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Gorgeous ideas but unhelpful 'how-to' information
on 19 May 2016
I think I am an experienced home baker and icing piper, yet I found the recipes required modifications and the icing techniques poorly describe/over simplified. It left me feeling disappointed with the results. It required a lot of trial and error before I figured out the trucks to achieve cookies like those in the photos and I wonder why the details were not written into the book in the first hand. It's almost as if the book is written for coffee table browsing rather than to actually be a helpful guide. If so, it is an excellent, inspiring book.
I even went into the London shop, and had a go in their icing cafe. I was disappointed that they only provide one type of icing consistency in the cafe (line icing), so it's hard to practice the flooding techniques. (However, the shop employees were lovely. ) It turns out I'd have to sign up to a course to try other consistencies.
I've heard the Pamela Giles book is better... so I'll try that.