guest post: matt lewis of BAKED NYC (plus giveaway!)

Have I been excited for weeks on end when I heard Matt Lewis co-owner of the infamous Baked NYC bakery in Brooklyn, NY AND cookbook co-author of Baked: New Frontiers in Baking AND Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented said YES to a guest post for moi?
Ohhhh you betcha.
I've known and adored him for years. He thinks I'm super creative (blush) and I think he's god-like creative! I've lost count on how many times I asked him to marry me (but I think he's kept count, sadly).
You have to be living under rock or hanging in Tibet, not to have seen the creative duo that is matt lewis and renato poliafito: aka modern day bakers with ingenious twist on modern day baking. Have you seen them on The Cooking Channel Unique Sweets? Oh they are so cute--talking heads. OK, I know they're guys, but they are just so fun to watch; I mean they are so at ease, chill kind of guys with a huge passion for baked goods. Who doesn't love a man with a huge passion for all things cake, cookies, pies, etc...?
And book 3? There is a book 3? Yes. Thank goodness! Book 3 is almost done, I've asked him about it in the interview (below). These guys never stop to rest. Where their energy comes from I haven't a clue; they must have a fountain of creative youth stashed away in the Baked Laboratories, somewhere in Brooklyn....I am heading to NYC this summer and I will report back on where that fountain of youth is. Promise.
Matt was kind enough to answer some really good, inquisitive questions I had and a couple from the fans. Shall we? (and there is a giveaway too...read on thru to find out about it!)

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Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito left their day jobs in advertising seven years ago to open their bakery, Baked, in Brooklyn, NY, to immediate praise from fans across the country. The authors have been featured on Oprah, the Today show, the Food Network, and Martha Stewart. Their first book, Baked, was an IACP award nominee.
And recently they’ve teamed up with Williams Sonoma to sell their infamous baked brownies, brookies, sour cream coffee cakes, and red velvet whoopie pies—all in ready, simple, luxurious ready to make mixes.

How do you sum up their style/twist on baking? Classic American desserts reinvented with a modern/kicked up twist.
I love that they think of themselves “dessert experts” as stated on their “about us” page at bakednyc.com. Stating they “…are blessed with a highly (almost holy) developed sense of taste and smell….”
A little history of Matt and Renato:
“….. Matt, a producer, spent his days hidden away in a cubicle stuffed with spreadsheets, post-its, and relentless voice mails, while Renato spent his time in the more rarefied field of graphic design (i.e. making things look beautiful so people would buy them). Their thoughts were never too far from cake and coffee. Coincidentally, Matt and Renato met at a glitzy, high-profile ad agency, and slowly (even unbeknownst to them) the idea for Baked was born.
Matt wanted to open a bakery that celebrated American desserts beyond the cupcake, and Renato had always been hankering to open a neighborhood cafe, so together they scoured New York City for the perfect location. They found a small, storefront church in the largely industrialized section of Brooklyn, and together with Rafi Avramovitz, set about building their inspiration. Finally, after many long delays, they opened Baked in 2005 on the shores of Red Hook, Brooklyn with just a few ovens, some mixers, and an espresso machine…”

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Interview Questions:

So I hear Book 3 is done, passed in and soon will be in print? Is this true?

Well, almost done. Unfortunately, we like to tinker right up to the last moment (and it drives our editors crazy) but for all practical purposes it is finished and it will be out in September or October.

Tell us a little about Book 3, and how can you ever top your first two books? I mean those were just amazing—one can only imagine what book 3 will be like?

Book 3 is a slight departure for us in terms of design, styling, etc...It is still very much a "Baked" book, but it centers more on our favorite ingredients as opposed to bakery best-sellers. And yes, there is a chapter devoted to boozy sweets.

You know I’ve been dying to know for a while now, what was the feeling you had when Oprah dubbed your brownies as one of her favorite things? It must have felt amazing.

I guess, in the food world, being included in Oprah's fave things is like winning an Academy Award. It still makes us giddy.

