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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 1999
The order of the book flawlessly executes the author's approach: reveal Parisian culture through its bakeries and pastries. The establishments featured in the book are adroitly described, allowing the reader to appreciate their institutional status as well as the cultural significance of their recipes. I have thoroughly enjoyed preparing several of the recipes. Many of the recipes are more appropriate for those with a skilled touch; those with little experience in the French kitchen might better relegate this book to the coffee table, where many a guest of mine has relished in its exquisite photography and warm prose.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 6 January 2006
I have tried most of the bread receipes and all turned out brilliant. The French Baguette wasn't like the one you buy in France, but it was still v. good. The Courgette and Tomato Quiche was wonderfull. I have only tried to make The Royale (Chocolate) and Plenel unfortunately none of them turned out well- had to throw them away.
Pain au raisin- very good. I advise you to buy this book just for the pastries and breads- not sure about the desserts recettes.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 1998
Thus far, I have made the ham, cheese, and olive loaf and a few pastries out of this book and they came out fabulously. I absolutely love this book and highly recommend it to home cooks. The reciepes are manageable and the ingredients are easy to find, or options are suggested. Don't be scared byt he fact that these are French chefs.
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13 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 1999
This is without a doubt the best baking book I have and I have at least 20. I learned about from a professional pastry chef who said it is her favorite and I must agree.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 1998
Clafoutis aux Cerises? Tartes aux Abricots? How about a savory Quiche aux Courgettes et Tomates? A tempting Pain Brioche? They're all here and many more winning recipes. Waken your lover with the tempting aroma of fresh, buttery croissants, fresh from your oven. Receive accolades for your platter of Amuse-Bouches. Ooo la la! Dannenberg and Bouchet team up for another picture-perfect book of recipes she gathered from great French bakers. Can you live another day without it? I had to add it to my shelf!
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14 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 6 September 2006
The high quality patisseries of Paris are an extraordinary visual treat and their patisserie would be a deadly addiction were it not so rich (and expensive). Unless you employ help in the kitchen, this book should be viewed as a tour of the top Paris cake shops rather than a recipe book . In trying to recreate the gateaux in this book you might lose the will to live. Home bakery is for me half the fun of creation and half the fun seeing it disappear but this book is about art.

I've also long held the suspicion that some of the awe inspiring creations are given stability and attenuation of taste by the inclusion of tallow, just as they use lard in their best croissants I think certain all butter patisserie could collapse under its own weight or leave you with heartburn. I will now go into hiding.
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9 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 13 April 1999
This beautiful book transports the reader from the home kitchen to a Paris bakery. It's a treat to look at and the recipes, while they may be intimidating to those just starting to bake, are well worth the time and effort.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 2 July 1997
Having just returned from a years stay in Europe where I had the opportunity to visit Paris many time, I found this book a visual delight, as well as a treasure of hard to get recipes.
It brought back many memories of strolling along the streets of Paris feasting with my eyes, as well as tasting some of the fantastic creations of the bakers of Paris.
Armchair travel for the novice cook, a baking challenge for the experienced.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 1999
I have other Books by Linda Dannenberg, while they are all superb, this one is absolutely my favorite. Although the subject of French pastry making may seem daunting, this book contains many simple but delectable recipes. A must have!
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7 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 29 March 2005
This book is worth possessing for its sheer beauty alone. The presentation on glossy paper and photographs are glorious, and cannot fail to impress. I haven't yet had the time to test out any of the recipes, but, who cares, the book is a joy to own and a treasure to keep.
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