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Tea breads and coffeecakes
Alston, Elizabeth.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Harper & Row, [1991]

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xix, 87 pages ; 19 cm
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TX771 .A494 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Easy-to-make breads and cakes to expand every home cook's repertoire.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Concentrating on complex carbohydrates, Alston offers up her fourth cookbook on--what else?--tea breads and coffee cakes. With stints as food editor at Redbook and Woman's Day, she's more than qualified to expound on how to follow a recipe and measure ingredients and to explain what allspice and zante currants are. The 35 recipes, for the most part, are uncomplicated, requiring no sifting and no yeast, and they lean more toward the sweet than the plain. Covering breakfast, dessert, and midday snacks, from spicy upside-down sausage cornbread to intense chocolate tea bread, these recipes dabble in almost every taste known to humankind. ~--Barbara Jacobs

Publisher's Weekly Review

This slender volume by the food editor of Woman's Day offers a welcome antidote to the recent spate of baking books glorifying decadent desserts. Defining tea breads and coffeecakes as ``homey baked goods that need no frosting or buttercream filling,'' Alston turns out easily prepared, not-too-sweet fare that can grace a breakfast table as well as an afternoon party. Most recipes are low in sugar and fat (with many accompanied by virtually fat-free variations) and tend to feature fruits, nuts and whole grains, but several recipes calling for chocolate may appease a pronounced sweet tooth. The author's directions are abundantly clear, and where she includes techniques for the food processor Alston supplies alternate instructions for hand or blender preparation. A section on baking fundamentals will embolden beginners, but accomplished bakers won't want to miss clever tips for pitting cherries with a paper clip and incorporating olive oil in favorite cakes. Illustrations not seen by PW. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

A small but enticing collection from the author of Biscuits and Scones ( LJ 5/15/88) and Muffins (Crown, 1984). The ritual of tea time seems to be undergoing a revival at the moment, while the coffee break has never gone out of style, and most home bakers will want to try some of Alston's breads, coffeecakes, and kuchens. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.