Thursday, 11 February 2010
I was passing time in a popular bookshop while waiting for a train, when I came upon this little volume:
Attracted by cake (as always) I picked it up to have a flick. But there was something not quite right:
Almost a quarter of the pages were affected like this; clearly the big book-slicing machine wasn't perfectly aligned.
Well, I wasn't willing to pay full-price for a defective book, and it was the only copy in the store. Even a 10% discount (which is what most shops tend to offer for slightly-imperfect products) wouldn't be enough to make up for the work I'd have to do in cutting the pages. I toyed with the idea of just putting it back, but eventually plucked up the courage to ask at the counter. After I explained the situation to the assistant, and got him to look at the book, he said he could knock £2 off.
40% off? I don't mind if I do!
I've only tried out one of the cake recipes so far (a slightly-dry sachertorte), but the reason I particularly wanted to mention this book is for the benefit of anyone thinking of getting started with sugarcraft. If that's you, you should go out and buy a copy. In the decorating section at the front of this book there are step-by-step guides to almost everything I learnt in my second-year sugarcraft course, and most of what the third-years were studying, too. Plus there are loads of pretty cake designs which you could use for inspiration.
Disclaimer: I am in no way associated with the author or publishers of this book.