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Maker Comics is the ultimate DIY guide. Inside this graphic novel you will find illustrated instructions for eight tasty treats! Today is the first day of Sage's magical internship! Her fellow wizards-in-training get to study pyromancy and transfiguration, but Sage has been assigned an internship in...baking? She doesn't think that sounds fun, or particularly magical! But h Maker Comics is the ultimate DIY guide. Inside this graphic novel you will find illustrated instructions for eight tasty treats! Today is the first day of Sage's magical internship! Her fellow wizards-in-training get to study pyromancy and transfiguration, but Sage has been assigned an internship in...baking? She doesn't think that sounds fun, or particularly magical! But her instructor, Korian, insists that baking is a tasty form of alchemy. In an enchanted kitchen where the ingredients insist that you eat them, Sage learns the simple science behind baking--and that's the best kind of magic trick! In Bake Like a Pro!, you'll learn how different combination of proteins, fats, and liquids will result in textures that lend themselves to perfect pies, breads, cookies, and more! Follow these simple recipes, and you'll be able to bake a pizza and frost a cake--no magic necessary! Follow the easy step-by-step instructions and you can make: Chocolate chip cookies Cornbread Banana bread Pizza dough Cheesy biscuits Apple pies Sponge cake with Swiss buttercream frosting Lemon meringue pie


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Maker Comics is the ultimate DIY guide. Inside this graphic novel you will find illustrated instructions for eight tasty treats! Today is the first day of Sage's magical internship! Her fellow wizards-in-training get to study pyromancy and transfiguration, but Sage has been assigned an internship in...baking? She doesn't think that sounds fun, or particularly magical! But h Maker Comics is the ultimate DIY guide. Inside this graphic novel you will find illustrated instructions for eight tasty treats! Today is the first day of Sage's magical internship! Her fellow wizards-in-training get to study pyromancy and transfiguration, but Sage has been assigned an internship in...baking? She doesn't think that sounds fun, or particularly magical! But her instructor, Korian, insists that baking is a tasty form of alchemy. In an enchanted kitchen where the ingredients insist that you eat them, Sage learns the simple science behind baking--and that's the best kind of magic trick! In Bake Like a Pro!, you'll learn how different combination of proteins, fats, and liquids will result in textures that lend themselves to perfect pies, breads, cookies, and more! Follow these simple recipes, and you'll be able to bake a pizza and frost a cake--no magic necessary! Follow the easy step-by-step instructions and you can make: Chocolate chip cookies Cornbread Banana bread Pizza dough Cheesy biscuits Apple pies Sponge cake with Swiss buttercream frosting Lemon meringue pie

30 review for Maker Comics: Bake Like a Pro!

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    This educational graphic novel about baking is very informative and just a bit entertaining. The fantasy world setting isn't used much beyond drawing a parallel between alchemy and baking and allowing all the ingredients and baked goods to talk about themselves (trying not to think about Sausage Party right now). Mostly it just made me hungry.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    Okay, seriously, what's not to love? I'm admitting bias as I am a baker. Plus I'm an uber graphic novel format fan. So when you combine the STEM/nonfiction side of baking with the excitement of wizardry and alchemy then I'm all in. Over the course of the book she realizes that being assigned to the baking wizardry school was actually the best school to be assigned. I learned more than I could ever (but would need to re-read more several times) to really GET what they're saying and parlay that in Okay, seriously, what's not to love? I'm admitting bias as I am a baker. Plus I'm an uber graphic novel format fan. So when you combine the STEM/nonfiction side of baking with the excitement of wizardry and alchemy then I'm all in. Over the course of the book she realizes that being assigned to the baking wizardry school was actually the best school to be assigned. I learned more than I could ever (but would need to re-read more several times) to really GET what they're saying and parlay that into inventing in the kitchen. As in, I'm a recipe follower to bake, but my husband is a genius cook because he doesn't. But if you know how things interact, you can create like an artist with paintbrushes creates. That's why chefs are like gods. This was a splendid mix of humor, heart, and science. The illustrations are fun, the fact that the ingredients break down the third wall and talk to the reader and each other is entertaining. Likewise, they didn't try to cover everything- it is about baking after all- so it stuck to its mission. Phenomenal and fun.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    When Sage is assigned to her wizard-in-training internship, she’s disappointed that she’s going to be studying baking. But as she works in an enchanted kitchen learning the basic science behind baking, she (and readers) learns that the way ingredients combine and react with one another is so cool that it’s almost like magic. Readers will want to try out the recipes right away to see how proteins, fats and liquids combine to make tasty treats.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Darcy Roar

    This book combines all the best thing: baking, science, & comics! It's seriously cute & informational without being overwhelming. Highly recommended for the bakers (aspiring, novice, or experts) in your life! This book combines all the best thing: baking, science, & comics! It's seriously cute & informational without being overwhelming. Highly recommended for the bakers (aspiring, novice, or experts) in your life!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Katelyn Patterson

