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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (3 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091943477
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091943479
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 2.4 x 25.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Richard's cookery school in Bath is one of the places to learn baking, but if you can't get there, this book is the next best thing to sharpen up your pastry skills." (BBC Good Food)

"Delicious... Proving that everyone can cook pastry." (Homes & Gardens)

"A no-nonsense collection of pastry recipes from a career baker, enhanced by terrific step-by-step photography. Bertinet has an amazing ability to get complex ideas across, clearly and simply." (Tim Hayward Financial Times)

"beautifully illustrated and deliberately user-friendly Pastry guide cookbook makes baking easy." (Metro)

"Let Richard Bertinet guide you to Pastry heaven with his lovely new cookbook Pastry." (Independent)

Book Description

Pastry made easy: a step-by-step guide to making pastry with over 50 mouthwatering recipes, from baking expert and internationally bestselling author of Dough and Crust, Richard Bertinet

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Richard Bertinet is one of those rare people who is not only a master of their craft but also gifted with the ability and enthusiasm to pass on their knowledge to 'lesser mortals' such as myself. Having devoured all three of his previous books and had the pleasure of attending his 5 day Bread course in Bath I was looking forward to this book with great anticipation - and it does not disappoint.

Instead of getting bogged down in nomenclature (shortcrust, flaky etc) he simply discusses "Salted, Sweet, Puff and Choux". The first chapter is devoted to making these basic four types with all you need to know about filling forms, tartlets etc, blind baking, storage and so on. Subsequent chapters deal with the many uses to which these four basic types can be put. The instructions are very clear and always have a view to resolving the problems that put so many people off pastry making. I particularly liked the 'bonus' recipes for pork pies (jelly with port!) and the touchy subject of Cornish pasties!

The book is a beautiful artefact illustrated throughout with superb pictures. The cover is particularly striking.

His writing style is a pleasure to read and it would be difficult to see how the subject of pastry making could be put across in a more clear, reassuring and comforting way. His introduction expresses the hope that this book will encourage everyone to make pastry a part of their domestic routine and I believe he has succeeded admirably.

I would doubt that there is a better introduction to the subject out there!

p.s. this is his first book not to include a DVD; the accompanying videos are available on his website: [...]
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As soon as this book arrived I just had to dive in. Who wouldn't with a picture of a 'milly filly' about to be eaten on the front cover. My husband looked over my shoulder as I oohed and aahed at all the glorious photos. He put in his order straight away - an almond tart (Amandine) and pear tartlets (Pear bourdaloue). Let me assure you they tasted as good as they looked.

I already have Richard Bertinet's three other cook books, which are all inspirational and have recipes that even a moderatley good cook (whoops 'baker') can follow with ease and this book is no exception. He starts the book explaing how to make salted (shortcrust pastry for savoury dishes) and sweet pastry followed by puff and choux pastry. The rest of the book is devoted to mouth watering dishes using these pastries that are within the capabilities of anybody interested in baking. You can make pies, tarts and pastries to equal any you see lining the shelves of french patisseries. Go on, have a go and I'll be surprised if you're not as smitten with this book as I am.
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I spent two days with Richard in a class at his cookery school in Bath and just prior to that I bought his book Pastry. I can now make beautiful pastry with little effort. Richard has taught me how to make the crispiest & flakiest pastry ever with no soggy bottoms! His techniques are simple yet effective. For years I have read cookery books and watched endless programmes of top chefs and cooks supposedly telling you how to make the best pastry. Richard informs you of the best butter to use, how to soften it without getting it warm, how to flake into the flour (and no you don't rub it until it dissapears and forms tiny breadcrumbs like most chefs tell you to do!) I like his down to earth approach and he makes things seem so easy, which they are! The book is full of tips and useful information, together with beautiful pictures (and one for every recipe which is great to see what the finished product should look like). My creations look exactly the same as the photos in his book. The doughnuts are divine. The apple tarts are amazing. The fruit tartlets look like they should be in a French pattiserie window! Buy this book and you'll never be afraid of making pastry. I recommend his cookery classes but the book itself teaches everything you need to know.
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A good book with recipes, photo's and good ideas but the detail is not enough. I figured this would provide me with in detail information about how I can acheive good flaky pastry but it doesn't, so Im quite dissappointed.
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There are not enough starts to rate this beauty. It is a magnificent read with the most comprehensive and concise instructions I have ever seen so far. I am a keen cook and have approximately 800 cookbooks. This is in a class of it own. Not only are the instructions extremely clear and detailed, where need be, there are quality pictures too. There are a fantastic mix of recipes for both novice and experienced bakers, I can't wait to get started!

It's worth every penny-just buy it and you will see for yourself.
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By Bluebell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Jun. 2012
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This is an excellent introduction to pastry-making by an enthusiastic chef/cook who has helped many of us get back into bread-making with his inspiring books (Dough: Simple Contemporary Breads [With DVD]) By Bertinet, Richard (Author) Hardcover on 01-Oct-2005 and the more adventurous Crust: Bread to Get Your Teeth into. As with these two earlier books the photos in Pastry make you want to get cooking. The sequences of photos showing what your pastries should look like at different stages will be very useful to novices perhaps wary of making pastry. It's not difficult if you follow a few simple rules, take you time and weigh ingredients accurately.
My only negative comment is that quite a few photos show pastry that to my eyes look over-fired, but this may be something to do with the colour balance of the photos.
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