Synopses & Reviews
A must-have guide for successful bakery and pastry operations
In the Hands of a Baker from The Culinary Institute of America helps bakers and pastry chefs identify, understand, and utilize the tools and equipment needed for successful professional baking. This indispensable book provides in-depth information on how to choose the best equipment for any baking job—from scaling and measuring tools to cutting and confectionery tools, and from small appliances to bakeware and beyond—along with proper techniques for handling and maintaining that equipment. The text also covers basic and specialized tools for every area of expertise in the craft, including baking bread, making chocolates and candies, and creating cakes and pastries. Chapters range from organizing a station to understanding the differences between home and professional equipment. This valuable resource also features step-by-step instructions with supporting photography and illustrations throughout—all in one affordable package.
- A perfect pastry kitchen companion, this title provides guidance on purchasing the correct equipment, organizing a workstation, and proper care and cleaning of all types of baking tools
In the Hands of a Baker covers all the basics of selecting and using baking equipment for the professional kitchen. This text provides guidance on purchasing the correct equipment, organizing a workstation, and the proper care and cleaning of all types of baking tools. Identification photographs throughout the text illustrate must-have tools and equipment, while step-by-step photography and illustrations show readers the proper ways to handle each baking tool. The first part of In the Hands of a Baker covers basic tools such as scales, measures, whips, peelers, and small appliances including mixers, choppers, and ice cream machines. The second part of this text includes more advanced and specialized tools, such as those necessary for bread baking, pastry making, and décor and confectionery work. Basic measurement and conversion information is also included. With In the Hands of a Baker as a guide, any baker can achieve the success that results from the right tool in an accomplished hand.
Table of Contents
THE BAKING AND PASTRY PROFESSIONAL 1
SCALING AND MEASURING TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES 5
CUTTING TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES 17
SMALL TOOLS AND APPLIANCES USAGE AND TECHNIQUES 29
BREAD BAKING AND QUICK-BREAD MAKING TECHNIQUES AND TOOLS 53
PASTRY, CAKE, AND COOKIE TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES 75
CHOCOLATE, DÉCOR, AND CONFECTIONERY 109
Readings and Resources 158