    As an infrequent baker, I learned a lot. The premise of it being a wizard apprenticeship could have been woven through the factual content more.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Etchison

    Cute book on baking, including recipes, the science of baking, and adorable talking ingredients.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

    Cute. I wish I had come across this book a few years ago when my daughter's were younger and eager to help out in the kitchen. I don't think I can interest them in it now.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    This cookbook in graphic novel form is terrific. The premise is that Sage, a young graduate of the Wizard Academy, wants to get picked for a “cool” apprenticeship but instead gets assigned to Wizard Korian, a baking master. She’s heartbroken; how can baking count as "magic"? Needless to say, she soon finds out otherwise; that in fact, baking is very much a form of the alchemy she wanted to study. (Alchemy was the medieval forerunner of chemistry, based on the supposed transformation of matter. P This cookbook in graphic novel form is terrific. The premise is that Sage, a young graduate of the Wizard Academy, wants to get picked for a “cool” apprenticeship but instead gets assigned to Wizard Korian, a baking master. She’s heartbroken; how can baking count as "magic"? Needless to say, she soon finds out otherwise; that in fact, baking is very much a form of the alchemy she wanted to study. (Alchemy was the medieval forerunner of chemistry, based on the supposed transformation of matter. Practitioners were hoping to create gold from base metals.) Indeed, Sage is about to learn that bakers can take simple basic ingredients and magically transform them into something delicious. In the process, we learn, along with Sage, all the mysterious properties of common baking ingredients, from flour to sugar to fats and flavorings. Don’t be fooled by the format. This is a sophisticated guide to cooking, and one that will be valued even by experienced cooks. And for those like me who are always taking shortcuts, this book explains exactly why, from the point of view of chemistry, that isn’t always a good idea. Want thin and crispy cookies? Use less flour. Want thick cookies? Use more flour. For soft cookies, use cake flour, which has less protein. Why does the amount of protein make a difference? Because one of those proteins, gluten, traps air. This can help bread dough rise without collapsing, but can also make dough tough and chewy. Egg proteins work differently. They don’t trap air but add strength to the mix. If you use egg whites, they are even stronger because their strength isn't diminished by the fat content from the yolks. But yolks help hold the flavor. Using only whites can also make your baked goods drier, because it is the fat that makes baked goods moist, not the liquids. Who knew! (I use only whites, being hypersensitive to cholesterol. Yes, the baked goods are drier, but now I understand why and CAN TELL EVERYONE when I am making excuses for the lack of moistness!) And here was something very exciting I learned. I make scones all the time, which require one to “cut” the butter into the flour. What does that technique do, and does it matter if some pieces of butter are bigger than others? Most importantly, how does that affect the gluten content, which will, as indicated above, affect the texture? This book has the answers! Illustrations are done by the author. Recipes are included. Evaluation: There’s much richness in this small book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Becky B

    Sage is a magical apprentice. But she gets pretty bummed when she gets assigned to Wizard Korian who is an alchemist and baking master. They don’t even use traditional magic! But as Wizard Korian shows Sage the tricks of making fabulous baked goods, how the ingredients work together to make something new, Sage might change her mind. This has fun fantasy wrappings, but it is totally a how and why guide to baking. The book introduces would be bakers to recipe lingo, baking tools, how kitchen chemis Sage is a magical apprentice. But she gets pretty bummed when she gets assigned to Wizard Korian who is an alchemist and baking master. They don’t even use traditional magic! But as Wizard Korian shows Sage the tricks of making fabulous baked goods, how the ingredients work together to make something new, Sage might change her mind. This has fun fantasy wrappings, but it is totally a how and why guide to baking. The book introduces would be bakers to recipe lingo, baking tools, how kitchen chemistry works, how to bake a variety of goods (many recipes included), what ingredients do what to a dish and which ones you can adjust or swap out, and most of all why good bakers do things a certain way. The chemistry elements of how food compounds and baking work are explained in a way middle school readers on up should probably be able to follow reasonably well (already knowing the basic organic compounds would help and that’s usually solidly introduced in middle school Life Sciences or an Intro to Chemistry though some don’t get it well till Biology). I really like that this book addresses why recipes say to do things certain ways. Everyone’s tempted to bend or break the rules for an easier way if they don’t understand there’s a solid reason behind the instruction. That’s not to say the book doesn’t give readers freedom to experiment. There are numerous places where it gives readers ideas of how to adjust a recipe and not completely destroy whatever they’re trying to make. We have a couple food/cooking/baking graphic novels and they are constantly checked out in our school library. I know this one will be too once we get it. No content issues. I received an ARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Maker Comics: Bake Like a Pro! by Falynn Koch is a fun, exciting introduction to the science and art of baking. The information is framed around Sage, a young wizard, being assigned to apprentice Korian. Sage is disappointed at first because, as they say "it's not even magic!" But Sage soon learns the magic and science behind baking, and grows to appreciate it and Korian's teaching. This is a great introduction to baking for both kids and adults. There are eight baking activities, including pies Maker Comics: Bake Like a Pro! by Falynn Koch is a fun, exciting introduction to the science and art of baking. The information is framed around Sage, a young wizard, being assigned to apprentice Korian. Sage is disappointed at first because, as they say "it's not even magic!" But Sage soon learns the magic and science behind baking, and grows to appreciate it and Korian's teaching. This is a great introduction to baking for both kids and adults. There are eight baking activities, including pies, pizza, cakes, cookies, and biscuits. The science behind each baked good is explained in great detail, going into deep detail about the science of different ingredients, how they interact with each other, and different baking tools. I learned so much while reading this book. I enjoy baking a lot, and knew certain techniques, but I didn't know the science behind it. This book will encourage many future bakers, and will be a great addition to any library or school collection. Thanks to First Second Books for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

