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The Art of French Bakingby Ginette Mathiot
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From clairs to souffles and macaroons to madeleines, when it comes to desserts, no one does it better than the French. Beautiful, elegant and delicious, French desserts are easy to create at home as only a few basic recipes are needed to make some of the world's most renowned cakes and tarts. The Art of French Baking is the definitive collection of authentic French pastry and dessert recipes. From Tarte Tatin and Hazelnut Petit Fours to Cherry Tartlets and Choux Buns, it contains more than 350 simple recipes that anyone can follow at home.
The book also includes details of basic equipment and techniques and information on how to troubleshoot common baking problems. Along with beautiful photographs and illustrations throughout, The Art of French Baking is an inspiring collection to celebrate the sweet tastes of France.
The book was translated and edited by Parisian home cook, Clotilde Dusoulier, of the famed food blog chocolateandzucchini.com.
"Drawing on updated recipes from Mathiot's 1932 Je Sais Cuisinier (I Know How to Cook) and 1938 Je Sais Faire La Patisserie (I Know How to Make Pastries), this collection provides an informative and accessible introduction into the realm of French pastry making. Believing that homemade baked goods and desserts shouldn't be considered a luxury, Mathiot argues that they can be easily made at home less expensively and with better ingredients and nutritional value by anyone with a little time and a minimum of equipment. To that end, she serves up recipes geared to the nonprofessional baker that cover everything from basics like pie dough, tarts, cakes, and souffles. Frostings and fillings abound and range from the typical pastry cream to almond custard and creme anglaise. Also included are numerous cookies that are sure to delight — like hazelnut tuiles, snowballs, and spoon cookies — and custards, meringues, and fruit desserts, including baked pears, plum charlotte, and apple hedgehogs. However, Mathiot's best chapter is 'Gateaux,' where she proffers varieties of nut cakes, spice cakes, chocolate cakes, and even the dreaded fruitcake, whose reputation she may singlehandedly redeem. A solid primer for those looking to indulge in homemade classical pastries, this book will inspire would-be bakers to new heights." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
By the author of the award-winning Around My French Table and Baking: From My Home to Yours, an irresistible collection of radically simple desserts from French home cooks and pastry chefs.
A and#8220;culinary guruand#8221; andand#160;author of the award-winning Around My French Table and Baking: From My Home to Yoursand#160;returns withand#160;an exciting collection of simple desserts from French home cooks and chefs
With her groundbreaking bestseller Around My French Table, Dorie Greenspan changed the way we view French food. Now, in Baking Chez Moi, she explores the fascinating world of French desserts, bringing together a charmingly uncomplicated mix of contemporary recipes, including original creations based on traditional and regional specialties, and drawing on seasonal ingredients, market visits, and her travels throughout the country.
Like the surprisingly easy chocolate loaf cake speckled with cubes of dark chocolate that have been melted, salted, and frozen, which she adapted from a French chefand#8217;s recipe, or the boozy, slow-roasted pineapple, a five-ingredient cinch that she got from her hairdresser, these recipes show the French knack for elegant simplicity. In fact, many are so radically easy that they defy our preconceptions: crackle-topped cream puffs, which are all the rage in Paris; custardy apple squares from Normandy; and an unbaked confection of corn flakes, dried cherries, almonds, and coconut that nearly every French woman knows.
Whether itand#8217;s classic lemon-glazed madeleines, a silky caramel tart, or and#8220;Les Whoopie Pies,and#8221; Dorie puts her own creative spin on each dish, guiding us with the friendly, reassuring directions that have won her legions of ardent fans.
About the Author
Ginette Mathiot (1907-1998), Officier de la Legion d'Honneur, taught three generations how to cook in France and is the ultimate authority on French home cooking. She wrote more than 30 best-selling cookbooks, covering all subjects in French cuisine, including I Know How to Cook (Phaidon).
Clotilde Dusoulier write the popular blog chocolateandzucchini.com, from her Paris apartment.
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