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Great book for those who are passionate about baking. It explains a lot of different techniques and has plenty of recipes to keep you occupied for months. Only negative point that I have about this book is that many of the recipes are in rather large quantities which makes it a little less convenient for home bakers who just want to make 1 batch of a certain thing.
I bought this book because of the great reviews. The recipes look good, but I gave it 3 stars for two reasons: 1. The book came damaged. Luckily it’s only the table of contents and a few pages after. It’s way too pricey of a book to arrive damaged. 2. The recipes are for huge amounts of food (i.e 6 8” cakes!) For a home baker, you will have to divide some of these recipes into thirds and quarters or more. Not really what I was expecting.
Upon first receiving this beautiful book (it's more like an encyclopedia for bakers) and meticulously reading through random pages, I have decided that this may be the only book any novice or intermediate baker would need on their shelf to reference baking, pastry and dessert recipes. There are literally hundreds of recipes and variations with detailed steps that are not overly written - to the point and precise, not to forget that the measurements are provided in both US and metric systems for convenience.
I am confident that this will be my new go-to book for any and all desserts I wish to make in the future. Now, I can't wait to get my hands on the CIA's complete collection of culinary books.
This book came in beautiful condition, and my boyfriend and I have enjoyed reading it so far. The beginning includes a treasure trove of information for those new to baking, including terminologies, techniques, and tools & utensils you may need. Recipes for both sweet and savory pastries are included, along with bread, candies, and cakes.The photos are beautiful and display the food well. We haven't tried any recipes yet, but are looking forward to learning and enjoying recipes from this book for years to come. A great resource for those looking to pursue pastry and wanting a starting point, as well as home cooks who want a more in-depth and technical look at baking.
The book covers a broad range of relevant content and is really presenting itself as THE standard handbook for anybody who is seriously interested in pastry. What a shame that the quality of the paper and the binding is so poor. This is the kind of book that should accompany you for a long time. It is doubtful that it can with such poor material.
This book has really nice photos and imperial and metric measurements. Metric measurements allows one to be more accurate. It provides a lot of background on techniques and terms, which is really great. However, I was looking for a book that provides recipes that are more refined and less run-of-the-mill/industrial. For example, the use of sweet cherries in Black Forest Cake is a no-no. So, depends on what you are looking for...
Very professional baking recipes that you see in fancy pastry shops that outline precise visual steps to doing these in the comforts of your own home. Its a big book but well worth the price. All recipes so far have been delicious. Bought this as a gift to my daughter as well who wants to open her own B & B one day! Got rid of all my other baking books cause this book has it all!
Wowowowow, what an amazing book! I thought it was a tad pricey, but after receiving it, again, wowowowow, definitely worth every penny! It’s definitely that book which will be passed down to the next generation.
Justamente na parte de croissants que eu mais preciso o livro veio com mais de 20 páginas faltando. Tentei fazer contato para troca e não consegui ninguém que falasse comigo. Até hoje estou com o livro aqui, mais de 500 reais perdidos.