Baked Elements by Matt Lewis

Baked Elements

In their third cookbook, Baked Elements: The Importance of Being Baked in 10 Favorite Ingredients, acclaimed authors Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito present 75 inventive new recipes revolving solely around their 10 most-loved ingredients—from peanut butter and caramel to malt and booze. Lewis and Poliafito celebrate these favorite elements—chocolate, for instance, or bananas—baking each one into a variety of delicious cookies, bars, cakes, ...

Details Baked Elements

TitleBaked Elements
Release DateSep 1st, 2012
PublisherHarry N. Abrams
GenreFood and Drink, Cookbooks, Cooking, Food, Nonfiction

Reviews Baked Elements

  • Allison
    Haven't baked anything from this yet, but I really love the way it's set up. There were a number of recipes that had me salivating. I was surprised because I got the first Baked book out of the library several times and I couldn't ever really get excited about more than a few recipes. I wanted to like it more than I actually did. I also liked that I can skip whole sections if they feature ingredients I don't like (hello banana!). And though I hat...
  • KatieDMD
    I am a huge fan of these chefs and their writing style. They are quirky and interesting and clearly know their way around simple, classic ingredients. I own their first cookbook Baked, and really enjoyed the range of recipes, particularly the bars. Baked Elements takes all of the best parts of their first cookbook and presents a refreshing, new take on the world's best ingredients: lemon, chocolate, banana, pumpkin, caramel, peanut butter, booze,...
  • Kristen Gillette
    I share these 10 favorite ingredients with authors Lewis and Poliafito, because they really are the scrummiest. The Pumpkin Almond Cake is a win-win-winner. You won't want to waste all your extra pumpkin on any other recipes. A boozy champion is the Whiskey Peach Upside-Down Cake, which deserves high acolades in the form whiskey whipped cream dollops. I am working my way up to what I see as the ultimate Baked Elements cake: the Bananas Cake, a co...
  • Sarah
    I really liked the format of this one, with every chapter focused on a different ingredient. But-- I wanted MORE! Is that selfish? Maybe fewer chapters, more recipes for each flavor. Regardless, it's a gorgeous book, funny and clearly laid out and with great pictures, and it's going to keep me busy in the kitchen for some time.
  • Nora
    Dive into decadenceI found the writer adorably sweet. The recipes are appealing except for the fudge as I am a fudge snob, and the photos luscious. Why not 5stars?For me it was liking at my own sugar junky issues. I liked it too much.
  • Kristy
    Yummmm. Organized by ingredient, such as caramel, citrus, etc.
  • Rachel
    As I enjoyed their first cookbook "Baked," this one has been on my to-read list for awhile. This one is even better than the first one. Lewis and Poliafito take ten of the best ingredients: peanut butter, lemon/lime, caramel, booze, pumpkin, malted milk powder, cinnamon, cheese, chocolate and banana and make some pretty amazing desserts. I enjoyed all the little factoids at the beginning of each section. I was surprised that I didn't much care fo...
  • Sylvia
    Every time they come out with a new cookbook, we can't help thinking about our visit to their bakery. Their desserts are that good. They're memorable. They're delicious. You're probably familiar with them now that Williams-Sonoma carries a lot of their products. But do pick up their books and try baking from scratch! What are the ten featured ingredients in this book? Peanut Butter, Lemon and Lime, Caramel, Booze, Pumpkin, Malted Milk Powder, Cin...
  • Yasmine Alfouzan
    Third book from the American Bakery, "Baked". Format is unique. Chapters are grouped by central ingredients: Peanut Butter, Pumpkin, Cinnamon.. Etc. To be honest, I always get their cookbooks because of how beautiful the photos look. It pleases the food photographer in me. Their recipes are not a 100% and are always lacking... Except for the Brownie recipe in the first book. It's the best brownie I've ever had.
  • Tara
    I’m working my way through this book (have completed the spicy brownies and poppy seed pound cake) and as always with Baked books, the results are perfect. And the text is short and sweet (so to speak). Beautiful photography that makes one want to eat dessert all day. What more do you want from a cookbook?
  • Love & Flour
    I did not immediately seek this book out because I was confused by the title. Baked Elements? I thought it was about the building blocks of baking, like baking soda or something. It's really a compilation of recipes focused on 10 individual ingredients. For example, there is a pumpkin chapter, a peanut butter chapter, a banana chapter, etc. I love that idea!
  • Jocelin
    So many yummy desserts in this cookbook. I totally want to try the Easy Candy Bar Tart; it looked so yummy and delicious. There was one funny recipe in here: Lacy Panty cookies ( really naughty, but funny). If you are an avid baker this is the book for you.
  • Amanda
    I would give this 4.5 stars if I could - would be a full five, but I think it needs more pictures.It took me a little bit to get into this one...I'm not a huge fan of malted milk powder or (strangely enough) peanut butter. But then I hit cinnamon and I was sold.
  • Megan
    When I first perused this book a couple of years ago, I didn't care much for it. After re-reading it recently, however, a lot of the recipes sound delicious. They're not pretentious, and sound like elevated home-y, comforting goods. I can't wait to bake some of them!
  • Erin
    I love the way this book is organized by favorite ingredients vs. type of meal. The photography is gorgeous and the recipes look divine. This is a cookbook I would love to own someday.
  • Kylie Briggs
    carrot cake with cinnamon cream cheese frosting - 3.5 stars - a good cake but it did not bake in the time allotted. Twenty minutes later it still hadn't baked through
  • Jenn
    very fun cookbook! I especially loved the BOOZE chapter!
  • Louisa
  • lisa
    I wish there were even more pictures in here! I'm excited to try these recipes.
  • Amanda Johnson
    Informative, entertaining, and the Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Scones sitting on my kitchen counter right now are very tasty.
  • Linda
    Always love the design and format of their cookbooks. The stunning photos and layout make you want to try all the recipes. Particularly like the premise of this one: their 10 fave ingredients.
  • Mary Lynn
    Love these guys. A tiny bit Brooklyn hipster high-brow but in the nicest possible way.
  • Michael
    Excellent reference with such a unique approach. Just simply well done!!
  • Wendy Thomas
    Easy recipes that are very time-consuming but well worth it!!!
  • Sandie
    Another winner. the easy candy bar tart is divine