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Archive for the 'Dessert & Pastry books' Category

Patisserie: Mastering the Fundamentals of French Pastry

We receive all kinds of cookbooks at DessertBuzz worldwide headquarters from the practical, to big, showy, coffee-table-style books.  What I have observed over the years is that it’s very unusual for a book to stand out and separate itself from the pack.  Books that have incredible 14″ x 14″ color photos on every page look good in the living room but are often impractical to use in the kitchen or thin on details and guidance.  Conversely, books with tons of copy but no photos are frankly, not that much fun.  This new (hot pink) volume from Rizzoli seems to score big on both style and substance.  That’s why we think this is the second book we have reviewed in the last 3 months that’s certain become part of the cannon of classic pastry reference books. (more…)

This is a book for someone who just wants to make awesome cookies

I already gave my recommendation for the top gift book of 2012 for the serious home baker or pro-chef, Francisco Migoya’s, Elements of Dessert (reviewed last week).  Today, I am recommending Nancy Baggett’s Simply Sensational Cookies–the perfect book for the casual home baker who wants to go beyond basic cookie recipes.  It shares some of the characteristics that I like about Elements of Dessert in that it’s really part coffee table book and part cookbook.  The photos and quality of the pages are also a step above the average cookbook.  There are over 200 cookie recipes, including macarons, flour-less chocolate cookies and no-bake treats.  Lastly, Nancy Baggett equals credibility when it comes to cookies and cookbooks in general so you know the recipes will be solid. (more…)

Need a gift for a "serious" baker or pastry aficionado? Look nor further.

Over the last few months we’ve received some great, pastry-centric books here at DessertBuzz worldwide headquarters.  I thought I’d start with my favorite of the bunch–Plating For Gold: A Decade of Desserts from the World and National Pastry Team Championships by Tish Boyle, published by Wiley. (more…)