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4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite ready for prime time, June 25, 2011
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This review is from: Miette: Recipes from San Francisco's Most Charming Pastry Shop (Hardcover)
I was really looking forward to this book, but it is so riddled with errors that I cannot recommend it until the book is fixed in another printing. A couple of other reviewers pointed out some errors, and I came across another major one today when I made the caramels. After the caramel is poured into an 8 x 8 pan, you are supposed to wait 15 minutes and then "sprinkle" 1/4 CUP of fleur del sal over it. One-quarter cup of salt over a small pan of caramels is patently absurd (and the picture they have of these great caramels is laughing at that measurement) -- they probably mean 1/4 teaspoon, though who knows for sure.

Not sure what is more important in a recipe book than the correct measurements. I feel bad for the author, because the publisher has done a disservice to the book. I'm going to contact them and ask for a replacement for when they fix the errors.

What's good about the book: great-looking recipes, especially the small sizes of the cakes. The variety is also stellar. They include not only a wide range of cakes, but also cookies, candies, and basics like frosting and curd. The pictures are lovely and the overall layout of the book is good. I also appreciate that the author has provided the recipes to many of what seem to be her signature items. That is a generosity many other authors with their own stores do not provide. But there are so many errors, it's difficult to trust any recipe.

I didn't have the heart to give this book fewer than 3 stars because the caramels were great and the author clearly spent time figuring out how to make these recipes in a home kitchen. But the publisher needs to put out an errata because it's not fair to those of us in the kitchen to have to guess our way through careless errors.

The caramels are excellent, by the way, without the quarter-cup of extra salt.

*** Updated: June 30, 2011 ***

I added a star because the publisher put out an errata. There are a surprisingly large number of measurement errors, to be honest (I counted 18). Except for these caramels -- which is, indeed, supposed to say 1/4 teaspoon salt -- nearly all the corrections are to the weights of flour and sugar, not to their measurements.

The errata is available here in the comments of this review -- the author posted a link.

*** Updated: July 5, 2011 ***

Made the brownies with correct flour & sugar weights. Decadently good. I brought them to a 4th of July party and people kept coming back for more.

*** Updated: July 28, 2011 ***

Amazon sent an email today saying they will send me a new, corrected book when it comes out in October. Glad the publisher and Amazon decided to fix this.
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Initial post: Jun 25, 2011 8:40:17 PM PDT
Thanks for your balance and consideration

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2011 4:29:27 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 22, 2011 7:33:58 AM PDT
Meg Ray says:
Here is the updated link to the errata: http://www.chroniclebooks.com/miette.html

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2011 11:30:19 AM PDT
Gallimaufry6 says:
Will there be another corrected version of this lovely book available soon? I am eager to buy it ~ but only if the recipes are written without errors! Thanks very much!

~Linda

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 9:21:31 AM PDT
L. Ho says:
I may have totally missed it, but I checked the link 3 times and I don't see a list of errata? Please help.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2011 3:33:50 AM PDT
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Posted on Jul 21, 2011 3:47:02 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2011 4:06:26 PM PDT
I found it! This is a direct link to the .pdf:

http://www.chroniclebooks.com/landing-pages/pdfs/HL4086_Card.pdf

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2011 4:16:41 PM PDT
L. Ho says:
Thanks so much!!

Posted on Jul 24, 2011 5:46:37 PM PDT
lapis says:
Sorry, all. They changed the errata. Instead of listing 18 different corrections, they combined them into one little card. I found the corrections spelled out specifically more helpful, but they probably didn't like seeing a whole page of corrections.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2011 6:27:49 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 24, 2011 6:28:20 PM PDT
I'd rather see the longer list, too. Think you could post it here? Thanks, if so. OR, do you think the shortened version covers it all just fine?
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