James Beard's Recipe Box: Myrtle Allen’s Brown Bread

Welcome to our maiden voyage into James Beard's Recipe Box, where JBF editors and guest writers will report on their experiences preparing recipes from James Beard's timeless cookbooks. Our first contributor is Moira Campbell, who attempts Myrtle Allen's brown bread from Beard on Bread. (If she inspires you to give this bread a shot, you can find the recipe here.) Beard on BreadThe thought of making my own bread takes me back to culinary school, where I studied with a Swiss master baker. He taught me how to feed a sourdough starter, slice baguettes with a razor, and to be patient—very, very patient. But what if I wanted to make my own delicious bread in a few hours, minus the time-consuming proofing, rising, and steaming? James Beard was going to teach me how. My copy of the simply titled

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The Bookshelf: The Curious Case of Amy’s Amazing Pink Cake

cake_200x250It was a few years ago that our colleague Phyllis first told us about the incredible pink-frosted cake she had at Amy’s Bread. I have to admit, we were a little skeptical. Cake? From Amy’s Bread? But several years later, the nostalgia-inducing, pink-frosted yellow cake with its delicate crumb has become our unofficial office birthday cake. Curiously, we've tried other colors of cake from Amy’s, and while good, none of them measures up in terms of moistness to the cakes with the pink frosting. How can the color of the frosting affect the moisture content of a cake, we’ll wonder as we take just another “sliver” and lick our plastic forks clean? Now that we have the recipe from The Sweeter Side of Amy’s Bread, our current theory is that the fondant that Amy adds to her pink frosting seals in the cake’s moisture. To confirm, we’ll ask Amy, herself

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