    I really enjoyed the author's approach, and felt like the visuals and explanations were well done. It made me want to bake! My one big complaint: this book talks a lot about how methods and tools affect how your recipes come out, but the first two recipes it presents use a stand mixer. Those things are expensive and take up a lot of space; not everyone has one. But the book fails to talk about how to do the recipe with a hand mixer and what effect that would have. It was really frustrating and fe I really enjoyed the author's approach, and felt like the visuals and explanations were well done. It made me want to bake! My one big complaint: this book talks a lot about how methods and tools affect how your recipes come out, but the first two recipes it presents use a stand mixer. Those things are expensive and take up a lot of space; not everyone has one. But the book fails to talk about how to do the recipe with a hand mixer and what effect that would have. It was really frustrating and felt like a big oversight, because someone who is picking up a book like this is probably a beginner who hasn't made that kind of investment, or a literal child. The book made a point of talking about the effect of using a baking sheet vs a pizza stone. It should have talked about the difference between using a stand and hand mixer, if any. If it had, I'd give the book 5 stars.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kelley

    This has a fun story with super cute art. I love the talking ingredients! I also learned a lot about the science of baking. I might actually be less haphazard about following all of the steps of recipes in order from now on. I kind of knew that sort of thing was important because science, but I didn't have any specifics and didn't really care enough to go searching for the info. This was a great, easily accessible look at why baking recipes work the way they do. It also has great back matter. The This has a fun story with super cute art. I love the talking ingredients! I also learned a lot about the science of baking. I might actually be less haphazard about following all of the steps of recipes in order from now on. I kind of knew that sort of thing was important because science, but I didn't have any specifics and didn't really care enough to go searching for the info. This was a great, easily accessible look at why baking recipes work the way they do. It also has great back matter. There's some cheat sheets on the baking methods, measurements, and substitutions, as well as all the recipes made in the comic. I read the copy that I got for my library, but there's enough useful, accessible stuff here that I might also get a copy to keep at home.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cy

    this was a great book! i really liked the wizard school framing, that was really fun. the book goes into tons of detail about the science of cooking, some of which i had a hard time following.....not because it wasn't presented well, but just because i didn't have that much of an interest in the nitty gritty chemistry aspects of the cooking process. there are lots of good basic recipes for different types of baked goods. cake, pie, bread, etc. and there are great tips about how to change the text this was a great book! i really liked the wizard school framing, that was really fun. the book goes into tons of detail about the science of cooking, some of which i had a hard time following.....not because it wasn't presented well, but just because i didn't have that much of an interest in the nitty gritty chemistry aspects of the cooking process. there are lots of good basic recipes for different types of baked goods. cake, pie, bread, etc. and there are great tips about how to change the texture or taste of what you're making by substituting different ingredients. anyway, really great for a teen who's into baking and wants to know how it works!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Destiny Henderson

    Fun and educational with a bunch of bakers' cheatcodes on how to make cookies. This book gave me a better understanding of baking. Sometimes, people who are awesome bakers don't know how to explain what they do, so it's awesome that Bake Like a Pro fills in for them. We see butter, yeast, eggs (yolk and white), sugar, and many more essential ingredients' strengths and weaknesses in our favorite sweets/baked goods. Also, Sage had way too much attitude. Like girl, sit down. That's why your cake was Fun and educational with a bunch of bakers' cheatcodes on how to make cookies. This book gave me a better understanding of baking. Sometimes, people who are awesome bakers don't know how to explain what they do, so it's awesome that Bake Like a Pro fills in for them. We see butter, yeast, eggs (yolk and white), sugar, and many more essential ingredients' strengths and weaknesses in our favorite sweets/baked goods. Also, Sage had way too much attitude. Like girl, sit down. That's why your cake was ugly. :p

