Saturday, 2 July 2016

Tanya Bakes by Tanya Burr

Title: Tanya Bakes
Author: Tanya Burr
Published by: Penguin Random House UK
Publication date: 30th June 2016
Pages: 256
Genres: Non-fiction/Cookbook
Format: Hardback
Source: Bought.

Welcome to my very first cookbook! As lots of you know, baking is close to my heart and has been really important to me ever since I was little. On my own or with friends and loved ones, spending time in the kitchen always makes me smile and I hope that by trying some of these recipes, you can share in that happiness.

As well as my own creations, this book contains recipes that have been passed down through my family and those that have been shared amongst my closest friends. We love messing about in the kitchen making delicious things to eat, even if things don't always go to plan - it's all part of the fun!

So whether you're confident in the kitchen or baking is new to you, give one of my recipes a go - they're the ones I love to bake for my friends and family, and I hope you will love them too!

Love, Tanya

Having enjoyed Burr's debut, Love, Tanya, the announcement that she would once again be making her foray onto bookshelves everywhere with a cookbook was hugely exciting. If you've seen her videos, you'll know that she loves baking - and she's great at it! I love baking, too, but I never do it because I never know where to go to find new recipes. The Internet is far too big, sometimes. Now, with Tanya Bakes firmly in my possession, I'm hoping to bake a lot more often. This book isn't overwhelming, and it contains recipes for everyone, whether you're a beginner or much more advanced. Plus, each recipe is preceded with a sweet introduction from Tanya, talking about why the recipe was included in the book and what it means to her.

Disappointingly, however, I spotted a ridiculous amount of spelling and grammar mistakes. At points, it didn't even look like it had been edited. I know these errors can be found in every book, and I know there are some in this very post, but I don't expect it (and certainly not so much of it) when a book is by a big name and is receiving way more attention than lots of other books out at the time.

Despite that, I still found the recipes inside to be incredible. I haven't made any yet, but they look amazing, and some of them never would have occurred to me. Like Tanya's salted Nutella cookies, her peanut butter and dark chocolate cookies, and her cookie dough pots. I could go on. (Also, it appears we both have a deep love for cookies.)

Overall, this is a great addition to my kitchen and I'm so excited to get baking. As I said, I don't do it enough, and there are some delicious looking recipes in here. *heart eyes*


  1. We use a lot of recipes (usually for dinner rather than baked goods) and we are learning there's a real skill to writing ones that are clear and easy to follow. We've had a few that are "chop this" and then they never tell you what to do with the thing you've chopped! So the typos would make me worry about how well tested the recipes are too. I look forward to seeing what you try though :)

    1. Yeah, I've just seen Tanya tweet that a couple of ingredient measurements were left out of a recipe... if I had a cookbook coming out, I'd check everything a million times! Disappointing but hopefully only that one recipe is affected.

  2. She had a ghostwriter for her recipes. I like Tan too, but it's clear in every aspect of this book (how rushed the production was, the grammar mistakes, her own unfamiliarity with the recipes in videos) that the publishing house was really pushing her to get this out and it's not so much 'her' as 'her name'. I mean, it worked--15,000 just in pre-sales alone will snag her another book deal. Hopefully they have more time on that one!