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- Print Length: 224 pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC (May 27, 2011)
- Publication Date: May 27, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00542X2DQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,980 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Near Great: As other reviewers have written, this is a very pretty cookbook. The author has a wonderful artistic eye that shows on the dust jacket, the end papers, the scalloped edges, the food presentation, and the colors in the book. The photographs are beautiful, which is to be expected from Frankie Frankeny. My only minor complaint is that one needs to turn the page to complete some recipes. But this happens with most cookbooks. For looks and layout, the book deserves almost 5 stars.
Failure: With food, presentation is only one half of the equation. The other half is taste. And without well-written recipes, presentation becomes either impossible or lost in the first bad tasting bite. This is where the book fails due to extremely poor technical editing.
First, the conversion from volume to weight is inconsistent. I usually bake using weight. If a book does not offer weights, I convert it myself. However, this book does give measurements in both volume and weight. When making my first recipe, the Lemon Shortbread Cookies, I noticed that it called for 2 cups or 8 ounces (227g ) of flour. Usually, if using unbleached all-purpose flour, the weight of 2 cups would be 280g. But I went ahead with the recipe using 227g. The cookies tasted wonderful, but they spread and looked terrible. I froze some of the dough and then baked the cookies, but they still spread. Would this have happened if I had used 280g of flour?Read more ›
Not sure what is more important in a recipe book than the correct measurements. I feel bad for the author, because the publisher has done a disservice to the book. I'm going to contact them and ask for a replacement for when they fix the errors.
What's good about the book: great-looking recipes, especially the small sizes of the cakes. The variety is also stellar. They include not only a wide range of cakes, but also cookies, candies, and basics like frosting and curd. The pictures are lovely and the overall layout of the book is good. I also appreciate that the author has provided the recipes to many of what seem to be her signature items. That is a generosity many other authors with their own stores do not provide. But there are so many errors, it's difficult to trust any recipe.
I didn't have the heart to give this book fewer than 3 stars because the caramels were great and the author clearly spent time figuring out how to make these recipes in a home kitchen. But the publisher needs to put out an errata because it's not fair to those of us in the kitchen to have to guess our way through careless errors.Read more ›
Perhaps the thing I liked best, though, was the scale of the recipes. I love to bake, but now that I live alone a full-sized cake or pie is simply too much for me to consume. Ray's recipes, however, are all scaled to small. The cakes run to a mere six inches, the tarts to seven. Her instructions are detailed and easy to follow, making this a book that newer bakers will enjoy using. Highly recommended.
PS - Miette: Recipes from San Francisco's Most Charming Pastry Shop, together with a Wilton Decorator Preferred 6 by 2 Inch Round Pan and a set of pretty pot holders would make a perfect bridal shower gift!
One final note: I've spent several hours searching high and low for 7-inch tart pans as specified in the book, to no avail. While I did find a straight-sided version in silicon, I do not care for silicon bakeware. On rereading the book, I find that Ray does state that the recipes have been tested for either 7 or 8 inch tart pans or 3.5 inch tartlet pans.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a beautiful book and I keep it displayed in my kitchen.Published 18 days ago by Melissa Gill
I'm really disappointed with this cookbook. The design of the cakes looks lovely, but the only thing that I was able to make was the lemon curd, and a basic cake (without any... Read morePublished 1 month ago by jqln
The recipes are easy to follow and yield really delicious little cakes. I LOVE bakiing a small layer cake. Read morePublished 1 month ago by pam
I love the recipes in this book so i boughg this book for my brother. I didn't know that he likes to bake and he is good at making baked goods so I grab him a cookbook that was... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sherry
Beautifully designed cookbook and makes a great gift especially if you have ever visited Miette's in person.Published 2 months ago by Susan Horst
It took so long to receive this. I sent it as a present for my friend and she got it about a month after her birthday. But she loves the book!Published 2 months ago by HBG
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