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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (1 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081186944X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811869447
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 3.2 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 364,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

An honors graduate of Harvard College with a degree in Applied Mathematics and Economics, Joanne left a career as a management consultant to enter the world of professional cooking. pastry career: * garde-manger cook at Boston's renowned Biba restaurant * assisting the owner/head-baker of Bentonwood Bakery in Newton * Pastry Chef at Rialto restaurant in Cambridge. * pastry chef at Payard Patisserie and Bistro *pastry chef at Mistral In 2000, she opened Flour, a bakery and cafe, in Boston's South End. In 2007 she opened a second branch of Flour in the Fort Point Channel area. Joanne writes pastry articles and reviews cookbooks for Fine Cooking magazine. She teaches classes and advises pastry cooks both within the bakery and at area cooking schools. She opened a Chinese restaurant called Myers + Chang with her husband Christopher Myers in the South End neighborhood in the fall of 2007. An avid runner, she has competed in every Boston Marathon from 1991 - 2006. * live television performances, including throwdown with Bobby Flay * appeared in the Baking Across America series with King Arthur Flour (see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tk7YfzA2cyY)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Balbina Oliveira on 10 Mar. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was offered this book by a friend who bought it through Amazon. I read the book from beginning to end - that's to show you how well written and interesting it is! It has great photos and great tips. So far I've only tried two recipes but with excellent results! The author gives us only one brownie recipe: it makes quite a tray of delicious brownies,neither gooey, nor cakey, they came out perfect and sooooo tasty! The other recipe I tried was the magic crispy frosting for cupcakes.(I haven't tried the cupcakes yet, as I wanted vanilla caupcakes for my kid's party, I used the Humming Bird Bakery's recipe. Also easy, minimum effort , good results) I don't usually make buttercream on the account of the incredible amount of butter it takes. However, I must admit that this buttercream was so delicious, it didn't feel at all like you were eating cold butter with sugar! Just for these two recipes I'm giving the book five stars and can't wait to try the beautiful layer cakes it features. Just to finish, I LOVE the author's writing style, witty introductions for each recipe and clear instructions throughout!

PS.Although it's an American baking book, it has all measurements both in cups and in the metric system, which is a plus for Europeans. Oh, don't skip the introductory chapters (pages 6 to 30), because they are really useful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andromeda on 26 April 2012
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After a long internet search looking for the perfect banana bread recipe, I stumbled across the Flour's famous recipe which has proven to be the absolute best banana bread I have ever made but also that I have ever eaten. Of course, that is not because of any exceptional skill on my part but rather the fantastic recipe. Based on this success, I decided to search the origins of the recipe and came across this book.

There are some amazing cakes and bread recipes here. A beautiful bundt cake that perfectly marries cranberries, pecans, pumpkin and maple syrup. Even my hardcore, anti-pumpkin children devour it happily. Another recipe that has become a firm favourite is the chocolate cupcake recipe. I'm sure many bakers have tried many different recipes for the quintessential chocolate cupcake. Well, like Flour's banana bread, their cupcakes are now the family favourite and will be baked at least every birthday and holiday. The perfect balance of moistness and flavour and again, very easy.

The recipes in this book are easy enough for anyone to bake - even novices. I have rarely come across a recipe book that has, in a short space of time, had such a positive impact producing so many firm favourites. The apple spice cake and the version of tiramisu are also both out of this world producing unique versions of classics that are easy to make and taste sublime.

Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys baking but also to those who want to impress and spoil their friends and family with some very special treats.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. A. Standing on 17 Nov. 2012
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I am a very keen baker who dreams of opening her own bakery. I collect cookbooks and sometime just sit down and read cookbooks. I wanted this book for ages and finally gave in and bought it. I was pleasantly surprised when it arrived, I love this cookbook, at the start of every recipe Joanne tells you how the recipe became, stories about holidays she's taken and inspiration she'd found, it makes it feel like she's next to you! All I can say is I wish I lived in the USA sometimes so that I could visit one of the Flour bakeries!

Everything I've made from this book has turned out perfectly and her chocolate chunk cookies are to die for, I've searched high and low for the perfect cookie recipe and I can safely say I've found it in Flour. I've now made the recipe loads of times with lots of different additions and types of chocolate, they always turn out perfectly. I've also made the croissants which, whilst time consuming (they take about 2 days to make) are well worth it, they taste much better than shop bought ones and have a gorgeously flaky texture and buttery taste.

I hope Joanne Chang writes another cookbook because I'll definitely be buying it! I would highly recommend this book, the pages are lovely and glossy and whilst there isn't a photo for every recipes, the photo's are beautiful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K.S on 18 Jun. 2013
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Bought this book after watching James Martin in United Cakes of America, he went to Joanne Changs bakery in Boston, liked the look of her cakes and recipes. Some lovely american classics in the book, recipes are in Cups and grams.plenty of pictures throughout the book. Overall, I am very pleased with this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cici on 10 Jun. 2011
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Love baking! This is a very well written book for those who like to try and bake as the professionals. Even if you've never bake before, don't be afraid to follow Joanne Chang's instructions. Read through the entire book, followed her golden rules and voila! you too, can bake.
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By MsDK on 25 Feb. 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderfull book with mouthwatering recipes.
I have tried quite a few and they have all turned out very well.
I love the desserts, one of my favourites is the honey-cinnamon ice cream served with a danish baked applecake.
The sticky buns are messy but delicious, the almond macaroons go so well with coffee, the chocolate pudding with whipped cream is to die for, and the children love the pop-tarts and the oatmeal rasin cookies.
What more can i say? Buy it and try it - you'll not regret it.
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