Forget Jamie Oliver, forget Ainsley Harriott, forget Nigella Lawson, and all of those tv 'celebrity chefs', these are the real deal; brilliant chefs who have worked incredibly hard over many years building their reputation with amazing skill, unstinting work and a genuine love of their art, not by being matey or glamorous in front of a camera for a couple of years.
For anyone who wants to be a pastry chef, or who is interested in cooking to this standard at home this will be an invaluable addition to your bookshelves. There is a sound grounding in some of the basics of Patisserie such as doughs and pastries, and an exquisite collection of recipes covering classic French desserts and sweets and the Roux brothers' own innovations and ideas from their years of experience. The recipes are not necessarily there to be exactly copied,although they certainly could be, but can be used to give ideas to stimulate one's own imagination, and to teach important principles and techniques.I have personally found it very helpful in each of these ways.
The dishes are, of course, beatifully presented, as is the book itself, a genuine professional cookbook from two genuine, brilliant chefs.