New Specialized Cookbook Addresses Baking at Varied Altitudes

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Baker-turned-author Peggy McClung Puche pours love into her recipes while sharing proven tips and techniques for novice and seasoned bakers alike.

“Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all,” said Harriet van Horne.

“Cooking is at once child’s play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love,” added Craig Claiborne.

Both respectable American columnist/critics seem to have forged—if not, articulated—the bond between love and cooking years ago. Today, published author and passionate baker Peggy McClung Puche reinforces their words with her new book, titled Peak & Valley Baking.

“I have always treasured my recipe file collection! I want each recipe given me to have the name of that person—that I could always ‘file away’ those special memories and experiences in my heart. It always made each recipe more special, if tied to the people, the places, the special events,” reminisces Puche. “Then there are those recipes which we come to use over and over, year after year! They become such a part of us, as tradition, as the very routines and blood of our lives.”

Puche’s work is a highly specialized baking book which focuses on the effects of cake-baking for every altitude—from sea level up to 10,000 feet above sea level. It contains explanations and solutions for problems; techniques for success, given with proven tips; and a full, varied collection of cake types, frostings and finishings, from casual to fancy, that would address every aspiring and seasoned bakers alike.

In Peak & Valley Baking, readers will discover the delectable art of baking at different altitudes. It is a one-of-a kind cookbook that is also presented through an authentic, historic and entertaining country local color. Moreover, it includes delightful pen and ink illustrations by renowned portrait artist Eunice Henning Hundley. It is a baking book that brings fun and smiles to every reader.

“Recipes are tied to the labor of love—nourishing and pleasing the people we take care of…the people we love,” Puche adds, clearly re-echoing the words of van Horne and Claiborne.

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About the Author
Peggy McClung Puche is a self-taught Specialist and perfectionist in cake-baking for over 50 years. She has studied and experimented for many years, developing this “Authority of Cake Baking” simply for herself first. She then teaches successful baking methods, solves altitude issues, and develops an impressive collection of delicious, beautiful recipe types also for enthusiasts to benefit and enjoy. Puche, a Kansas native and University of Kansas graduate, is a creative person who considers Baking also as an art. She enjoys creativity of all its various forms. Her diverse interests include art, photography, graphic arts, leather-carving, jewelry-making, floral-gardening, while also partaking of the great outdoors, hiking, exploring the mountains, historic sites, wildlife adventures! She has lived in Kansas, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire, but prefers the mountains of the West, and has live over forty years in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Peak & Valley Baking * by Peggy McClung Puche
Baking for All Altitudes
Publication Date: October 31, 2012
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 161 pages; 978-1-4797-1132-1
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 161 pages; 978-1-4797-1133-8
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4797-1134-5

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