And you’ve been on the Martha Stewart show a few times; do you get nervous, still?

I could barely speak the first time we met (dry mouth, shaky hands)- I wanted to work for Martha right after I moved to the city, so in a sense it was like meeting an idol. Honestly, Martha is kinder and funnier and smarter than one can imagine. She really knows the ins and outs of baking...like REALLY KNOWS...and she has a wicked sense of humor.

The new talking/reporting gig you have on The Cooking Channel’s “Unique Sweets” has got to be fun? What’s not to love: travel, eat and report.

It was so much fun to be part of, though I really had a craving to go on a juice cleanse post-wrap taping.

I know you’re going to roll your eyes with this one, since I ask you all the time when we talk, but how do you stay so thin with all the baked goods that you sample, and all the recipes you try?

We get asked that a lot. Honestly, I have learned to sample and disburse. I take one bite, Nato takes one bite, then we wrap what is left and give it away to customers, neighbors, friends and if it is bad...enemies :). I still gain about 15lbs during book testing, but work hard to shed the weight as soon as I am done.

Coming up with new recipes: do they just come to you, or do you do a little research to get some inspiration going?

We get most of our inspiration from fever dreams, old magazines and books, travel, and grandmas. Grandmas in the mid-west happen to have the best recipes in the world IMHO. At the moment, all I can think of is something called a Kermit Cake. Not sure what it is going to be yet, but that is the perfect idea of a recipe we start riffing on when all we have is just a name.

Where do you think your love of creating good food stems from?

I have always had a rabid sweet tooth...heavily skewed towards chocolate desserts. Blame my mom.

Did you grow up in a “foodie family”? Were your parents foodies? Or in your case “sweet tooth aficionados’?

My family was not a foodie family. My mom's mom is an amazing Italian cook, but my mom never really took after her. We ate out a lot... Much later in life, my dad become really interested in food, but growing up it was all about "where we going to eat tonight"?

If you were stranded on a desert island with fresh water, and only had a choice of one of your favorite comfort foods, what would it be?

A jar of peanut butter and good bread.

If you could go to any country just for their food which one would you choose?

I love Paris, but I think Rome is hands down a better food destination. It’s an overused stereotype but true - You can't get a bad meal in Rome. And anyone that says otherwise, is a snob.

If you could invite any three people to dinner (living or dead) who would they be and what would you make?

I know I should invite a bunch of interesting, artistic and impressionable historical masterminds, but part of me just wants to invite Ryan Gosling, Carol Burnett, and Charles Dickens.

In your downtime, when you’re not researching and testing new recipes what do you do to relax?

I love the beach.

I gotta admit, what drew me to you and Renato was your devotion to ALWAYS use quality ingredients and to never ever cut/trim your creations for the sake of saving money. I can’t tell you how many bakeries do this over time, to save a buck, and then wonder why they went out of business. I imagine this was a dual-promise you and Renato had from the beginning: quality ingredients, equals quality products. Right?

Absolutely. We figured our bakery was all about quality ingredients. The best cocoa powder, the best chocolate...If we couldn't use what we wanted, our vision just didn't make sense.

Any tips or advice for people that want to open their own bakery? I know location is key, having a good product is utmost as well, anything else?

Hire great people. Be aware that you won't make as much money as your friends at Facebook or Apple or etc..- EVER! And treat your customers with respect.

See what I mean? They are just fabulous people. I love them. Thank you so much Matt and Renato! You both are a huge inspiration not only to me, but to many others out there, starting out in the baking/bakery industry.

I also wanted to mention, if you've been following along with my blog lately, I've been taking the Baked Brownie mix and creating new recipes with them.

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You can find this brownie mix, along with their infamous "Brookster" mix, red velvet whoopie pie mix, and the sour cream coffee cake mix--all at Williams Sonoma.

So far with the Baked brownie mix (which btw is VERY versatile to create "kicked up" brownies) I made:

Peanut butter cookie crusted brownie

Peanut butter & Fluff swirl fudgy brownies with salty cookie crust

Brownie bundt with coconut-cream cheese filling (Yes, you can bake a brownie in a bundt pan!)

