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good ideas, however not precise,
This review is from: The Sweet Spot: Asian-Inspired Desserts (Hardcover)
Im a pastry chef at a pan asian restaurant, so naturally this book was natural to pick up. The recipes look great, the pictures are fantastic (im a huge fan of pictures) however most of the recipes I have tried havnt been true to the book and have lacked crucial information. for instance, the lemon twinkie cupcakes he describes as needing only approx 10 minutes baking time. What he fails to mention anywhere in the book is that the baking time is in a convection oven. (I found this out after emailing him) another problem recipe is the coconut flan. 1. I could not get palm sugar to 350 degrees without WAY over carmalizing it. 2. he failed to mention to cover them while baking, or risk over carmalizing the mixture. However, I will give him credit, once you do decipher his recipes, the flavors are pretty fantastic. I tried the poached pears (which do not take 1.5 hours, 1 hour should be more than enough) which were very yummy, and our chef, who despises poached fruit liked the desert. So if you buy this book, be wary, but have fun.
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Initial post: May 15, 2010 6:38:39 AM PDT
Thanks for posting that info. Would have been frustrating to try these recipes and have them fail.
Posted on Oct 10, 2013 4:33:44 PM PDT
Yes, thanks for the heads up. Excellent review. :)
He might consider a webpage of errata (corrections and changes). This is very common with knitting pattern books, and I have no idea why it's not the same for cookbooks.
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