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Beautifully written with easy to follow recipes and wonderful illustrations. You feel as if you have been transported to Paris and it definitely makes you want to go and investigate. I only hope most of the places are still there - this book is a few years old now.
I use Dorie's recipes regularly, and I have no doubt I will enjoy these recipes just as well. I'm only disappointed in the absence of photos. Maybe this is true only of the Kindle version. I realize I can google the types of pastry to see how they should look, but in that case I could google for recipes as well.
I loved the book's account of some of the best-of-the-best patisseries in Paris, along with many master recipes. However, it was disappointing that the author chose to omit photos showing any of these fabulous recipes, which serve as the very backbone of the book. WHY?!! Who knows? Yet the book does remain a good buy and it further illuminated the world of amazing french pastries and the art that the Parisian masters continue to revolutionize. And if you must get a glimpse of the amazing pastry creations by the featured patisseries, just go to their own websites. There you will be able to be dazzled by many photos of their edible art works. Enjoy!
This is a book that you just want to read and drool over. I have not made a single thing from it but have marked many things and one day I'll get around to it. Until then - I just keep reading it and drooling. I can't give it 5 stars since I haven't cooked from it. But reading it is fun.
I would say this a decent book that features pastries and sweets coming from bakeries or patisserie around Paris. You can also reference Linda Dannenberg Deliceux, updated in 2016. Dorie Greenspan gives her food insights, why these pastries and sweets are popular and their culinary heritage and food origins. Then introduces how these bakeries are so popular for more than 20 years or so. She gives adapted recipes on most of these establishments. So I would say this book is a mix of a travel book, gives it history and also a recipe book of their somewhat signature sweets and pastries.
I like this recipe book especially that the recipes are adapted from the popular patisseries in Paris. The recipes are very well written and I love how the author gives a background to each Patisserie and even about a few ingredients. My only disappointment is the lack of pictures. Not a single photo of the desserts were shown except for a few caricatures that don't help at all. Some of these desserts are new to me so it would've been helpful to have a few illustrations.