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Zingerman's Bakehouse Celebrate Every Day

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I've been intrigued by Zingerman's ever since I visited them in Ann Abor years ago, and I always look forward to their cookbooks. This book follows the structure of a calendar year and the holidays and other occasions that warrant a special bake. Springtime includes Oh So A-Peel-ing Banana Bread for Earth Day , and Run for the Roses Pie for Kentucky Derby Day. Summer offerings feature S Blueberry Buckle for Memorial Day and Cosmic Cakes for the last day of school (I love the idea of making something special for these smaller celebrations!). For fall there's Bumble Rye Cake and Bialy for Yom Kippur and Oktoberfest Bavarian Soft Pretzels and 5 O’Clock Cheddar Ale Soup. And during the winter, bake up French King Cake for Epiphany and New Orleans King Cake for Mardi Gras.

There's a lot of variety in this book, and plenty of options for dishes other than baked goods. Recommended for all bakers who enjoy baking their way through the calendar.

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This was a great cookbook with beautiful photos, clear instructions, and recipes the whole family will love! I tried many of the recipes and loved them, so this is one I look forward to adding to my shelf. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for early access.

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I don't often get an opportunity to travel to Zingermans, and their prices are somewhat steep, so imagine my delight when I had the chance to review their Bakehouse cookbook. This volume is positively stuffed with delectable desserts, pleasing pastries, captivating cakes, and beautiful breads. It's a must for anyone who loves to bake.

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I have tried several of these recipes and they are wonderful!! The directions are clear and easy to follow and the resulting bake is absolutely delicious. I loved the collection of recipes and the photos are gorgeous. This is truly a must buy for a home baker!
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This is a really awesome cookbook with a variety of recipes. The recipes are sorted by season, events and holidays making it really easy to find a recipe for a specific event or holiday. My favorite recipes are Caramel Apple Cake, Pumpkin Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting and the Banana Cream Pie. I would recommend this! Special Thank You to Amy Emberling, Lindsay-Jean Hard, Lee Vedder, and Corynn Coscia, Chronicle Books and NetGalley for allowing me to read a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Look to add a new cookbook to your collection. Well, look no further Zingerman's Celebrate Every Day cookbook has something for everyone from sweet tooth to something savory and warm for winter.

You get a book with easy-to-follow recipes, pictures, helpful ingredient substitutions, and more.

I loved the cheddar herb scones so much that I plan on buying the book to keep in my collection.

Thank you, Netgalley for the loan to review this awsome cookbook.

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I assumed this would be just a baking cookbook (bake house is in the name lol) but I was wrong. This has all sorts of recipes! The paella and the matzo ball soup grabbed me right away!

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This book organizes recipes by holidays in the calendar year, attempting to correlate them with cultural traditions. Contrary to the title, all sorts of recipes are included, such as stews, main dishes, breads and desserts. The photos seem a bit on the brown-ish hues, a bit less colorful than I'd like to see. But a full page photo of each recipe is included, which is a big plus in my mind.

The recipes are accompanied with background information about the cultural connections. Many of them seem quite lengthy, which is less appealing to me. But, I did find a recipe for Nanaimo Bars, my absolute favorite dessert of all time, so I may have to try that one! Others that were appealing included a Hungarian bean soup, cheddar herb scones, and a recipe for burger buns that look exactly like the ones my mom makes. I'd say this book would be a nice complement to a well-stocked kitchen library as it has some unique recipes that wouldn't be found elsewhere.

I received this advance review copy from the publisher and NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

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Thank you for allowing me to read the advanced readers copy of this cookbook! I found many recipes I know my family will love and I can't wait to bake them!

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I love baking and always want to try out new recipes, especially for different holidays. I really enjoyed reading through the techniques and history of the of how each baked item came to be used as part of the holiday celebration. I was hesitant to try a couple techniques but figured I would trust the professionals and I was surprised when a technique I thought was a little unappealing turned into the best banana bread I've ever made. The photos used where also inspiring. Highly recommend for anyone that likes to bake!

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This is a great compilation of recipes for all celebrations and occasions. From your basic cookies to babka and more, this cookbook has you covered with all of the classic recipes you want to know. It's creative and colorful and includes lovely images of some of the bakes.

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Oh man this book was so yummy I definitely want a hard copy of this. There were so many recipes and beautiful photos I was blown away by recipes for Juneteenth and other cultural holidays. I feel like I’m an intermediate baker and these recipes are easy enough for a beginner or any level baker . I would love to one day be able to go and buy products from this bakery based off of this book. Thank you for letting me read it and I look forward to more

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I always wanted to take a class here while living in Michigan. But if you cant visit you can learn how to bake just like a popular bakery does for its customers then this is the cookbook for you! From the simple to the outlandish, this cookbook offers recipes for every occasion, big or small. Looking for a Christmas gift for a baker ? Buy this cookbook

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You NEED this cookbook. Beautifully photographed, it’s one of the few that I’ve reviewed and not complained about the insufficient placement of photos. Rest assured. This one has a bunch!

Food is arranged by seasons, starting with Spring and a scrumptious looking and very doable Pavlova. Seriously, I think I can make this one. I love Pavlova and the recipes are always too difficult to even attempt, but not this time.

Sweet-lovers, there are TWO different types of King Cake! Not only that, but in the same section, there is a great recipe to make my own version of Chicago style pizza. If this works, it will pay for the cost of the cookbook. It looks very similar to my favorite place in Chicago, so I’m giving it a try.

This book is all win. Sweet, savory, and all delicious and ready for us to give it a try.