And lastly, my personal favorite, is a mocha-almond ice cream with brownie chunks. I've waited for the right time to try and recreate a childhood favorite of mine: Brighams Mocha Almond ice cream. Always wanted to do it with a twist. And this was my lucky chance.


You have to know, I did have all intentions of freezing little brownie chunks for this ice cream, I truly had no idea how well they tasted when frozen. Never ever had brownies taste so good frozen. Most were always too hard or too gummy like. Not these. Perfect little frozen treats, even if you don't make the ice cream, just make the brownies and freeze them into little chunks for snacking.

mocha-almond ice cream w/ Baked brownie chunks
print recipe

1 cup whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
Just under 3/4 cups sugar
4 egg yolks
A tiny pinch of salt
½ TB of double dutch cocoa powder
1 Starbuck Via (Columbia or other “mild” flavor) Can use espresso powder, maybe ¾-1 TB
1 – 1 ½ cups of frozen Baked brownie chunks (cut in ½ inch cubes/squares)
½ - 1 cup of salty, roasted almonds, rough chop (use as little or as much as you desire)

Cook notes: if you don’t have a starbuck via, you can easily use espresso powder, maybe ¾ - 1 TB? Do ¾ TB first then taste test, see if it needs more. Remember that using double dutch cocoa powder is strong, so you only need a little bit ( ½ TB) if you feel it needs more then by all means go ahead.

Make up a batch of the Baked Brownies. When they are cooled take about half of the brownies, ut into little chunks of ½ or so, and freeze them. Of better yet, freeze them all, these brownies are amazing frozen!
In a medium size saucepan, over medium heat, heat up the milk, sugar, and salt; stirring occasionally. You want this hot, but not boiling.
In a medium bowl, beat the egg yolks until well combined. Slowly add (a couple tablespoons at a time) of the hot mixture to the egg yolk mixture, all the while stirring/whisking constantly. Keep doing this until all the egg yolk mixture is well combined with the hot milk. (you’ll use about half the hot milk mixture).
Then pour the warmed up yolks into the saucepan, and heat over medium-low heat; constantly stirring until the mixture thickens up a bit. Add in the dutch cocoa powder and the Starbuck Via. (taste test, and see if you need more of anything, might need a pinch more salt, but when we ad the salty, roasted almonds to the mixture the salt from the almonds will fix that).
You know the ice cream custard is done when the custard thickens, and easily coats a spatula.
Might take about 15-20 minutes to get to this point; make sure to keep stirring!
Take off heat and pour into a bowl, cover tightly and chill at least a few hours (or overnight) before churning.
When ready to churn, use your ice cream manufacturer’s directions to churn. At the last 5 minutes of churning add in the brownie and almond chunks.
Remove ice cream from churner and place into glass or ceramic bowl, cover tightly and into the freezer to continue setting up.
Makes about 1 & ½ quarts.

The giveaway! The Baked Boys are very generous. And thank you guys for this!

They are giving away TWO SETS of:

Cookbook 1: Baked: New Frontiers in Baking
Cookbook 2: Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented
2 boxes of Baked Deep Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix

Seriously! I kid you not. All you have to do to enter is:

o leave ONE comment telling us if you think the Baked Boys should venture on to a cookbook #4 AND what baked treats would you like to see new or old or kicked up?
Be creative here kids!!

o please have a valid email in your signature or comment.
o No anonymous comments please.
o It would be nice to LIKE Baked NYC on Facebook, to stay in top of the arrival of Book 3 and other events. They might have more giveaways when Book 3 arrives!

We'll do the drawing on Friday April 27, 2012! Good luck!
And lastly, congrats to the winners of the Nick Evans cookbook "Cornerstone Cooking" drawing: #16 JRoberts and #43 WinterSundays. Please email me your shipping address!


  1. they should definitely make a cookbook!!! and how about some of your creative genius on infamous slutty brownies???!? love those things!

