One of my cookbook heroes is Dorie Greenspan. I use her books all the time, figuring her excellent instructions will help keep me from failing. We tested her incredible new cookbook at Food & WIne, Baking Chez Moi, and I fell in love with her Brown Butter-Peach Tourte. So I asked her if she ever fails.
Here's what Dorie said:
"Just this week, I bought a stack of silicone molds in fabulous shapes and then couldn't un-mold what I'd made. The little cakes (a very simple recipe) stuck and tore and were useless to serve to anyone but dear, sweet Michael. I was just excited and wanted to use the molds right away and I didn't follow the advice I always give everyone else: Grease the pans even if they're silicone. "
Do you have any cookbook hero's? Leave a comment, I want to hear from you!