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#57: Cake Boss: Stories and Recipes from Mia Famiglia - Buddy Valastro

Synopsis & Book Info:
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.

Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Free Press
ISBN: 9781439183519
Purchase at Amazon


My Opinion:
I'm a faithful Cake Boss viewer, and entered just about every contest I saw for this book. When I won, I hit the roof! Really, I was blown away and totally stoked!!
If you read my blog , you know I love all things Italian, so I knew the recipes would be suited to my tastes.
And I was totally right! They are!
I decided to make the hubby's favorite cookie, Tarelles. His mom makes them every year at Christmas, so it was nice to have them now.
I tell you, makes about 40 cookies, and they`re almost gone already. I just cleaned the kitchen an hour ago... you figure it out.
They were just as good as mama makes!
And the smile on my hubby`s face, I knew I did good. Being a mungie, if you out there don`t know... it means I`m not Italian, please don`t be offended, I`m not.... that made me feel good to bring him a piece of home.
Okay now let me talk a minute about the touching stories behind the book. It was nice to know even more than what they show revealed. And I saw a look into a happy family that made it in a hard world by sticking together. I think that`s a message we all could stand to hear sometimes.
Definitely a new favorite for some many reasons! Now go get yours, don`t fuhgeddaboudit!

Tarelles (Vanilla Cookies) - Page 160


Recommend? Yes!!!!

~I won my copy. I was not compensated for my opinion.~


  1. Glad you finally won a copy. This sounds like it goes beyond the usual cookbook and gets into family details, I have to take a look.
    Those cookies look delicious.

  2. I love Cake Boss.
    Being Hispanic, I can relate to the strong sense of family Italians have. They fight hard, but they love hard. Great review. I must get this book.


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