  2. Hooray - I love Baked! I adore their recipes and the cute Red Hook bakery. As long as they keep cranking out good recipes, I'll buy EVERY cookbook they put out.

    I just got an ice cream maker so I'd love to see some more of your fun recipes. Plus anytime you do anything with the peanut butter cups I get excited.

  3. I love ice cream recipes...Since I got the attachment for my KA Mixer, I can't stop! :) Would love to win!!!

  4. LOVE BAKED. Have the cookbooks and one of my favorite recipes is the crumb cake.
    I would love to see another cookbook, one can not have too many.
    I am game for trying any new recipes they come up with.
    Thanks for the chance.

  5. I'm always ready for a new cookbook, so yes! Maybe they could make some more savory style sweets, mmmm.

    I would like to see a banana or coconut cream pie kicked up, but still semi-easy to make. Those are my favorites.

  6. They would be crazy not to do a cookbook!! Peanut Butter Truffle Brownies would be delicious!

  7. Yes, they should definitely do a fourth book. A trendy thing now is cake pops. Maybe include that?

  8. A fourth cookbook would be great! Macaroon recipes would be good

  9. WOW! So there is a baked in Charleston and I haven't been! I know- what am I thinking? I think I need to go tomorrow!! I'd love to win. I think they should play with favorites like dirt !

  10. To say I LOVE these guys is an understatement - - I ADORE them to bits. Not only are they baking master minds, but they aren't to shabby on the eyes either. I can not wait for the release of the 3rd book - - I know it's going to be great :)

    I think they should make a 4th book ... and a 5th ... and a 6th - - can you tell I'm a bit of a fan :P I would honestly purchase anything these men create

    I would love to see them re-vamp their burnt sugar bundt cake - - it's already pretty amazing, but I know they can work their magic and take it out of this world

  11. The ice cream willl be a perfect antedote for this weekend 100s here in AZ!!
    Baked is such an amazing destination. I discovered their genius first in Charleston, SC
    their second location & have been hooked all the years later.
    #4 should be go but what...it's hard to say since I haven't seen #3 but 50 state recipes could be fun using local ingredients. I'd love a prickly pear fruit & cocoa recipe.

  12. i love their cookbooks even though i have yet to own one. i just tend to oooo and ahh over them when i see them. they're on my wishlist.

    i would love to see what they could accomplish with some of the gluten free ingredients, in particular things like almond meal/flour and coconut flour. those are my new baking ingredients and it's tough trying to make the things i love with different flours.

  13. I heart Baked! Please keep up the cookbooks. I love everything I've had, but my two faves have to be the hummingbird cake and this Cherry Almond muffin I got one saturday morning... I still think about this muffin regularly and I had it in February. Sitting in the bakery, eating that muffin and listening to Morrissey playing in the shop... Amazing! I'm kind of happy I live 5 hours away b/c I could get into trouble :)

  14. Sure! Why not make a kicked up chocolate eclair cake? You know the ones made with graham crackers and pudding.

    mrsblocko at hotmail dot com

  15. I'm all for more cookbooks, so of course venture on to #4!


  16. As a HUGE fan of the first 2 books (and eagerly awaiting they 3rd), I think they should def make a 4th. It would be cool if they took on international desserts, tweaking them in that oh so special way they are so good at. I would love to see their take on a tres leches cake or flan (I'm Puerto Rican, so those are the first 2 that came to mind).

  17. fabulous! I can't think of one good reason theses guys should stop writing books. I have a terrible sweet tooth too, but I'm not so good at the bake and disburse method. I love the mid-west granny inspiration, I think that should be the theme of the next book. I have some great church cookbooks you could be inspired by!

