Bake the Book: The Seasonal Baker

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[Photograph: Ben Fink]

Summer may be winding down, but August's heavy humidity is still in full effect. So, what to do when dark berries and stone fruit are just bursting to be made into dessert? Turn to this week's Bake the Book feature, The Seasonal Baker: Easy Recipes From My Home Kitchen To Make Year-Round.

Author and SoNo Baking Company owner John Barricelli takes 'seasonal' seriously, presenting a collection of recipes that run the gamut from familiar (chocolate-cherry cupcakes), to intriguing (sweet corn ice cream). The recipes are designed to take full advantage of any given season's offerings, relying heavily on fresh ingredients. This rule holds true for the savory offerings presented towards the back of the book; rather than feeling like an afterthought, they are a welcome treat.

Nearly every recipe is accompanied by a photo just as bright and lively as the concept it showcases. And lest an amateur baker be intimidated, nearly every recipe also has suggestions and explanations presented before the recipe, and tips afterward. We'll be making late-summer treats like Lemon-Almond Cake with Macerated Strawberries and Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Raspberries. Follow along because just like the end of summer, The Seasonal Baker is something to savor.

Win A Copy!

Thanks to the generous folks over at Clarkson Potter, we are giving away five (5) copies of The Seasonal Baker this week.

All you have to do is tell us about your favorite end of summer sweet in the comments section below.

The standard Serious Eats contest rules apply.

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