- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Absolute Press (30 Sept. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1906650136
- ISBN-13: 978-1906650131
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Indulge: 100 Perfect Desserts Paperback – 30 Sep 2010
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Irresistible .... [has] enticed me to start measuring ingredients with a scale in the true pastry-chef fashion. -- Bonnie Stern "The National Post" (12/01/2007)
About the Author
Claire Clark, regarded as one of the top two or three pastry chefs in the world, learned her craft under the legendary Swiss patissiers Ernest Bachmann and John Huber. Her glittering career has taken her to some of the leading restaurants in London including the kitchens of Claridges Hotel in Mayfair and The Wolseley on Piccadilly. Claire Clark, moved to California in 2005 to take up the position of Head Pastry chef at The French Laundry, voted 'The Best Restaurant in the World' in 2005, where she works under the admiring eye of the inspirational double three-star Michelin chef Thomas Keller. Indulge is her first book.
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Top Customer Reviews
None of this should detract from the fact that this is one of the most originally and scrummy-looking baking books in many years, if they'd just added a few more lines to each recipe, it would get five stars.
The problem is that this is hit and miss. Over 40 of the desserts don't have images, unaccpetable for a modern book when it costs little more to print a picture on a page - and it's suposed to be an inspiring book by a top chef. I want to see how they present their food as much as learn the recipe! Also many of the recipes are very basic; ones I'd expect to see in a beginner's book. Lemon posset?? Do you even need a recipe for that? It's just cream, lemon and sugar. Disappointing.
Also I think I've come across a few errors in measurements and instructions. What I think really has happened is that about 50% of the recipes have had thought, time and effort put into them and the rest are just fillers. Maybe they're not even Claire Clarks?? If these 'filler' recipes had not been there the book would have had five stars are they are exactly what I was hoping for. Buy it at the reduced price but it's definitely not worth the full cover price.
I only got the book about two days ago and already made a few things.
The scones are great (i don t like scones but liked those) and if you want to make then savoury just cut the sugar by half, add mustard powder and 100gr of cheddar.
I also made the shortbread (it is good), and the icing for the carrot cake is fab.
The book is inspiring, a lot of great pictures and you feel that Claire Clarks is an experienced baker that worked for the best.
Not a single bad thing to say so far, you really can tell that the author is a perfectionist and that she loves her baking so much that she wants us to get hooked too.
If you haven't had this divine experience here is your key to her heavenly indulgences: Open the book, enjoy the designer photos of the most mouthwatering dishes and follow the recipes! They work!!!! This book is a must for any food and art lover as both worlds are combined in this coffee table beauty! The Pecan nut brownies are just to die for!!!! But before, you have to try them all! Happy baking... with Claire's advice, it's a piece of cake!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Easy to follow even the more complex cakes. Best shortbread ever.Published 9 months ago by Mrs. N. J. Walton
Fantastic and Interesting at the same time. Written by Claire Clark a lady
that has total respect from Professional Chef such as myself. Read more
Amazing book on desserts. As a professional pastry chef I can tell you that this book has given me some awesome inspiration, ideas and recipes. Highly recommended!Published on 10 Sept. 2014 by yorkshirepastrychef
There are some lovely recipes in this book. I particularly likes the biscuits, but the desserts are highly complicated, often with four different components to make and assemble. Read morePublished on 15 Feb. 2014 by singinghinny
There are a whole bunch of really nice recipe ideas in this book and it's beautifully presented. Definitely worth £10.Published on 10 Aug. 2013 by a reader
I was looking forward to receiving this book, having seen Claire Clark on Celebrity MasterChef UK and making a fantastic Chocolate Celebration Cake. Read morePublished on 19 July 2013 by Amazon Customer
For the excellent first recipe of simple shortbread this book is worth every penny but there is so so much more. A true " Great "Published on 5 May 2013 by jmf