I’m a skeptic when it comes to things that are heavily hyped. The most recent thing that comes to mind is the Twilight series, which I’m sorry to say -and this is just my opinion- is rather terrible. (I’ve never had issues hanging out with people who like this as long as they do not try to convert me or annoy me with their fandom.) However there are some things that the hype machine gets right, and that includes this cookbook.
One of the first bakeries I ever heard about when I started food blogging was the Flour Bakery. I didn’t actually know anything much else about it, only that its owner, Joanne Chang, wrote a cookbook of some of its famous offerings. A lot of people love this cookbook, and after browsing a copy at my local bookstore, I knew that I had to have it too.