Cake Boss: Stories and Recipes from Mia Famiglia

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Simon and Schuster, May 3, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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In this heartfelt memoir, master baker and star of the #1 hit TLC show, Buddy Valastro tells his inspiring story—and recounts his family’s warm memories from a lifetime of living, loving, and cake making.

Television viewers have fallen in love with Buddy Valastro, master cake maker, and his funny and fiery family, proprietors of Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey, on the smash hit TLC series Cake Boss. Now, to coincide with Carlo’s 100th anniversary, cake designer extraordinaire Buddy Valastro brings together his passion for baking and his high-energy family stories in the pages of this charming, heartwarming book—complete with 25 recipes and tips that will make every reader the “cake boss” of their own kitchen.

Buddy’s beautifully designed cakes are the stuff of legend—and so is the remarkable story of his father, a beloved pillar of the community and himself a talented baker who set the stage for his family’s rise to the pinnacle of their industry. Cake Boss recounts the story of Buddy’s life and of his family’s bakeshop, originally established in 1910 and now a Hoboken, New Jersey, landmark and culinary tourist destination. Here also are twenty-five recipes for Carlo’s Bakery’s most sought-after pastries, pies, cupcakes, and cakes, an irresistible combination of time-tested old-world recipes and modern creations, all founded on a rock-solid “old-school” baking foundation and classic techniques.

This is the incredible true story of how Carlo’s Bakery came to be, how one hard-working family realized their patriarch’s dream of making their beloved bake shop a household name. The special bond and loving dynamic of the Valastro clan make this an uncommonly touching and truly inspiring memoir.


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User Review  - Carolee888 - LibraryThing

The cover of the book shows a beaming Buddy Valastro holding a beautiful three tied filigree style cake in front of his store. My husband and I never miss an episode of the Cake Boss. Not only do we ... Read full review

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User Review  - NewsieQ - LibraryThing

Cake Boss is one of my favorite “reality” television shows – and I enjoy watching the family interactions as much as his fabulous cakes. In this book, the boss himself tells the story of his family ... Read full review


1Coming to America
2The Prince of Pastry
3Education of a Cake Boss
4Calling Saint Anthony
5Big Shoes
6Making My Mark
7Polishing the Diamond
Cookies and Pastries
Carlos Cakes and Cupcakes
Cake Cupcake Filling and Frosting Recipes
Frostings and Filling

8Brides and Grooms and Sweet Little Things
9Ready for Our Closeup
Cookies Pastries Pies Cakes and Cupcakes

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About the author (2011)

Buddy Valastro is the star of the hit TLC show Cake Boss and owner/master baker of Carlo’s Bake Shop in Hoboken, New Jersey, and author of the bestseller, CAKE BOSS: Stories and Recipes from Mia Famiglia. His award-winning designs have been featured numerous times in various bridal and baking magazines. His cakes have also been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today, Good Morning America, and The View.

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