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Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston's Flour Bakery + Cafe Hardcover – October 20, 2010
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It's hard to believe that Flour is Joanne Chang's first book, because the level of mastery, precision and experience in it make it feel like the work of someone who's been showing new bakers the light and the way for a very long time. --NPR, Ten Best Books of 2010
About the Author
Christie Matheson is the author or co-author of several books, including Salty Sweets. She lives in Boston and San Francisco.
Keller + Keller are Boston-based food and lifestyle photographers.
Top Customer Reviews
The book covers breakfast treats, cookies, cakes, pies & tarts, other sweets, and breads. Each chapter has popular treats (i.e. red velvet cake, sticky buns, and chocolate chunk cookies, which are wonderful) and also has more unique recipes, too (i.e. hazelnut-almond dacquoise, lemon marshmallow meringue pie, and rosemary shortbread). There are also recipes to make homemade versions of popular, American treats, such as oreos, pop tarts, and fig newtons.
One downside to this book is that there are few pictures. For example, only about four of the twenty-five recipes in the cookie section have a picture, which is a shame because the pictures in the book are beautiful. One note - the carrot cake recipe calls for baking the cupcakes for 50 minutes, but mine were done after 25 minutes. I'm not sure whether that was a typo or whether I just have a hot oven.
*Update 11/7/10* The chocolate chunk cookies were some of the best chocolate chip cookies that I've ever made. I also really liked the Chunky Lola cookies. The surprise hit so far, though, was the cornmeal lime cookies. They were surprisingly addictive and the perfect end to a Latin-flavored meal.Read more ›
Last weekend I successfully made the most delicious croissants I've ever had in my life. I couldn't believe I made them at home- it was all thanks to this book! Highly, highly recommended for beginners and passionate bakers alike!
1. The times for just about all recipes I've tried have been way off. Suggested times are up to twice as long as it seems they should be. I bake/cook a lot and I've never seen anything like it. For example, the tart crust was burnt way before even the shortest recommended time was reached and I baked the granola bars for only 25 minutes after adding the topping, instead of for the recommended 50-60 minutes. I wonder if the recipes have ever been tested--a process I believe is common for good cookbooks. At first I thought my Wolf oven had lost its temperature calibration, but when I tested it with an independent oven thermometer it was right on. I have not been using my oven in convection mode, which can slightly reduce baking time. I suppose I could be wrong about the times and it is really the recommended temperatures that are off.
2. At first I thought the timings for the cakes were bad because there was no real definition of the type of 8-inch pan to use--that is, one with 1.5, 2 or 3-inch high sides. I consider this to be a glaring lack of definition of the type of pan to use. The Midnight Chocolate Cake overflowed my pan with 2-inch sides and cooked in about one-half the suggested time. I then went and bought an 8-inch pan with 3-inch sides for the carrot cake and, although the cake stayed in the pan, it cooked in a mere 50 minutes instead of the recommended 80 minutes. At this point I thought I did everything I could to be faithful to the recipe and it still took only about 60% of the recommended time to bake the cake.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't buy cookbooks. I tend to only use a couple of recipes out of them, if any, so I check them out free from the library. I checked this one out. Then I renewed it. Twice. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Samantha DeMont
I tried my best to love this book, because the writing was great, and the introduction was well thought out and detailed. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Widya Chen
i love this cookbook --- i have made quite alot of the recipies and used them in my catering they are wonderful addition to my collectionPublished 18 days ago by KateM
As noted, alot of the recipes have ingredient amounts and cooking times that are not correct. In particular, I have not been able to figure out the Yellow Birthday cake.. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
I just got this book and I think it is the first cookbook I'd ever describe as a page turner. The introduction is very inspirational - you'll want to quit your job and follow your... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sarah Lynn
Such a heavy book need to be packed with more cushioning for its trip to Northern Minnesota.
This is an excellent book I like it so much this is a second copy to gift