- Hardcover: 392 pages
- Publisher: Hachette Livre (Acc) (March 16, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 281230443X
- ISBN-13: 978-2812304439
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.6 x 7.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Laduree: The Sweet Recipes Hardcover – March 16, 2011
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While I know that Paris isn't the only city in France, just as New York isn't the only city in the United States, I have to admit when one thinks of France, it is an automatic thought process to think Paris. That being said, "Laduree" is one of the reasons that Paris has been given this geographic pedestal.
The joy, and the reason for above warning of infatuation, began when the book arrived at my doorstep. For those unfamiliar with Laduree, it is a pastel-colored bakery/tea salon, and its trademark is the soft, sherbert colors of its walls and papers, and presentations of its baked goods (but goods which now extend to personal luxury products as well). First of all, this surprisingly heavy book is encased in a lovely pistachio green box printed with a raspberry print. Once you lift up the case cover, you are greeted with a sheet of a pale plum tissue paper that wraps the book like a light shawl on a somewhat cool spring evening.
The covers of this gem are suede-like, and in the same charming pastel green color. This fact helps you to be impressed by the embossed gold print on the cover, with the same gold gilding found on the top and sides of the pages, thereby making me ever so gently remove it from its tissue cradle. This particular version has been translated into English though you can purchase the French version if you desire.Read more ›
My only problem with the book is the lack of detailed instructions. So if you're looking for the magic method for creating the perfect macaron -- this isn't the book. The ingredients are there -- but not sure fire techniques. There's a suggestion that if your macaron doesn't turn out perfectly - don't worry. Right! I am an obsessed macaron maker and that suggestion will not do!
But that said, it sure is a pretty book and it has a lot, a lot of recipes - there has to be something there to peak your interest. And if you've been lucky enough to visit the Laduree stores/restaurants in Paris, then you'll be happy to have the book in your collection. I am.
I look forward to trying some the recipes -- but if I have a question on technique -- I know I'll have to look elsewhere.
Firstly, this book is awkwardly small. I've never seen another professional cookbook this size. Secondly, while others heap praises upon the padded, velvety cover, I found it impractical and a bit silly. It attracts grease and means you'll need to photocopy or write down recipes to use, rather than cook out of the book. Thirdly, I found the collection of recipes rather disappointing for an acclaimed Parisian pastry shop. I not only expected more in quantity, but more in creativity. There wasn't much here that I haven't seen elsewhere.
If you want a cute little pastry book to sit on your end table or in your breakfast nook, this may be it. Or if you're a passionate fan of Laduree, then you'd better get it. Otherwise, for the price, I'd skip it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is beautiful. For anyone that knows lauderee you know that it's something special. This book comes like their macarons. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lauren
My wife loves how fancy and sophisticated this book is. She loves everything French and this book and sweet recipes are very frenchPublished 5 months ago by William
Beautiful recipe book! I can't even tell you if the recipes are good or not because we used it for decorationPublished 6 months ago by Sailing123
A beautiful book,made the cream puffs ..... perfect,now on to the next recipe.Published 7 months ago by linda becker
Beautiful book! I am afraid to cook from it, for fear of getting it dirty in the kitchen.Published 8 months ago by Kim Lindsey