Butterflies and All Things Sweet: The Story of Ms. B's Cakes

by Bonnae Gokson
Photographed by A. Chester Ong, Petrina Tinslay

Goff Books | October 29, 2013 | Hardcover

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This photographic book of inspired original cake designs speaks the language of luxury, and will appeal to professionals working in design, fashion and food, as well as to amateur bakers and food bloggers. Bonnae Gokson''s book Butterflies and All Things Sweet opens a window into the inspiration and ideas behind her extraordinary cake designs. Unique in the world, these cakes encapsulate the creative vision of the woman who made her name working with luxury brands including Chanel, Giorgio Armani, W Hotels and Ritz Carlton. Butterflies and All Things Sweet is not a cookbook, but a visual feast, exploring the ingredients, ideas and inspiration behind the works of edible art through lush photography shot on location in Hong Kong-the home of Bonnae Gokson''s cafes and restaurants-and internationally. The ruffles of a petticoat. The petals of a delicate peony. Rolls and rolls of satin ribbons in a dozen shades of red. The startling purple hue of taro at the market. The juicy citrus cells of a pomelo, the jewel-like seeds of a pomegranate. Fragrant ripe raspberries at the height of their perfection. The gold luster of a butterfly''s wing, glimpsed and then gone. "When there''s a lot going on, it is the simple things in life that are the most powerful," she says. Bonnae Gokson''s privileged upbringing exposed her to fine dining, grand entertaining and extensive international travel, and these influences shaped her destiny as the Hong Kong style icon she is today. Yet it is her quest for authenticity and joy that drives her creativity, resulting in cakes that taste as extraordinary as they look. "A little flour, a little sugar, a little butter and the power of the imagination: that''s what it takes," she says. From pure raw ingredients to the last bite, when all that remains is a few crumbs on a hand-painted porcelain plate, each cake is a celebration of all that is sweet and transient in life itself. Bonnae Gokson''s Hong Kong cafes and restaurants include Ms B''s Cakery, Sevva and C''est La B.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 280 pages, 4.61 × 3.8 × 0.48 in

Published: October 29, 2013

Publisher: Goff Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1939621011

ISBN - 13: 9781939621016

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Butterflies and All Things Sweet: The Story of Ms. B's Cakes

by Bonnae Gokson
Photographed by A. Chester Ong, Petrina Tinslay

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 280 pages, 4.61 × 3.8 × 0.48 in

Published: October 29, 2013

Publisher: Goff Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1939621011

ISBN - 13: 9781939621016

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This photographic book of inspired original cake designs speaks the language of luxury, and will appeal to professionals working in design, fashion and food, as well as to amateur bakers and food bloggers. Bonnae Gokson''s book Butterflies and All Things Sweet opens a window into the inspiration and ideas behind her extraordinary cake designs. Unique in the world, these cakes encapsulate the creative vision of the woman who made her name working with luxury brands including Chanel, Giorgio Armani, W Hotels and Ritz Carlton. Butterflies and All Things Sweet is not a cookbook, but a visual feast, exploring the ingredients, ideas and inspiration behind the works of edible art through lush photography shot on location in Hong Kong-the home of Bonnae Gokson''s cafes and restaurants-and internationally. The ruffles of a petticoat. The petals of a delicate peony. Rolls and rolls of satin ribbons in a dozen shades of red. The startling purple hue of taro at the market. The juicy citrus cells of a pomelo, the jewel-like seeds of a pomegranate. Fragrant ripe raspberries at the height of their perfection. The gold luster of a butterfly''s wing, glimpsed and then gone. "When there''s a lot going on, it is the simple things in life that are the most powerful," she says. Bonnae Gokson''s privileged upbringing exposed her to fine dining, grand entertaining and extensive international travel, and these influences shaped her destiny as the Hong Kong style icon she is today. Yet it is her quest for authenticity and joy that drives her creativity, resulting in cakes that taste as extraordinary as they look. "A little flour, a little sugar, a little butter and the power of the imagination: that''s what it takes," she says. From pure raw ingredients to the last bite, when all that remains is a few crumbs on a hand-painted porcelain plate, each cake is a celebration of all that is sweet and transient in life itself. Bonnae Gokson''s Hong Kong cafes and restaurants include Ms B''s Cakery, Sevva and C''est La B.

About the Author

Bonnae Gokson is internationally renowned as a tastemaker and style icon. With inimitable creativity and flair, she founded her burgeoning empire of ultra glamorous hotspots, including SEVVA restaurant, chic C''est la B café-bar, and scrumptious Ms B''s Cakery in Hong Kong, to international acclaim. Considered by many to be art forms, her ventures are constantly imitated. An ingenious entrepreneur, Bonnae has worked in the luxury fashion, lifestyle and hospitality spheres with some of themost coveted brands in the world including Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Giorgio Armani, Christian Louboutin to name but a few. A. Chester Ong is a Hong Kong-based photographer specializing in hotel, resort, architecture, interior, and food photography. His work appears regularly in Conde Nast Traveller, leading architecture magazines, and books. Petrina Tinslay photographs food, interiors and travel for some of the world''s most prestigious brands, magazines, and book publishers. She has shot cookbooks for world-renowned chefs including Nigella Lawson, Bill Granger, Donna Hay, and Delia Smith.
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