The Metropolitan Bakery Cookbook

The Metropolitan Bakery Cookbook

By James Barrett; Wendy Smith Born

Rodale Books, Hardcover, 9781579547592, 258pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2003


In the tradition of great artisan bread bakers, James Barrett and Wendy Smith Born share a passionate commitment to bread based on traditional baking methods. Their vision has helped make the award-winning Metropolitan Bakery in Philadelphia a favorite destination for more than 13,000 customers each week. Now, just in time for its 10th anniversary celebration, co-owners Barrett and Born reveal the secrets that will allow you to enjoy the bakery's best breads, pastries, cookies, muffins, focaccia, flatbreads, cakes, and other baked goods at home.

The Metropolitan Bakery Cookbook offers more than 100 mouthwatering recipes for favorites such as Potato-Rosemary Bread, Country Bread, Brioche, Cappuccino Muffins, Fig-Oat Scones, Cinnamon Swirl Danish, Chocolate Layer Cake, Plum and Blackberry Crisps, Lemon Bars, Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies, Spiced Cornmeal Crackers, and the bakery's signature French Berry Rolls. Also included are the "go-withs" that loyal customers seek out, like savory spreads and jams, salads, quiches, chutneys, and sandwiches. Accompanied by more than 75 photographs, these delicious and easy-to-prepare recipes--a compilation of both sweet and savory--are certain to win Metropolitan Bakery a new legion of devotees.

Established in 1993, Metropolitan Bakery is an artisan bread bakery specializing in handmade European rustic breads and pastries. Consistently voted "Best of Philly," the bakery has six retail locations throughout the Philadelphia area and supplies breads and pastries to more than 100 restaurants and gourmet stores.

About the Author

James Barrett, co-owner and head baker, studied at the Culinary Institute of America and began baking bread as pastry chef at the White Dog Café. He lives in Philadelphia.

Wendy Smith Born, co-owner and president, met James Barrett when she was managing partner of the White Dog Café. She lives with her family in Philadelphia.

Praise For The Metropolitan Bakery Cookbook

"Metropolitan Bakery has long been known as Philadelphia's best. Now all their fine recipes are available in a beautiful book, filled with useful information for the home baker. Finally, everyone who can't get to the bakery can enjoy these excellent and imaginative breads and pastries right at home."--Nick Malgieri , author of Perfect Cakes and How to Bake

"Beautifully presented and clearly and lovingly explained, these recipes will inspire any baker to head for the kitchen. Whether you're an experienced bread maker, a weekend cookie baker, an old pie-hand, or a newcomer to the myriad delights of baking, this collection is bound to find a place among your favorites."--Dorie Greenspan, author of Paris Sweets and Baking with Julia

"This book is like having the keys to the kitchen of a favorite neighborhood bakery."--Maury Rubin, chef/owner, The City Bakery, New York City

"I was born and raised in Philadelphia, and if Metropolitan Bakery had existed when I was a kid, who knows--I might never have left! James Barrett and Wendy Born have created bakery and café treasures throughout the city, and I'm thrilled that they were willing to share their fabulous recipes in this book. With its publication they are, deservedly, no longer Philly's little secret."--Peter Reinhart, author of American Pie: My Search for the Perfect Pizza and The Bread Baker's Apprentice