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I have never been to Ann Arbor, Michigan, but I am a long time reader of the Zingerman’s catalog. I’ve even ordered bread from the Bakehouse, back before I was a more confident baker. I have very warm feelings for Zingerman’s Bakehouse. Zingerman’s Bakehouse: Celebrate Every Day lives up to those warm feelings. It’s so friendly. In the introduction, Bakehouse Managing Partner Amy Emberling talked about how the cookbook came to be, both the inspiration and the process. I love that it is a pandemic baby born from a need to bolster and nourish community and it’s creation is an act of collaboration.

Under normal circumstances I would have tried a whole bunch of these recipes before writing a review. But this summer was deadly hot and there was constant fear that the Texas electrical grid would fail. So soup and baking weren’t terribly appealing. On top of that my oven wasn’t working and we decided to put off repair until late September. As soon as I had a working oven I immediately started making the Bakehouse White Bread. Naturally I screwed up the first batch by adding too much milk, but the bread was still delicious. The second attempt, with a more careful follow of directions, yield a lovely loaf of bread that would be perfect for grilled cheese sandwiches. It was so perfect for sandwiches in general that it didn’t last long enough for a grilled cheese experiment.

The book is divided by season and celebration. My Summer started in May and is still going (it’s 94 degrees Fahrenheit non the 4th of October), so seasons are a state of mind. My birthday happened recently, and I love gingerbread more than anything, so I made the Gingerbread Coffee Cake suggested for the first day of winter. I loved it. I confess that I added more ginger powder, I am a ginger fiend. I loved the dimensions of flavor that the orange juice and coffee added. I didn’t have a chance to get a hold of long pepper, so I added fresh ground black pepper instead.

Celebrate Every Day is a perfect cookbook for gift giving. Do be aware that it doesn’t have many gluten free or vegan recipes if that is a dietary concern.

I received this as an advance reader copy from Chronicle Books and NetGalley. My opinions are my own, freely and honestly given.

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I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This recipe book does not disappoint. We are coming into the holiday season which is also prime baking season. The instructions are detailed and easy to follow. I can't wait to get baking with my daughter. Many of these recipes will be getting a permanent place at our holiday celebrations.

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Zingerman’s Bakehouse was started in 1992 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and has been a popular place for artisan bakery specialties. Anyone who wants to duplicate some of these mouthwatering items will want to pick up Zingerman's Bakehouse Celebrate Every Day: A Year's Worth of Favorite Recipes for Festive Occasions, Big and Small, an excellent cookbook by Amy Emberlingis the managing partner and master baker at Zingerman’s Bakehouse, with help from co-authors Lindsay-Jean Hard, Lee Vedder, and Corynn Cosica. This excellent cookbook includes recipes to serve for celebrations throughout the year.

The information on the history of Zingerman’s Bakehouse is interesting, and the recipes are amazing and very appealing. They are presented in the standard manner, with the ingredients listed in order first, followed by step-by-step instructions, making it possible for everyone – beginning to advanced cooking abilities – to prepare the recipes with picture-perfect results. There are also notes and comments at the beginning of each recipe that are fun and helpful.

One of the best things about this cookbook is that there are beautiful, professional photographs of almost every recipe, making it difficult to decide just what to make next.

All told, this excellent cookbook is one that is fun to read cover to cover, and is one that will inspire bakers to bake for holidays and regular days throughout the year. Those who aren’t lucky enough to live near a Zingerman’s Bakehouse will want to make these yummy treats at home.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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Zingerman's Bakehouse is a well-rounded cookbook that is organized by seasons. Each recipe comes with a beautiful photo and a story, most of recipes have pantry-ready ingredients and straight-forward instructions for all-level of bakers and cooks. This cookbook covers not only sweets but also savory dishes, and from easy to advanced-level of foods as well, so you can try out wide level of recipes.

This cookbook truly has a little bit of everything and you'll never get bored. I love all the beautiful photographs and with the season change right now, I can hardly wait to start baking with this book. Starting with OMG Chocolate Cupcakes!

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I wanted to love this cookbook, but it was middle-of-the road, nothing special or memorable, for me. Unfortunately, compared to other titles--especially other cookbooks--released this fall, it's just not a stellar one that stands out in the crowd.

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If you have never been to Zingerman's Bakehouse in Arbor, Michigan, you absolutely must go (and eat!). In the meantime, have fun sampling delicious recipes from a brand new cookbook, ZINGERMAN'S BAKEHOUSE CELEBRATE EVERY DAY by Amy Emberling, Lindsay-Jean Hard, Lee Vedder, and Corynn Coscia. The four authors each adopted a season in order to include "A Year's Worth of Favorite Recipes for Festive Occasions, Big and Small." The photographs by E. E. Berger are stunning – and there are more of them (roughly a hundred) than recipes (about 80) so this is a visual feast as well as one sure to please the palate. Recipes are detailed with fairly lengthy ingredient lists, but the results are so creative and special, that it will truly be a joy to experiment with the ideas here. Examples include Key Lime Pie, The Works Grilled Cheese Sandwich, or Hot Cross Buns for Spring and Blueberry Buckle or Fresh Fruit Tart (plus a couple of Paella choices) for Summer. Fall may be my favorite with Bavarian Soft Pretzels, Kickin' Butternut Soup, Pumpkin Cheesecake and Michigan Double Chocolate Cookies, but Winter has plenty to offer, too: Pfeffernűsse, two versions of King Cake, and West African Peanut Stew or Zingerman's Deli Chicken Pot Pies. And that is just a few from each season – don’t they all sound yummy?

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