The Hairy Bikers' Big Book of Baking, Hardback
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The long-awaited baking bible from the Hairy Bikers AKA Si King and Dave Myers. With their irrepressible enthusiasm for great food, Si King and Dave Myers, AKA the Hairy Bikers, travel the length and breadth of Europe to discover the best baking recipes from the Continent. From Norway to Southern Spain, the boys eat their way across ten countries, making friends and swapping recipes along the way.

They discover the ultimate Black Forest Gateau in Germany, the most incredible pastries in Southern France and cook cakes that will tickle the tastebuds of all home bakers. This is a welcome return of the Hairy Bakers. These recipes will delight and will bring a freshness to all home baking.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 256 pages, col. Illustrations, col. map
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
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  • Category: TV / celebrity chef cookbooks
  • ISBN: 9780297863267



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Hairy Messrs King and Myers may be, but coarse cooks they certainly are not – in other words, popular BBC chefs Si and Dave are no amateurs when it comes to the kitchen and this, their seventh book, contains a variety of unusual and sophisticated recipes. The hirsute duo present baked treats from around Europe and while France, Austria and Germany are renowned for their torte, brote and gateaux, the bikers include items from unexpected cuisines to enliven your menus: Norwegian-style savoury cheesecake, Spanish Galician pie, Italian Polenta bread, Romanian Television Cake and Hungarian Bacon Scones are just a few of the more uncommon offerings. Obviously this is not a collection for anyone counting calories or carbs – or cents either, come to that: the method and ingredients are clearly laid out and the photographs, naturally, are superbly enticing. However, for those who like to engage with food writers, this text is charmless and impersonal, the recipe selection a tad random and, for me at least, the appeal of the hairy bikers proved elusive.