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B. J. Eilola "Confections of a Sweet Tooth" (Brisbane, QLD Australia)

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Advanced Bread and Pastry
Advanced Bread and Pastry
by Michel Suas
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £43.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating book needs a lot of refinement!, 28 July 2013
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I've found many issues with this book; while it has a lot of great info, recipes and images, it has a lot of useless info and it is not as refined as it needs to be for a reference book of this size. The single most annoying feature is the 'bakers percentage' and its application to every formula (even non-bread based); while I know it seems to have been made a (poor) standard in the industry, the actual methodology behind it is convoluted and of little use if you are used to working with the metric system and makes even less sense when applied to a non-baked item like confectionery which this book attempts to do.

While there are 'token' metric measurements listed in the formulas, many of them have been incorrectly converted. I say token, because the author should have included a metric 'test' scaled listing alongside the non-metric one provided to make it useful to the rest of the world. Those of us that use metric exclusively have to manually recalculate all of the ingredients to scale the formula down for test sized batches which is VERY irritating to say the least. And given the percentages listed are not based on a 100% total batch size, it's not such a straight forward task.

There are also mistakes with Celsius conversions in some recipes.

The lack of informative captions for many of the 'step-by-step' images is another poor oversight.

The layout of this book is another frustrating feature as it requires one to constantly flip back and forth between sections to references from a formula to a method (with no page references)...

The section on Sourdough would put anyone off as it's overly complicated and convoluted.

The table listing for Pate Fruits is very good if you want to make a single item, but not so good if you want to make the same batch size for many different fruits! Looking through the table you soon realize that the finished batch sizes are significantly different from one another and given the measurements (strangely for this book) are based on 1Kg of fruit one would presume (and expect) that the remaining ingredients would be scaled accordingly to produce a consistent batch size for each of the fruits listed. Not so. Be prepared to spend some time doing your own calculations here!

I sincerely hope that future revisions of this book address these issues as it has the potential to be a very good reference. There is too much wrong with it in its current form for me to recommend it with any enthusiasm...
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Wenger Men's Analogue Watch 70430 With LED Nomad Multifunction Digital Compass
Wenger Men's Analogue Watch 70430 With LED Nomad Multifunction Digital Compass
Offered by TheWatchPoint
Price: £288.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Must have bought a lemon, 28 July 2013
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I ogled this watch for many months before making a purchase... was extremely disappointed to find that the digital display was faulty and one of the digit segments didn't display at all... Amazon referred me to the supplier and I received absolutely no response from them. Fortunately I was able to get my money back with a return to Amazon.

So very annoying to say the least!

Rosle 1.2 cm Stainless Steel Confectionery Funnel
Rosle 1.2 cm Stainless Steel Confectionery Funnel
Price: £85.27

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality and design!, 28 July 2013
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Compared to most professional confectionery funnels currently on the market, this is one of the best. Especially when compared to some of the more exorbitantly priced plastic models which have limitations particularly with regards to useable temperatures.

Some serious thought has gone into its design and practicality; with the discrete dosing mechanism which does not impede on the opening making filling and cleaning easy. Very solid, high quality/heavy gauge stainless steel; 1 liter capacity with clearly visible measurement markings on the inside wall. The unit comes with a very stable stand and handled drip cup that slots into the stand.

A superb piece of equipment for anyone serious about confectionery making or designer kitchen items.

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