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Kitchen Rhythm: A Year in a Parisian Pātisserie

Kitchen Rhythm: A Year in a Parisian Pātisserie [Kindle Edition]

Frances Leech
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At 5.37 a.m. my alarm goes off for the first time. By 6.09 a.m. I will be waiting on the metro platform. By 6.27 a.m. I pull open the swing door and duck under the pink curtain of the pâtisserie. I am probably last. In our tiny bakery on the other side of Paris, our cakes are made in the early morning, to preserve that freshness and crunch.

Following in the footsteps of Rachel Khoo, Frances Leech has been lured to the city of love by puff pastry. For the past year she has worked in a small little French-Japanese pâtisserie where margins are small and the pressure is on. On any given day this small bakery uses 100 passionfruit and coconut mousses, 18 kg of chestnut and rum paste for Mont-Blanc tarts alone.

Frances trains alongside her Japanese colleagues perfecting meringues, passionfruit mousse, millefeuille and sticky caramel as well as a working knowledge of idiomatic Japanese. She feels incompetent, clumsy, tall and gets burned a lot. But her colleagues are patient and kind and she learns to love the art of pastry, despite the early mornings.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 100 KB
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (4 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.ą r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BFTV2Z2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,072 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary piece! 23 Mar 2013
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The author has centred one of the most difficult things for a writer: how to describe with words, processes and small events concerning practical things, such as suggesting the care and attention that you need to produce a perfect cake, with the mixture of manual skills, high concentration, and attention to sound and even touch. The atmosphere of the Japano/French patisserie is just perfectly recreated, with a hint of refined humour, and lots of inventive, but natural and not at all forced, linguistic expressions and perceptive remarks. A beautiful story, which, at times, veers towards an almost poetical language. A real masterpiece.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but... 12 Jan 2014
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I headline this as interesting but it would be much more so if longer. To me this does not give the real flavour of working in a patisserie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One for the Beguiled Baker! 18 Nov 2013
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Anyone with a passion for creativity will understand this small but intriguing book. Paris, Japan and patisserie don't seem to go together, but in this book they do. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and know I will read it again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely 14 Oct 2013
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An enjoyable read, who wouldn't enjoy the thought of being up to their elbows in chocolate mouse? I wanted a little bit more...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 10 Oct 2013
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An interesting tale of the love of pastries. An brief insight into the lives of Parisian kitchen workers. It was an enjoyable read.
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