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This review is from: Patisserie at Home - Step-by-step recipes to help you master the art of French pastry (Hardcover)
Warning: Even if you don't make anything from this book it is more than capable of contributing towards weight gain. You will be thinking of wonderful cakes after looking at just a few pages from this richly-illustrated book.
The raison d'être of this book is to help take the fear factor out of French patisserie and get you making some masterpieces along the way. It manages this with aplomb yet it does not feel like a cold, heavy book that is rich on the theory. Straight away you are schooled in making key staples such as croissant pastry and ganache before being let loose on a host of many classics from the chapters covering patisserie, tarts, petits fours, gateaux & desserts and Viennoiserie.
To get the most out of this book and its easy-to-read teaching style, you should really go through it sequentially at least once as there are little hints and tips throughout that, if applied, will surely help take your culinary expertise to a new level. Of course, you can dip straight in and get good advice, but you will be missing out on a lot of things. As well as classics there are many other recipes worthy of closer scrutiny, such as chilled lemon soufflés and chocolate and beer cake (!). An index at the end of the book is fairly detailed and lets you dig deep into the book.
About the only slight concern was the quality of this book's binding, at least on the example under review, as after relatively light use it felt like some of the pages were ready to fall out of the binding. That would be a shame as this reviewer can see this book being a regular companion in the kitchen and one doesn't really want to have to resort to sticky tape in such a wonderful book.
There are certainly no shortage of books that will show you how to make such goodies yet this one has managed to carve a bit of a niche through its accessibility, informativeness and relaxed learning style. A book certainly worthy of further consideration, unless, of course, you are trying to diet.