An interview with Rose Levy Beranbaum

Rose Levy BeranbaumEYB Members love Rose Levy Beranbaum's baking books. Rose has been called the "Diva of Desserts" and "the most meticulous cook who ever lived." 

Rose's first book, The Cake Bible, was the 1989 winner of the IACP/Seagram Book of the Year and the NASFT Showcase Award for the cookbook that has contributed most to educating the consumer about specialty foods. A culinary best-seller, The Cake Bible is currently in its 52nd printing. It was listed by the James Beard Foundation as one of the top 13 baking books on "the Essential Book List," and was included in 101 Classic Cookbooks.

Now Rose can add another accolade to the list for her classic tome - it is the 2017 inductee into the IACP Cookbook Hall of Fame. Just after this news was announced, the blog The Secret Ingredient interviewed Rose about this latest honor

When asked about why she decided to write the cookbook, Rose said she was "frustrated by baking books that listed several recipes for the same cake or buttercream but didn't explain what the results would be." She also wanted a repository for all of the recipes she had created for her business, Cordon Rose, and she wanted to share them with people "to empower them to reproduce them."

In the years that have passed since she wrote this book, Rose has changed the way she bakes somewhat. One of the first to embrace weights in a cookbook, Rose now is delighted that more cookbooks have adopted weight measurements and that grams are taking the lead over ounces. She thinks the biggest accomplishment from the book was her innovative technique for butter layer cakes "of mixing all the dry ingredients together, mixing in one quarter of the liquid, and then mixing in the remaining liquid and eggs in three parts," noting that this is not only easier, but also "results in a more tender and even cake." You can read the full Q&A on The Secret Ingredient website.  

Rose is one of the authors we have produced a complete recipe index for - from her books, magazine articles and her blog.

2 Comments

  • RoseLevyBeranbaum  on  3/19/2017 at 9:15 AM

    Thank you Darcie for this great synopsis and feature. You've managed to weave the most significant elements of the Secret Ingredient interview into a lovely preview! It was my dream one day to have my whole body of work accessible in one place and I feel truly blessed by this gift from Eat Your Books.

  • Creative.Juices  on  4/29/2017 at 12:19 AM

    Rose deserves ever last accolade she receives. The Cake Bible introduced me to the necessity of meticulousness when baking. I'm not naturally a meticulous person, but I do want to succeed in my efforts. I read it like a novel, highlighting my way from cover-to-cover, absorbing every bit of advice she offered, wishing I had been brave enough to approach her at one of her book signings (for Rose's Christmas Cookies, I believe). It was as if I'd gone to baking school! I was fearless in my attitude, even daring to try my hand at fondant from scratch! With her instructions; easy-peasy! :) Now, if only I could find time to work my way through A Passion For Chocolate! So SO many skills to acquire!

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