02 February 2019

Weekend Cooking: Bake Like a Pro by Falynn Koch

Review of Who Can? You Can! Maker Comics: Bake Like a Pro! by Falynn KochI'm a big fan of First Second comics, and I'm always looking through their catalog for new titles. I nearly whooped out loud when I saw Falynn Koch's Who Can? You Can! Maker Comics: Bake Like a Pro! (out on February 5). I mean, a cookbook and a comic? Yay!

The book starts out like a graphic novel, as a graduating class from the Wizard Academy gets sorted into their apprenticeships. Our young hero, Sage, gets assigned to Alchemist and Baking Wizard Korian (yes, I love the names!).

Sage is upset because she wanted to learn magic. After all, what magic was there in baking, especially when almost everyone knows how to cast an instant cake spell? She, of course, learns that a lot of magic goes on in a kitchen.

After a rocky start and and a change in attitude, Sage learns the five main baking methods and discovers what happens when different ingredients are mixed in different ways.

Review of Who Can? You Can! Maker Comics: Bake Like a Pro! by Falynn KochBoy, Bake Like a Pro was so much more than I thought it would be. Yes, this comic is a learn to bake book, made fun with the addition of talking ingredients and colorful and helpful drawings. However, it is also a book on the science of baking.

Ever wonder what happens when your ingredients are the wrong temperature? Perhaps you noticed that gingerbread cookies don't spread the way chocolate chip cookies do. Why is that? Or maybe you're curious about the difference between a biscuit and scone. Bake Like a Pro has the answers. You don't just learn to make a pizza crust, you learn two different ways to bake your crust and how each affects the outcome.

I've read through the book once, and I guarantee that I'll be reading it again--several times more. I consider myself a fairly experienced baker, and I still learned a lot. There is so much great information, presented in an entertaining way, that new and experienced bakers alike will fall in love. For example, I just adore the butter art (at right; click to enlarge), especially that melty guy on the right.

Review of Who Can? You Can! Maker Comics: Bake Like a Pro! by Falynn KochThe scan to the left is the first page of the sponge cake section. Again, you'll have to click to enlarge the image, but it shows you how technical information is presented right along with the practical how-tos and gives you another look at the great artwork.

By the way, recipes are presented in a more traditional way at the back of the book, so you don't have to read through the panels each time you set out to bake from the book.

The target audience is supposed to middle grade readers, but I'm telling you, Falynn Koch's Bake Like a Pro is for all kinds of curious bakers. Young or old, new to the kitchen or an old hand, this book will encourage you to get out ingredients and equipment, read through a recipe, preheat the oven, and commence stirring or kneading, baking and--best of all--eating!

Thanks to First Second for the digital copy of How to Bake Like Pro. The scans are used here in the context of a review, and all rights remain with the original copyright holder.

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rhapsodyinbooks 2/2/19, 6:05 AM  

This sounds excellent! I just added it to my request list at the library - can't wait to find out the answers to all those teasers you posed!

jama 2/2/19, 7:25 AM  

Looks like a lot of fun with substantial baking info mixed in. Will definitely be checking this one out!

bermudaonion 2/2/19, 8:26 AM  

I love their graphic novels and want to read this one!

Jackie McGuinness 2/2/19, 10:10 AM  

I miss my baking pantry but I'll be fine...

This sounds interesting and fun.

gluten Free A_Z Blog 2/2/19, 10:19 AM  

I used to love comic books when I was young! What a fun way to learn to bake!

Mae Travels 2/2/19, 11:47 AM  

That sounds like a good gift for a new cook. I used to get people cookbooks as wedding presents, but times have changed and so have weddings.

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Karen 2/2/19, 12:17 PM  

What a clever idea! Although all I can think of is how much fun AND challenging it would've been to edit/proofread!

Deb in Hawaii 2/2/19, 12:20 PM  

This looks like such a fun way to learn baking tips. I'll definitely look for it at my library. Thanks for sharing! ;-)

Aj @ Read All The Things! 2/3/19, 9:32 PM  

This sounds like a fun, educational book. Thanks for sharing it!

Aj @ Read All The Things!

Shaheen 2/8/19, 1:13 PM  

I'd have picked this book up if I saw it.

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