I am always on the look out for unusual cookbooks to help inspire my baking and The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook by Rosanna Pansino definitely falls into this category. It is full of unusual cakes and bakes that help to celebrate maths, science and geek culture. It is a cookbook that appealed to the scientist in me as well as the baker. As the book says it contains sweet treats for the geek in all of us.
Rosanna Pansino is the host of Nerdy Nummies, which is a popular internet baking show. Her videos have been watched more than 1 billion times and Rosanna is one of the most watched personalities on YouTube. The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook showcases her most popular creations as well as a selection of new recipes.
The book starts with an Introduction and section about the Nerdy Nummies show and how it started which is interesting reading. There is then an explanation on how to use the book with a list of tools, tips and techniques for decorating and information on where to get the templates to make the unusual shapes some of the recipes use. Templates are included at the back of the book and also available to download on-line. The recipes then start with a section on basic recipes. These are used to complete all the projects in the book and are set out in a really easy to follow way. There are various recipes from New York style cheesecake, to brownies, red velvet cake and different types of icing.
The baking projects then start, the book is broken into six chapters each devoted to a different theme. There is Math & Science, Space, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Gaming, Tech & Web and Geeky Treats. Each recipe has an introduction with a full colour picture and a list of ingredients. There are then really easy to follow steps with photos to allow you to recreate the recipe really easily. The projects are inspired and I was quite happy just flicking though the book and reading it.
The Math & Science section includes recipes like the Periodic Table of Cupcakes, Apple Pi Pie and Atom Cookies. These are inspired by Math & Science and are a great way to inspire people to find out more about the subject.
Space has a series of space inspired recipes, why not take off in a Rocket Ship Cookie Pop or create a cake resembling the moon? I also loved the Gaming section which not only recreates modern games but also recreates some traditional games. I love this Chocolate Chess Cake which would be a perfect centre piece for a party.The section on tech also had me smiling. These Emoticon cookes are guaranteed to please and if you feel creative why not try a Motherboard cake?
The Nerdy Nummies cookbook has a great range of recipes that can be tackled by basic and advanced cooks. These bakes will definitely make you stand out and look great fun to try. I am having fun deciding which one I am going to make first. The book would also make a great gift for someone who enjoys baking.
The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook: Sweet Treats for the Geek in all of Us is available from Amazon and other bookstores. RRP £16.99
If you love baking you might also be interested in Fairy Tale Baking, a recipe book that helps bring fairy tales to life in cake form.