  15. 5 out of 5

    Chloe McDaniel

    From banana bread to lemon meringue pie, this comic can teach you how to bake almost anything! The art style was super cute, and the narrative kept me engaged, even with its how-to aspects. Sage is a wizard intern, and while her colleagues are assigned to learn more traditional aspects of magic, Sage is tasked with learning the magic of baking. Even to me, this seemed a bit ridiculous, but we soon learn that baking has its own importance in magic, and Sage is quite good at it! I want to look at th From banana bread to lemon meringue pie, this comic can teach you how to bake almost anything! The art style was super cute, and the narrative kept me engaged, even with its how-to aspects. Sage is a wizard intern, and while her colleagues are assigned to learn more traditional aspects of magic, Sage is tasked with learning the magic of baking. Even to me, this seemed a bit ridiculous, but we soon learn that baking has its own importance in magic, and Sage is quite good at it! I want to look at the other books in this series, as they all have their own story and art style.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    children's/teen graphic diy not as good as the car one, but this might be great for the kid who is super interested in the molecular physics of baked goods (not so thrilling for the average person, maybe). Also not particularly geared towards people with food sensitivities or who are vegan (substitutions are mentioned but you can tell the person writing this isn't particularly knowledgeable/experienced in these areas).

  17. 4 out of 5

    Child960801

    This is a really fun graphic novel about baking. There is a framing story about a young apprentice magic user who is learning to bake and her mentor gives her (and us) all the science behind the recipes they make. This really made me want to make cookies. Also, it made me want to do a science unit with the children on baking. Even though the framing story is fiction, I'm also shelving this as non-fiction because it's really about the science of baking and the recipes.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Becky H.

    Fun graphic novel that teaches the "magic" of baking. Sage is learning how to bake with out magic and must learn the how and why ingredients do what they do. I enjoyed the simple way this author teaches the science behind the basics of baking. Look forward to reading more in the "Maker Comics" series. #50/50BookQuest categories= book with illustrations, book about science, and a book that teaches you something.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I learned so much from this book! I can follow a recipe and make some pretty great baked goods, but this book opened my eyes to a lot of the whys of baking. Why do you have to sift all of the dry ingredients together? Why do you add only baking soda or baking powder, or sometimes both? Why do you have to knead bread? This book answers all these questions, and gave me the tools to substitute and get creative with recipes. A great and useful read for any beginning baker, no matter what age.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    My library got a bunch of these maker comics in so I decided to pick up the one on a topic I knew about already to see how it was. If the other volumes in the set are as well written they are worth picking up/recommending if the topic is of interest. Perfectly enjoyable way to get an introduction to a thing you want to learn.

  21. 5 out of 5

    H

    A bunch of wizardly students get their vocational apprenticeship. The main character in this tome, is chosen to enter the magickal world of baking? She really wanted to be an alchemist! Through the book, she learns that combining the right ingredients in just the right way will result in different yummy food. Is that not what baking is? Alchemy for the stomach?

  22. 4 out of 5

    KaitLphere

    A delightful and instructive book about an apprentice magician learning that baking is magic. The ingredients and baked goods are all side characters, and the human characters are all diverse and supportive. The back matter contains quick guides to everything learned as well as the recipes the character baked in the book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    As a baker, I found this fascinating! It explained all the science behind how the ingredients work together, and explained how different ingredients change the outcomes of different items (cookies, cakes, etc.) It taught basic techniques for everything, and I think the recipes were easy enough to follow along in the comic portion, but the full recipes were included in the back as well!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Jensen

    Sage has been assigned to baking for her wizard internship. After complaining and failing to bake a cake from scratch, she agrees to learn about kitchen chemistry. She learns about the basic tools, procedures, ingredients, and methods while she prepares different baked goods. Awesome introduction to baking using a graphic novel format. Highly recommended to new and old bakers alike.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    When magicians apprentices are given their assignments, Sage is disappointed to be placed in alchemy and baking. But as she learns the magic (science) behind baking, she quickly changes her mind. Great for a chemistry class. Goes in-depth behind what each ingredient does in baking and why different recipes include different processes. Quite a fun graphic novel!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    A fun graphic novel that puts a would-be wizard in the kitchen, where she does not want to be, but she learns how to bake. There is a lot of science involved in baking and it's all explained in great detail.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Wylaina

    I have this as non-fiction and fantasy. It is non-fiction because it has details about baking, tips, and recipes. It is fantasy as the backdrop of the story is a fantasy world with magic. I will be placing this book on my class reading lists as non-fiction.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Awjtf

    Cool way to teach about baking!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Effah Godly

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Make a comics

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I am a decent baker, and I learned quite a lot about the science of cooking. I will definitely check out more of this series because my students can't seem to find enough books in graphic format.

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