    Thanks for the giveaway~!

    jbhtranslation (at) gmail.com

  18. Totally new to the Baked boys...but it is never a bad thing to have a million cookbooks, they should totes make a 4th...Maybe they should look into all the blogs that are baking their way through Baked cookbooks and tackle the twists those people have done to their recipes...could be interesting, never really seen a cookbook that is inspired by other recipes inspired by their old recipes (maybe that's a little too Inception-esque but whatevs)

  19. They have to keep doing more books! A gluten free one could be worthwhile...

  20. Heck yeah! Unfortunately I've cut back on sweets. All your ice cream recipes make my mouth water especially!

  21. They should absolutely make a number 4:) why stop with a good thing! I LOVE brownies so anything with brownies sounds good to me in a new cookbook!

  22. Why stop at 3? Do #4 and 5!!!

  23. Of course they need to do a fourth book! I'd love to see a recipe for banoffee pie.

  24. Yes to book #4! I've haven't tried their recipes but I've heard so many great things about them, I've added their books to my wish list. :)
    I would love to see their spin on a traditional favorite here in Hawaii, the malasada (a Portuguese sweet that's kind of like a doughnut without a hole that's rolled in sugar).


  25. Yes they should definitely continue on with a book 4! I would love to see some vegan and/or gluten free recipes!

  26. I am absolutely in support of another cookbook. I love the first one. I would love something with maple and walnut!

  27. Definately do a 4th cookbook. Also, I'd like to see a kicked up version of a coconut cream pie

  28. I would be in line to get a cookbook. It all sounds so delicious.

    I love brownies but I love cherries in things too like cheesecake.

    msgb245 at gmail dot com

  29. Yes, definitely make a 4th book! I love rice krispie treats, so maybe a new spin on that.

  30. They should definitely do a fourth book. Why stop a good thing when they're one a roll. I also have to say I made the brooksters from their mix sold at Williams Sonoma and the family loved them! nbdillon07@comcast.net

  31. YES TO A 4TH BOOK. I'm so obsessed with these dudes.

    I would say, a new spin on crema catalana. yuuuuuuuuuuum

  32. YUM book 4!!! I enjoy all of the amazing pictures and the directions are so detailed everything I have made has come out fantastic!

  33. I'm always looking for more ways to incorporate booze. I also love real surprises when baking, like the olive oil-rosemary cake. Just off-the-wall stuff!

  34. Go straight pass "3" and collect $200! On to Book #4!

    How about "kicked up" vanilla caramel brownies . . . yum!

    Amy M


  35. one can never have too many baking books
    how about using fresh fruit? or dried fruit in things?
    candies would be good...........
    thank you ♥

  36. ooh totally!! maybe something of the booozy variety!?

  37. I adore the Baked Boys! In fact, I participate in an on-line group called "Baked Sunday Mornings" (http://bakedsundaymornings.com/) - and we'd love to have you join us! Right now, we bake from Book 2 every other week, but have already agreed to mix in recipes from all 3 books once the third one comes out.

    I absolutely would love to see Book 4! Being at the slight disadvantage of not seeing what's in Book 3, I'd like to see a book that has recipes from each state - like Warren Brown's "United Cakes of America." Think of how fun that would be to research & write!

  38. Thanks for a great interview! I love their cookbooks, can't wait for number 3 and of COURSE they should do a fourth!
    For me it's all about sweet and salty combos - I'd bet they can make a whole cookbook with that as inspiration, no?

  39. a fourth cookbook would be great. i would like to see some recipes with pineapple and cinnamon.

  40. Cookbook #4 would be great! I think someone mentioned "50 states recipes" which would be really great for Baked style I think. If not, something a bit different: something like "Baked explores the globe" with some worldwide recipes, though it seems like Baked is more for American recipes at heart. Either way, another cookbook would be glorious :)

  41. I could always learn more sweet treat recipes, so the more Baked books, the merrier!!! I would like to see maybe some gluten free recipes too...I have a few family members and it is difficult to show my love to them (because I always bake for my friends and family just because I love them), so that would be super awesome!!!

  42. Yes!!! Book 4: ice cream.

    A la perfect scoop. Their toppings, must include peanut butter sundae sauce!

