Family Celebrations with the Cake Boss is a new cookbook from the star of TLC's Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro. When I went to the Cake Boss/M&M's event, I received a free copy of this cookbook AND Buddy signed it for me! Pretty cool.
Obviously, I was not required to review the cookbook, but because I do book reviews on this blog AND I enjoy cooking, I figured I'd better give you guys my take on this cookbook.
Verdict: It's really great!
Buddy and his family may be known for cakes and desserts, but this cookbook is not only desserts. It's about complete meals that you can make at home for every holiday/family gathering throughout the year, from New Year's Day brunch to Mother's Day to a birthday party to New Year's Eve. And then, of course, each event requires its own decorative dessert! The back of the book gives you the directions for making different cakes, frostings, and fillings along with some helpful decorating tips. Although, I think the decorating portion of the cookbook will take a little bit of practice and patience. I doubt I could make a cake look like a wrapped Christmas present on my first try!
This cookbook is like an all-in-one! You've got your appetizers, your sides, your main courses, and your desserts, perfect for your next family gathering. And most of the recipes, including the cakes, could be made gluten-free with just a few substitutions. (Or you can buy gluten-free boxed cake and make your own frosting. That might be what I do. Don't tell Buddy!)
Family Celebrations with the Cake Boss is published by Atria Books and is available to purchase now. I received a free autographed copy with no obligation to review.