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Nancy Silverton's Pastries from the La Brea Bakery Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 10, 2000
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Some of these issues could be cleared up with a few extra photos or diagrams. Another example: in a recipe for a "Princess Ring" you are instructed to roll croissant dough around a filling and then form it into a ring, then "along the inside of the ring, about 2 inches from where the 2 ends meet, make a cut 2 inches deep, cutting 3/4 of the way through to the outside edge. Make 5 more cuts evenly spaced along the inside of the ring". I re-read this direction many times and still can't figure out what I'm supposed to do or what the finished pastry should look like. I'm an experienced baker who doesn't need a photo of a scone or muffin to know what one looks like, and I certainly wasn't expecting a glossy coffee table show piece, but a couple line drawings or photos of key steps would have really helped this book.
I consider myself a fairly experienced baker, but have always been intimidated by pastry. Yet I have tried several pastries from this cookbook and all have turned out beautifully (including the Pumpkin Pie, which is indeed the best I have ever had and got rave reviews from my Thanksgiving guests). The directions are clear and easy to follow and the sections on muffins, quickbreads, and scones will keep the novice baker busy for a while until she or he gets up the courage to try the croissants and tarts. Pity not the poor bride who gets this for a wedding gift --maybe her husband will give it a try while she's at work.
One word of caution --get ready to spend some money on kitchen equipment if you get addicted to Nancy Silverton's fabulous recipes. Some of them require cake rings and molds most home bakers don't have on hand. However, lest you be discouraged by that warning, I also have to say that many of the recipes require basic pans and tools.
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Del-lish! Once you got the handle of the recipes you won't stop making these amazing pastries. Bon appetite!Published 3 months ago by lg
Nancy Silverton is the Queen of Baking, and this book is a crown jewel! Entertaining and informative, I have read it cover to cover more than once, and the recipes are divine! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amanda Pigeon
I was delighted to get my hands on Nancy Silverton's pastry book, since I have used her bread book, Breads From The La Brea Bakery weekly since it came out in 1996. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lucy Natkiel
I love this book. I already have Nancy Silverton's Bread book and this one rounds out the collection for my sweet tooth as well as some amazing savory recipes.Published 18 months ago by Abaliene
Many good recipes in this book, the one I am looking forward to making is this one on the cover it just looks soo good and pretty at the same time. Read morePublished 24 months ago by prittimo
Came beautifully. Can hardly wait to try out. Thank you for this. You did a great job
and looks like a fabulous book. Appreciate
I have tons of baking books and this one is exactly what I expect from Nancy Silverton: recipes that are just a little different and better than most books. Read morePublished on October 15, 2011 by A customer
I have baked over half of the recipes in this book: muffins, cookies, candy, cakes, breads and I've loved them all! With the exception of the Toasted Fruit Wedges. Read morePublished on April 30, 2010 by Anonymous