Paris Sweets: Great Desserts From the City's Best Pastry Shops Hardcover – November 12, 2002
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Scattered throughout this delightful book are whimsical illustrations and beautifully written stories about each of Greenspan's favorite pastry shops and the chefs who created them. Some of their recipes, such as Boulangerie Poilane's sweet, buttery, bite-size cookies called Punishments, are quick and easy enough for even a novice baker. And with Greenspan's clear, step-by-step, detailed instructions, Robert Linxe's Grandmother's Creamy Chocolate Cake, an elegant fudgy decadence, and Poujauran's rich, nutty-flavored Financiers, become child's play. Greenspan manages to demystify even the complicated multilayered Opera Cake from Dalloyau.
From the most perfect Crème Brulee and Coffee Eclairs to the stunning Fresh Strawberry and Marshmallow Tart, made with homemade strawberry marshmallows, Greenspan will have you torn between making Paris Sweets at home and going there yourself. And in case you can do both, she's included all the addresses you need. --Leora Y. Bloom
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
- Publisher : Clarkson Potter; 1st edition (November 12, 2002)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0767906810
- ISBN-13 : 978-0767906814
- Item Weight : 1.6 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.47 x 0.81 x 9.41 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #159,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The recipes, themselves, are a nice collection of medium-to-advanced difficulty level, and generally in the vanilla-chocolate-citrus range in flavors. The book covers good ground, and the stories that accompany the recipes are entertaining enough.
I hope the publisher considers adding an index, or at least a hyperlinked list of recipes for easy look-up!
Well worth to have in your collection for sweets!
The recipes are also wonderful (I would expect no less from Chef Greenspan), and she keeps it to the simple yet perfect items we would find in those bakeries on a daily basis, the recipes that make good memories.
I love this book, am so happy I got it. But it may not be for the home cook looking for new muffins to try or for someone to walk you through creating a paris-brest. It does, however, have the perfect madeleines!! :-) It would be perfect for any foodie who loves visiting Paris, as well as an experienced baker who dreams of french bakeries.
Top reviews from other countries
Surprisingly there are no photos - just some exquisite line drawings and elegant typography. You just have to imagine what the creations might look like from her descriptions. But the quality of writing is enough to allow you to do this!
Not a cheap book but some lovely recipes that are appropriate for the home-baker. A treat for yourself - even better if someone else will buy it for you as a gift!
The best bakeries are in Paris where the traditions and art of baking is well established and honoured. This book gives you a breakdown of the very best bakeries of Paris and highlights what makes each bakery, specialty item, and Master baker special and why. Brilliant!
The writing is entertaining and insightful - - the write ups of each bakery and baker are informative and interesting.
The recipes are very doable, even for novice bkaers.
I've given this book to friends going to Paris and as general gifts and it's always been well received.