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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Murdoch Books (7 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742665713
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742665719
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 2.9 x 28.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I freaking love this book. It's like Willy Wonka plus Pierre Herme, times rainbow awesome." --CakeSpy.com --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Adriano trained with the best patissiers and chocolatiers in Paris and beyond and is without a doubt one of the most highly-skilled pastry chefs in Australia. This young chef is the owner and creator of both The Artisan Patisserie: selling pastries, cakes, bread and macaroons and Cafe Chocolat: specialising in the most wonderfully enticing array of sweets and pastries.

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By J. Bonner VINE VOICE on 13 Nov 2011
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This is a beautiful coffee table book, containing incredible photography and flavour combinations that are truly inspirational. However, I don't feel it's very useful for the average home baker (other than those wanting a career as a pastry chef). The recipes for the highly-innovative macarons aren't too bad, but get past that chapter and you'll find that very many of the cakes, gateaux and desserts contain between 5 and 8 different components, all of which require their own individual recipes. These are not concoctions you can knock up in an hour or two on a Sunday afternoon!

Furthermore, the recipes frequently call for ingredients that are completely unavailable to regular home cooks and the quantities required go beyond the capabilities of normal digital scales (eg 1.8g of an ingredient). The ingredients may be available online or in speciality shops, but sourcing them could make the recipes that use them somewhat expensive. I've got umpteen baking books and am experienced baker, but I have never heard of or ever seen for sale calcic, algin, gellan, iota, pandan extract or yuzu juice (not to mention titanium dioxide - apparently only available from wholesalers, ie large quantities). Fortunately there is a glossary at the back of the book.

Certainly there are some recipes that don't contain these unusual ingredients, and others whose component recipes could be cooked relatively easily, but for me this book's recipes involve way too much time and expense for them to be practical. I've given 3 stars for the beauty of the book and its inspirational qualities.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jojo on 30 July 2012
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Brilliant book, great recipes, that actually work! Rice pudding macaroons are my favourite! Really gets the imagination juices flowing. A must for professional chefs.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By katrina browning on 23 Dec 2011
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For anyone who is a fan of Australia Masterchief and the amazing creations by Adriano Zumbo used in the challenges this is a great present. I brought this for my nephrew whose a chief, but when I saw it when it came it also went on my wishlist! If you want something thats a bit different and amazingly creative you'll be pleased.
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I love this book, a lot of the reviews said the recipes aren't doable, and some of them aren't, I attempted(and completed) the 'cake' with the least layers(8 I think) and it took me a whole weekend and about £80, it tasted phenomenal, and i felt great about the achievement but I don't think I'll do another one for a few years.

But there are other recipes in here that you can do in an hour or so, the vanilla salted caramels for example, the only special equipment/ingredients you need for that is a sugar thermometer. The macaroons are really well instructed. Everything that I've cooked from this book has been given rave reviews from my family and friends. But the majority of the recipes are high maintenance and need A LOT of unusual ingredients and equipment. I completely love the book though and would recommend it.
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By bubbles on 11 Feb 2014
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Great book. the recipes are really complex though and some of the ingredients are hard to find. Have tried several recipes and they have worked perfectly
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By Sar on 27 Aug 2013
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Bought for a friend who is very creative with sweets. He said this book really gave him new ideas and the layout & design were different than other books he has had.
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I loved to see Adriano in the Masterchef Australia. And when I shaw this book in here I had to buy it.
And what a great buy it was :)
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By Moi on 31 Mar 2013
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Immaculate condition, fantastic illustrations, enough to make you drool and head into the kitchen, Some wacky recipes, but then he is Australian, but a fabulous book ,not only for the coffee table but to use and enjoy.
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