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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent book but the editor should be fired., March 15, 2010
This review is from: The Modern Baker: Time-Saving Techniques for Breads, Tarts, Pies, Cakes and Cookies (Hardcover)
The recipes in this book are good and have produced great results, but they are wrought with errors. I have found misspellings, errant directions, omitted directions and an incomplete index. I can't imagine a first-time baker having any success with this book.

For example, I made the instant Puff Pastry (which was great) but found the directions lacking in many areas: there was no mention of the necessary capacity of the food processor (which I found out the hard way when mine overflowed), there was no descriptive of "pulse" which may mean 5 seconds to me and 10 seconds to the author, there were no descriptive qualities of what the dough should look like once it was pulsed and/or rolled out (large butter chunks, small butter chunks, etc.), and when I finally got to making the strudel there was a folding direction for the bottom layer that was misleading and I eventually discovered was completely wrong.

After a couple of weeks I decided to go back and try again with croissants. Too bad they were omitted in the index.
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