  43. I think they should do an international dessert book for #4. I would love a kicked up biscotti recipe.

  44. Hey, keep the books coming! How about a kicked up Christmas stollen? Have they done that?

  45. Anything they do is great. Maybe they can apply their creativity to creating some awesome ice cream recipes?

  46. I think another cookbook would be awesome. I'd like to see kicked up versions of pumpkin-y desserts.

  47. I'd love to see a holiday cookbook from the Baked guys. One of my favorite cookies is gingerbread and I'd like to see how they would kick up that cookie to make it different from a regular gingerbread cookie. Chocolate and candied ginger?

  48. Wow, a 4th cookbook would be so awesome. I love the story behind baked because it is so cool to see people really take a chance and follow their dreams. It gives inspiration to us all. I think it would be cool to see some vegan recipes. But I'm also really partial with anything combining peanut butter and chocolate, so I couldn't say no to any of those.

  49. Another cookbook would be great! I would love to see more recipes using whole-wheat flour.


  50. Yes they should make another cookbook. I will always be haunt by a creamy peanut butter cup where the filling was made with mellow roasted garlic. Lets see some twists on savoury sweets.

  51. We definitely need the 4th cookbook! Go for it!

  52. I think they should definitely go for a 4th! I love cheesecake and I think they should do kicked up cheesecake recipes. My e-mail is mirandacouse@yahoo.com

  53. YES on a 4th cookbook! Can't wait for the 3rd to see what they have come up with. I'm not so great at coming up with the amazing combinations - and I can only imagine what they have coming!

  54. Eep, no need to enter me in the giveaway, but holy hell, that ice cream! Saving to Pinterest immediately.

  55. Definitely a number #4 book. I am saving up to buy their books, unless I win? Yes!
    I grew up outside NYC, so I would love to see more of the older German bakery items redone and boosted: crumb cake, jelly doughnuts, and like that.

  56. Oh my a 4th cookbook, that would be great. Recipes using caramel, peanut butter, chocolate.

  57. Would love to see a 4th cookbook. I like anything with extra chocolate.

  58. I would love to see a 4th book! desserts from different parts of the world would be fun!

  59. oh certainly a book 4. i would like to see "fruits" featured.

    jacquieastemborski AT comcast DOT net

  60. Of course they should do a 4th book! I love anything involving spicy desserts, like carrot cake, not so much chiles, even though that can be a good time too. However, I liked an earlier suggestion of throwing in some booze. I love giving things a little added kick.

  61. A huge yes for book 4! I love Baked. Their recipes to me are such a treasure. Everything tuns out perfectly and so interestingly. We don't have anything like this around at any bakery and yet everyone loves it. Greetings all the way from Lithuania! :)

  62. Vote yes for a book #4! I'd love to see some salty/sweet desserts.

  63. I love BAKED recipes and not just the sweets. Not knowing what they've included in book 3, a GF book would be good, or their take on international favorites such as alfajores, tres leches, sticky rice with mangoes, etc. I make BAKED brownies including bacon and bourbon, also use their brownies cubed in Junior's Cheesecake. Now I'm hungry. :-)
    lfmelcher at gmail dot com

  64. Totally they should go for book 4. I say work on something that can incorporate goat cheese in with chocolate. Rich and off the hook!

  65. Great interview Dawn and I loved the brownies in the ice cream!!

  66. Great interview and yes, they definitely need a fourth book! Love their treats!

  67. Wow, awesome! Chocolate anything chocolate. Maybe a recipe for a from scratch fudge brownie. I have yet to master that one.

  68. I love the Baked guys and I've been dying to try one of their mixes from Williams-Sonoma. I whole-heartedly vote for a #4 book. I'd love to see more peanut butter recipes... I'm in the market for a peanut butter cake recipe. :)

  69. ... are you crazy? ... of course, there should be #4! Could you duplicate a Tasykake Butterscotch Krimpet - thus a jelly krimpet as well!

