Food Blogger Cookbook Swap – Sugarbaby

Sugarbaby by Gesine Bullock-Prado

Sometimes your blogging friends have the coolest ideas…

I have quite the sweet tooth, so I was thrilled to receive a copy of Sugarbaby by Gesine Bullock-Prado as part of the Food Blogger Cookbook Swap organized by Alyssa of Everyday Maven and Faith of An Edible Mosaic.  I received the book from Karen of Kitchen Treaty.  I love the premise of Karen’s blog.  She’s a vegetarian who entered a ‘kitchen treaty’ with her meat-eating husband.  Instead of cooking two separate meals, she finds a way to make two-in-one dishes that satisfy them both.

Sugarbaby, unlike most books about sweets, does not focus on baking.  Sure, many of the recipes will have you turning on the oven to bake Italian-method macarons, salted dulce de leche cupcakes or (sigh) NOLA praline custard bread pudding.  The one tool you need to truly enjoy the recipes in this book is a candy thermomether. The recipes are organized not by type, but rather by the sugar stages or temperatures the different confections are heated to.  The cookbook begins with simple syrups (thread stage) and works its way to the hard-crack candy stage.  A final section combines many of the confections featured through the books as the centerpiece or accent to a full recipe.  For example, the NOLA pralines from the soft-ball stage chapter find their way into Gesine’s version of île flottante and to the bourbon flavored bread pudding.

Candy Thermometers to make recipes from Sugarbaby

These are some of the recipes I’ll definitely be taking a crack at:

Do you have a copy of the book?  Any favorite confections?  Any tricks for not getting burned?  Share away at the comments!

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Want to see which cookbooks found their ways into these bloggers’ homes?  Click away!  And thanks again to Alyssa and Faith for organizing the swap.  I can’t wait to see what you ladies come up with next.

A Baker’s House
An Edible Mosaic (Thanks for hosting us!)
avocado bravado
Blue Kale Road
Blueberries And Blessings
Cheap Recipe Blog
Confessions of a Culinary Diva (Dorista sista’, plus she got my book!)
Create Amazing Meals
Cucina Kristina
Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Cupcake Project
Dinner is Served 1972
Done With Corn
Eats Well With Others
Everyday Maven (Thanks for hosting us!)
Flour Me With Love
From My Sweet Heart
girlichef
Healthy. Delicious.
I’m Gonna Cook That!
Je Mange la Ville 
Karen’s Kitchen Stories
Kitchen Treaty  (Thanks again, Karen!)
Olive and Herb
OnTheMove-In The Galley
Our Best Bites
Paleo Gone Sassy
poet in the pantry
Rhubarb and Honey
Rocky Mountain Cooking
Shikha la mode
Shockingly Delicious
Sifting Focus
Spiceroots
Spoonful of Flavor
Tara’s Multicultural Table
The Not So Exciting Adventures of a Dabbler 
The Suburban Soapbox
The Whole Family’s Food 

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Author:Adriana A

Adriana is a financial analyst by day, avid home cook in the evenings, and food blogger and runner in the strange hours between those two. When not in the kitchen concocting meals and stories to pass around, she is out looking for the next great bite (or the ingredients to make it at home), checking what's new at the market, or planning a trip around great food and wine.

29 Responses to “Food Blogger Cookbook Swap – Sugarbaby”

  1. Haley @ Cheap Recipe Blog
    February 28, 2014 at 10:44 pm #

    Hey Adriana! Ooh, I really want to get my hands on that cookbook. I like the idea of sweets recipes that aren’t so baking-centric. I’m not the greatest baker, after all :)
    Anyway, this cookbook swap was so much fun! I kind of want to do it again right away…!

    • March 1, 2014 at 6:55 am #

      Some of these recipes require as much precision as baking, if not more! I’m not the greatest baker either but I do love sweets enough to take a crack at some of these.

  2. February 28, 2014 at 11:44 pm #

    Adriana….I have this book and really love it! Hopefully it satisfies your sweet tooth, too! Glad to have been introduced to your lovely blog through the cookbook swap! : )

    • March 1, 2014 at 6:32 am #

      Thank you Anne! What are some of your favorite recipes?

  3. February 28, 2014 at 11:58 pm #

    Oh I would LOVE this book. Looking for it this weekend for sure! Great to find your blog through the Swap.

  4. March 1, 2014 at 12:17 am #

    Such an interesting cookbook! It is definitely getting added to my amazon wishlist.

  5. March 1, 2014 at 4:43 am #

    Thank you so much for participating in the swap and helping to make it a success! The cover of your cookbook is a real beauty and the recipes you mentioned sound pretty great – I’d love to try the psychedelic sugar bowl!

    • March 1, 2014 at 6:56 am #

      My jaw dropped when I saw that one. I was so happy to see a tutorial posted online!

      • March 1, 2014 at 4:37 pm #

        Psychedelic Sugarbowl looks like a Chihuly!
        I really hope you give that one a shot!

  6. March 1, 2014 at 7:12 pm #

    My amazon wish list is getting full as I discover so many new cookbooks I want! Thanks so much for participating and helping us make the swap fun for everyone!

  7. March 1, 2014 at 7:56 pm #

    I can’t wait to see your sugar bowl.

    Thank you so much for the Puerto Rican Cookery. I have had so much fun reading it and have marked several things to make – I’m sensing I may have a themed dinner party soon to celebrate this cuisine.

  8. March 2, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

    What a great idea.

  9. March 2, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

    How could you not love a cookbook titled Sugar Baby?! What a beautiful cover and the macarons and cotton candy look amazing!

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