The Art of French Pastry

The Art of French Pastry Winner of the James Beard Award for Best Cookbook Dessert BakingWhat does it take to perfect a flawless clair A delicate yet buttery croissant To pipe dozens of macarons The answer is an intimat

  • Title: The Art of French Pastry
  • Author: Jacquy Pfeiffer Martha Rose Shulman
  • ISBN: 9780307959355
  • Page: 321
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Winner of the 2014 James Beard Award for Best Cookbook, Dessert BakingWhat does it take to perfect a flawless clair A delicate yet buttery croissant To pipe dozens of macarons The answer is an intimate knowledge of the fundamentals of pastry In The Art of French Pastry award winning pastry chef Jacquy Pfeiffer, cofounder of the renowned French Pastry School inWinner of the 2014 James Beard Award for Best Cookbook, Dessert BakingWhat does it take to perfect a flawless clair A delicate yet buttery croissant To pipe dozens of macarons The answer is an intimate knowledge of the fundamentals of pastry In The Art of French Pastry award winning pastry chef Jacquy Pfeiffer, cofounder of the renowned French Pastry School in Chicago, gives you just that By teaching you how to make everything from p te choux to pastry cream, Pfeiffer builds on the basics until you have an understanding of the science behind the ingredients used, how they interact with one another, and what your hands have to do to transform them into pastry This yields glorious results Expect to master these techniques and then indulge in exquisite recipes, such as brioche napol ons Mille Feuilles cream puffs Alsatian cinnamon rolls chinois lemon cream tart with meringue teardrops elephant ears palmiers black forest cake beignets as well as some traditional Alsatian savory treats, including Pretzels Kougelhof Tarte Flamb e Warm Alsatian Meat Pie Pastry is all about precision, so Pfeiffer presents us with an amazing wealth of information lists of necessary equipment, charts on how ingredients react in different environments, and the precise weight of ingredients in grams, with a look at their equivalent in U.S units which will help you in all aspects of your cooking But in order to properly enjoy your just desserts, so to speak you will also learn where these delicacies originated Jacquy Pfeiffer comes from a long line of pastry chefs and has been making these recipes since he was a child working in his father s bakery in Alsace Sprinkled with funny, charming memories from a lifetime in pastry, this book will have you fully appreciating the hundreds of years of tradition that shaped these recipes into the classics that we know and love, and can now serve to our friends and families over and over again.The Art of French Pastry, full of gorgeous photography and Pfeiffer s accompanying illustrations, is a master class in pastry from a master teacher.

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    1. I checked this out from the library looking for some info on baking. I didn't expect to find something so Incredibly detailed and beautiful. I rarely purchase cookbooks for my own library but this one is already on its way to me.

    2. Amazing piece of work! Very clear, full of useful advice including how to fix things in case you commit common mistakes. A strong leaning to Alsatian classics because that's where Chef Pfeiffer is from. I'm so impressed by this book, I want to cook every single recipe over and over.

    3. NO DETAILS LEFT OUT. A GENTLE TEACHER GUIDES A HOMEBAKER ALONGNo detail left out for untrained baking enthusiasts. I'm eternally grateful. I own several baking books but this is the one that made me give a deep sigh of relief . I love the anecdotes, they ease my tension at trying the recipes . The way this book iswritten gives an impression of a gentle teacher guiding you along and encourages one to become an intrepid homebaker. I had several lightbulb moments reading this book, among them are t [...]

    4. Not for the faint of heart. True French pastry is time consuming. I have outfitted my kitchen to truly cook, well, everything, but ordering to handle pastry had three LARGE boxes at my door. If you are serious about learning to cook like this, read the beginning of the book and pay attention to the tools lists and such. After that investment, my regular cooking has been upgraded. Silpats, who knew? The author goes deep into technique like how to hold and angle your pastry bag or why you should [...]

    5. I quite loved the stories the author shared of his own journey to learn. The book is well done and I enjoyed reviewing the basic recipe building blocks and the full recipes they support. It's definitely not a simple 'let's slap a few things together and it's good' recipe book. The intent is to teach someone what it takes to really get it right.

    6. This is by far the best french pastry book I have come across!I owned loads of cookbooks and love making dessert for my family and friends.This book written by Mr. Pfeiffer is for both beginners and experienced bakers.His recipes are very long, list out every single steps that you need to accomplish the bake and most importantly, he explains in details WHY an ingredient is needed.I have tried making the puff pastry, croissant and sponge cakes. All of them are very successful and taste superb! I [...]

    7. I had the honor of attending a class taught by the incredible Chef Jacquy, so I got more than what one would usual get from a cookbook. Not only did I get my copy signed, but I also raw interaction with the man behind the book! Aside from being a kind, humorous man, he is very talented and I owe many of my accomplishments to him! Thank you Chef Jacquy!

    8. Solid, gorgeous, and relatively comprehensive on French desserts (where's the kouign amann?!?!). The Paris Brest is one of the best pastries I've ever made, thanks to the candied hazelnuts mousseline suggested. Worth it for the serious baker.

    9. If you want to try your hand at French pastries, this is the book! I admit I have not used this book as I am not the cook in my family, but everything my husband and daughter have made is delicious and tastes as good as the local French bakery.

    10. Book works as a personal masterclass. Is amazing. The book to go to if you really want to understand pastry and not just want to have another book with recipes

    11. This is a complete guide to everything you need to know in order to grasp making French pastries in your home. I love the author's anecdotes about his upbringing in a bakery. I highly recommend!

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