THE SHORT REVIEW? Outstanding! When you first behold this book, allow your eyes to feast on the promises yet to be created by your hands, which will be inspired and taught by it contents.
THE LONG REVIEW? Having never been accused of being short on words, allow me to spin the yarn that is Carlos Lischetti. In my eyes, he is probably one of the best sugar artist masters; I can only think of one or two others who could possibly share such a level of talent. He has been a rising star within the cake world for several years, and it has been within the last 2 years or so that the news of the long-awaited book release was floating around the sugar world haunts.
Though this was released last year, it's reportedly already in reprint; but my question was when was it going to get to the States? Beats me! I even emailed Mr. Lischetti and he kindly responded that he wasn't sure and would get back to me. But never one to have much patience, I found this copy through one of Amazon's independent sellers and I am now a happy camper.
Mr. Lischetti was born in Argentina, with his twin brother, Elio (who is a animator no less!) and has been an integral part of this process with Carlos, as well as the book; he created the animation sketches and drawings that proceed each project (Wow....the talent that runs in that family!) They also have a younger sister, Mercedes. If you are fortunate enough to obtain a back issue of the Squires Kitchen Magazine called "Cakes & Sugarcraft" Issue 113 for Summer 2011, on page 6+, there is an absolutely charming sugar project that Carlos made for Father's Day in which he pays tribute to his dad in sugar art! It is such a precious sugar project of figures of his dad, him, his brother, and sister.Read more ›
Carlos Lischetti's sugar art is outstanding and this book is one-of-a-kind. The models are so elegant and beautiful, with amazing character. His work is so precise and detailed yet it is surprisingly easy to re-create when you have his instructions and the photographs. Excellent book.
Don't get me wrong, the book does show different scenes and figures etc, but should have been marked for beginners, as for example a figure with a round head/face and drawn on dots for eyes etc isn't advanced in anyway. Then you come to the cover shot, which for sure got me to buy the book, and was SO excited to see how he modeled the face, and again, he didn't teach me any sculpting, if I wanted to buy a generic mold I wouldn't have invested in a book to show me better, so all in all, it was okay but not at all what I expected from such an esteemed sugar sculptor. Sad!
I bought this book because of the pictures of his beautiful creations and get inspiration from them, but what a surprise when I saw that also has simple recipes and tips!
Be aware: This book is NOT for somebody looking for sculpting instructions, but for anybody that just want to make something beautiful in a simple way, or for somebody that knows already how to sculpt, and what some advice in how to build figures with sugar and how to work with pastries and cream... it is so simple the way he teach it, now I'm planning on making some myself.
I love this book. Carlos describes the techniques very well including how to transport and secure figures to your cakes, which I struggle with at times. Very elegant figures and I am thinking about how I can use his designs and techniques for figures of my own. Love the additional ideas he adds. Highly recommended.