Sweet Tooth

Gesine Bullock-Prado’s cookbook Sugar Baby is a fantastic tome of all things sweet. It’s one of those cookbooks that are full of recipes but you can also read like a book. She separates the chapters based on temperature, because as she teaches you, sugar does totally different things and takes completely different forms depending on the temperature to which you heat it. From rock candy to macarons, simple syrup to pastry cream, Gesine gives detailed instructions on how to make the most delicious and pretty confections. She also makes you want to hang out with her-and not just for the sake of eating all of her amazing creations. She seems so fun, her writing style is seriously entertaining, and her passion for all things sweet really shines through. Plus the book is definitely one of the prettiest that I own. So inspiring-makes me want to run out and get a candy thermometer!

Front cover with cotton candy and macarons

The table of contents showing you what sugar will become based on temperature

Back cover. Fun fact: Gesine is actually Sandra Bullock’s sister! She looks so happy- I would be too with that handful of sugar!
YUM-rock candy

YUM-Parisian macarons-need to work up the courage to try this out!

Creme brulee-one of my favs! With that hard sugar shell on top…drooling.
 
Fruit gummis-mmmm
 
The Guimauve-aka, pretty pink marshmallows.
Gesine seems really cool. She used to work as a big shot executive in Hollywood, but she left to follow her passion and open The Gesine Confectionary in Vermont. How AWESOME is that? I want to live in Vermont and run a confectionary! She writes about it in her first book, My Life from Scratch: A Sweet Journey of Starting Over, One Cake at a Time, and also on  her blog. I highly recommend Sugar Baby if you’re interested in a different take on a baking cookbook-this is the first one I’ve come across that deals exclusively with sugar work, and I found it to be unique and enlightening!
photos taken by Jackie for York Avenue

9 comments

  1. Jackie {York Avenue} says: December 2, 2011

    Alexa, I know I haven't seen it since I was a kid! It's definitely one of the easier recipes in there, no candy thermometer necessary 🙂

  2. Megan says: December 2, 2011

    I want to make those gummis!!

    I love dessert/baking books… even though I hardly ever bake, it's so fun to look at all the pictures and get inspired (mainly inspired to eat) 🙂

  3. Sally Guidry says: December 2, 2011

    Jackie,
    I love your blog posts! I think I found you because of a comment you left on someone else's blog…. How I found mostly all of the blogs I follow.
    I was intrigued because I live on York Avenue- ha!
    You don't disappoint!

  4. Jackie {York Avenue} says: December 2, 2011

    Megan: Haha, yes very inspiring. Since I don't have a candy thermometer yet it inspired me to eat a Snickers bar…not exactly what the author had in mind I'm sure!

    Sally: Thank you SO much! That is so sweet, you made my day..and we're neighbors! Funny 🙂

  5. Dorothy says: December 2, 2011

    ohhhh yummy for everything. Can you make all of these and bring them home????

  6. Grace - Stripes and Sequins says: December 2, 2011

    yum.. this post just made me really hungry!!

  7. Michelle ~ Make Life Pretty says: December 2, 2011

    Thank you for visiting me! I saw this book at the bookstore and was stunned by the amazing pictures in it! I'm a pretty experienced baker, but candy is something I haven't tried…yet.

  8. Al says: December 2, 2011

    Oooo now THIS look like my kind of cookbook. Except for the fact that when I eat candy I like to think that sugar doesn't go into it. But when you're making it, it's probably an unavoidable fact. Still, looks cool! Let's make rock candy!

    I LOVE her backstory. I hope I have a story like that one day ;-p

    Al

  9. Amy says: December 4, 2011

    That rock candy looks unbelievable!!!!! And the creme brulee….. DROOL. I have a candy thermometer but always manage to convince myself it's too hard to use it. That needs to change! Yum

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