About Kamran Siddiqi

Kamran Siddiqi

Kamran Siddiqi is a food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer. He’s also the founder of the popular food blog, The Sophisticated Gourmet, and is a full-time student in New Jersey. Hand Made Baking is his first cookbook.

Several palmiers on a wire rack.


These flaky French pastries are dainty, diminutive, and irresistible as can be (typed while licking the sugar from our fingers).

A person folding quick puff pastry on a marble counter.

Quick Puff Pastry

What if we told you it’s actually quite quick, simple, and well worth the effort to make your very own rich, flaky puff pastry? Believe it.

Squares of blondies with chocolate chips on parchment paper on a marble slab

Nancy Drew Blondies

Who knew the famous young detective baked blondies?! But not just any blondies. These blondies. The best blondies. Full of butterscotch goodness.