the episode in which they were creating the cakes for the book?

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric

Heather J. said...

TexasRed & Beth F - YAY!

Anna - No, I missed that one! Must keep an eye out for it.

~Mary said...

I LOVE DUFF!!! This will be AWESOME!
Love the show and think they are so fun.

christa @ mental foodie said...

Definitely add it to TBR!!! Thanks for letting me know about his book :)

Heather J. said...

~Mary - I know, right?!

christa - I hope you can find a copy!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Sounds like such fun!

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