  70. Would like to see more ice cream recipes. Would love to win!

  71. I'd love to see them make another cookbook. I would love to see more dessert bar recipes.
    family74014 at gmail dot com

  72. Never heard of the Baked Boys until 23 seconds ago. Now that I have, I think that exposure would be the reason to write a fourth book. I am a brownie/molten chocolate/peanutbutter cookie fan. I bet they have written about those already. I will know when you send me the books and the mix!!!

  73. Hey, if cookbooks 1-3 are so great, of course they should do a 4th! I'd love to see pies amped up a bit. :)


  74. I have only read book number one, but it was enough to say that or course number four should be written! I'm not sure what is in books two and three, but I too am a fan of anything made with chocolate. Perhaps some of those molten chocolate cakes with different middle choices (rich chocolate. kahlua chocolate, and peanut butter) for book number four?

  75. Great post AND giveaway! Another cookbook would be excellent - I am always looking for more cookie & bar recipes.

  76. A gorgeous ice cream! So scrumptious looking.



  77. They should definitely consider printing another cookbook. Recipes are delicious!!! Perhaps one on all varieties of cupcakes.

  78. i think they should tour the us and highlight regional treats. road trips, desserts, and fans everywhere--what could be better?

  79. A fourth cookbook would be wicked awesome. Holiday classic treats.

  80. Sure they should write a 4th cookbook but maybe explore something alittle different. Maybe something more simplier for moms' like me with 4 hungry boys.I suggest recipes that are on the simplier side with ingredients that you can pretty much find in every kitchen and ones that are quick and old fashioned.Maybe a 1950's themed mom in the kitchen kinda book.

  81. Dawn - how fun! Don't enter me, I have both of those books and love them to pieces. Just wanted to say good for you for securing such a great interview. I loved reading it!

  82. yes a 4th cookbook! i think more fruity recipes should be included.

  83. I have a zillion baking cookbooks. Guess what? The two "Baked" cookbooks by Matt and Renaldo are both ones I would grab if my oven caught on fire after a bad caramel fiasco. Next book: if not diner desserts reinvented or Southern desserts re-imagined, go international, home baked Italian and French

  84. Of COURSE there should be a book 4. BAKED foods rock! I'd love to see some Christmas cookies or maybe even dessert pizzas.

  85. Yes to another cookbook--you can never have enough dessert recipes.

    I'd love to see a new spin on pizzelle.

    chrissied AT gmail DOT com

  86. ooh, what a great interview!! i would love to see one featuring uncommon ingredients in baked goods, you know, like wasabi, saffron, lavender, asparagus. haha :-P

  87. Definitely another cookbook. Maybe holiday treats for all different holidays throughout the year.

  88. most assuredly there should be a #4 cookbook. i think salty / sweet would be a good theme, but i'm game for anything. 10750coupons at gmail dot com

  89. I don't have either of these cookbooks yet, but I have heard wonderful things. Great giveaway! I think they should absolutely go for cookbook 4... I think it would be fun to feature unusual/creative flavors and textures. And maybe some macarons?!

  90. What a fantastic giveaway Dawn! After reading your review/recipe using the Baked Brownie mix last week, I can't wait to get to WS to get some!

    I don't own any of their cookbooks but I've made some of their recipes before and they were great. Cookbook#4- why not?! I'm on a pie kick, so a book of pies would be awesome!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  91. I say, yes yes yes! Another cookbook, please.

    I would love to see a kicked up version of Boston Cream Pie (being a Boston girl myself.)


  92. Wow - that ice cream looks delicious! Of course another cookbook would be a good idea. What I'd like to see is a whoopie pie. I'm not that familiar but have tried a couple and they were too sweet. Wonder what a good quality whoopie pie with ice cream would taste like.

  93. It's so awesome you got them to do an interview, Dawn. I LOVE them, I'm one of their biggest fans. I saw them feature a few of your recipes on their FB and did a lil happy dance each time for you.

    I totally think they should make cookbook #4, as long as they have the idea and vision for it. Never ever dilute your brand, that's what I feel.

  94. thanks for posting.


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