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Austrian Desserts: Over 400 Cakes, Pastries, Strudels, Tortes, and Candies Hardcover – May 22, 2013

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About the Author

Toni Mörwald is an award-winning chef and successful author, who apprenticed with some of the most illustrious pastry chefs from around the world. In his native Austria, Mörwald is popularly known for his frequent appearances and classes, during which he offers tips, tricks, and recipes for traditional pastry baking.

Christoph Wagner is a famous critic, writer, and scholar in his native Austria. Along with Edlald Plachutte, Wagner coauthored the bestselling title The Good Kitchen. A weekly columnist for Gourmet News, he was awarded one of Austria’s highest Gold Medal prizes for his culinary writing in 2001.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (May 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616084340
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616084349
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 6.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #993,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Austria has long been known for their amazing pastries, strudels, tortes...the list goes on. Toni Morwald and Christoph Wagner have put together a cookbook of over 400 recipes for Austria's amazing desserts.

My mouth waters as I browse through this thick book of yummy sounding recipes. Classic Coffee Cake, Raspberry Yogurt Schnitten, Torta Meringa, Kolaches, Apple Strudel...oh, my! I'm getting hungry! This book is definitely not for the budget concious, though. Multiple sticks of butter, crazy amounts of eggs (whether whole eggs, yolks, whites or combinations of them) and many hard-to-find or pricey ingredients make up many these recipes. This is not a book I will be jumping into often, but would be great for special occasions. I really appreciated the chapter "Snacking Doesn't Have to be a Sin" which took great recipes and by changing them up a little made them healthier.

There were some issues with the book. A few of the Austrian names are explained, but many are not and since there aren't a whole lot of pictures of finished ingredients, it kind of leaves you guessing. That brings us to the second problem. Instead of pictures with the recipes, there are some scattered throughout the book, but most do not have a picture. What makes it worse is that there are pictures all throughout the book of stuff like a cookie cutter filled with flaked coconut, poppy seeds, half a fig, etc. Many are repeated at least once. If some of that space had been taken and used for pictures of the actual finished recipes, it would have improved this book.

I received a copy of this book from Skyhorse Publishing for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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"Long ago and far away" I lived in Germany for several years. I brought back a baby, a stereo and a cuckoo clock, as the saying went at the time, a deep understanding of the phrase "hurry up and wait" and a huge love of German/Austrian baked goods and desserts, so I've been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Austrian Desserts: Over 400 Cakes, Pastries, Strudels, Tortes, and Candies. It arrived on publication day and I've been wading through it ever since.

Let me get one thing out of the way immediately: Austrian Desserts: Over 400 Cakes, Pastries, Strudels, Tortes, and Candies was written by two of Austria's most well known pastry chefs. This is absolutely not a book for beginners. If you do not have at least some familiarity with the basics of baking, you will find most (by far) of the recipes in this book beyond your ability to reproduce successfully, not because of the level of difficulty of the item but because of the presumption that certain things need no explanation. Save yourself the frustration and come back after you've learned to bake.

At 445 pages and more than 400 recipes, the book is actually much smaller than I thought it would be, with dimensions just slightly smaller than Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, a book that echoes across time in the layout of the pages - ingredients in one column, directions in a clearly delineated adjacent column, a format that is very easy to use and follow. The typeface is generally easy to read, but I did find that I needed my reading glasses for the ingredients lists.
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While many of the well known items are covered, this book includes a diverse array of desserts which may be unfamiliar because they are outside the usual Austrian line up such as fruit soups and some plated desserts . There are many suggestions for flavors including an intelligent use of herbs . A useful addition to my library which will get referenced frequently because I am a professional pastry chef .
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Beautiful cookbook will use to make cake and other desserts for family dinners and holidays.
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Disappointing not many traditional recipe's It has the chefs own creations which are not authentically Viennese.
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No photos I wish I could cancel this
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Lots of wonderful recipes and tidbits of information. I am really enjoying this newest addition to my cookbook colection.
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