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This has been my first encounter with Dorie Greenspan as a food writer - and I hope it won't be the last. She captures the joy and skill involved with traditional (and modern) Parisian patisserie with enormous flair and passion.
Surprisingly there are no photos - just some exquisite line drawings and elegant typography. You just have to imagine what the creations might look like from her descriptions. But the quality of writing is enough to allow you to do this!
Not a cheap book but some lovely recipes that are appropriate for the home-baker. A treat for yourself - even better if someone else will buy it for you as a gift!
Bought this for younger daughter, a serious Bake-off fan and Francophile - always trying her hand at complicated bakes. Now I've bought it, not sure I can part with it, though! Love the recipes, the text, the illustrations and everything about the production of this little gem of a book. May be looking for a good diet / running book next ...!
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.
If you are planning on a trip to Paris, you must get this book. If you would like to be going to Paris but can't, you should get this book.
The best bakeries are in Paris where the traditions and art of baking is well established and honoured. This book gives you a breakdown of the very best bakeries of Paris and highlights what makes each bakery, specialty item, and Master baker special and why. Brilliant!
The writing is entertaining and insightful - - the write ups of each bakery and baker are informative and interesting. The recipes are very doable, even for novice bkaers.
I've given this book to friends going to Paris and as general gifts and it's always been well received.
I'd give this more stars but for two reasons: There is NO index for the Kindle version, and there are no photos of what you're meant to be creating. Both would add a lot to this book's usability! There's not really even a proper table of contents with a list of recipes--just general descriptive chapter titles (like "cookies") and a mishmash of related recipe text follows.
The recipes, themselves, are a nice collection of medium-to-advanced difficulty level, and generally in the vanilla-chocolate-citrus range in flavors. The book covers good ground, and the stories that accompany the recipes are entertaining enough.
I hope the publisher considers adding an index, or at least a hyperlinked list of recipes for easy look-up!
My family (and a few coworkers as well) are delighted that I have tried several of the recipes in this book. I have never been to Paris, more's the pity, but I have a good idea of how delicious these items would taste. I don't mind the lack of photo's, my imagination is sufficient.
I've gotten a bit jaded about cookbooks, and have weeded out my collection considerably. The only one I make heavy use of at the moment is Zachary Golper's Bien Cuit, for making bread. However, I like to have some sweets on hand for when people stop by, or for my own "tea time" in the late afternoon, and this cookbook is just the ticket. I've admired the pastries in Paris myself (and have even been making macarons and croissants), with this cookbook I can expand my repertoire. I especially like that she worked on the recipes back in New York to ensure that the ingredients we can get here - especially butter! - will work. Enjoyed her anecdotes about the various shops and the pâtissiers as well. Glad I bought this one, and as I'm doing with Bien Cuit, I can see working my way through this one from cover to cover. (The first recipe, "Punitions", I've already started - the dough is chilling in the refrigerator.)
A beautifully detailed book for those that like making and baking French Pastries. A nicely narrated text and really well Hand drawn illustrations by Florine Asch! Well worth to have in your collection for sweets!