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The Art of French Pastry Hardcover – Deckle Edge, December 3, 2013
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I consider myself a pastry hobbyist. I am not an expert and I do not bake every day. However, when I do bake I want consistent results. To that end I have taken a fair number of pastry classes. This book is the next best thing to taking a class from a master. And the best thing about this master is that he knows his audience, because he's taught pastry novices for years. He already knows your potential mistakes and points them out before you make them! So do yourself a favor. If you enjoy French pastries and you want to improve your technique, then buy this book! It is the only book on French pastry that you will ever need.
I added a star since the original review. I have now tried several of the recipes in the book, and I am pleased to report that the results were fantastic. The most significant discovery for me was the pie crusts. That alone was worth the price of admission. Two pie recipes - wild blueberry and lemon -- were very successful, although I cheated and left out the complex meringue topping on the lemon pie and used lime instead b/c that's what I had handy, the results nonetheless were amazing. Be aware that the chef's approach to technique can be daunting and overly precise, but I prefer that to too lax and imprecise. You can always adjust (as I did witht the lemon pie) thanks to his detailed explanations of the ingredients and reasons for the techniques used. As for the Kindle version, I discovered that when using the desktop computer Kindle app, navigation works nicely. So, the problem is with the software on the Kindle iPad app. Can't fault the book publishers for that.
I still stand by my original criticism about the lack of instructive photos, video links, and the overload on Alsatian-based recipes including pretzels. In the bigger scheme of what the book actually delivers -- beautiful results - those are just nitpicking details. Just ironic for a book called the Art of French Pastry. Funny how a title can effect expectations. Anyway, I look forward to learning more proper pastry technique. I would have given this four and a half stars if that were possible.
The Original Review: I pre-ordered the Kindle version believing that there would be a savings in pre-ordering. Hmm. wrong. Within a few days of the release, the price plunged six dollars. So much for pre-ordering.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I didn't buy it for myself. It was a gift for my chef boyfriend and he loves it. It's hard to choose books for him since he is a seasoned professional, but this one had him really... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Jennifer314
Best book on baking ever.... And I have shelves of books to choose from.Published 1 month ago by Ken B
Not even close to being a comprehensive presentation of French pastry. Not really even a decent introduction. Read morePublished 2 months ago by CharlieCooks
This is a beautiful book. If you love making French pastries, look no further! The instructions are clear and every recipe I've tried has been great.Published 2 months ago by BakerChic
Very comprehensive with detailed instructions and explanations on the whys you do what you do.Published 2 months ago by Mack