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Baking Artisan Pastries and Breads: Sweet and Savory Baking for Breakfast, Brunch, and Beyond

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

    Comprehensive information, but recipes aren't outstanding

    I learned a terrific amount from Hirtz's bread book, so bought this with high expectations.

    There is a lot of excellent information and I expect to improve my pastry making a lot. However, none of the six recipes I tried are outstanding. It may be that I don't have a convection oven, and my adjustments aren't perfect. However, all the pastries have been slightly dry. And they taste good - like I'd get from a decent bakery (definitely a production, not home-made taste). But they aren't outstanding like I'd get at a top notch bakery.

    However, the recipes for fillings, glazes, etc. are really exceptional. I expect to learn a lot from this book and find the approaches to recipes useful in helping me think about how to bake better. However, the recipes themselves (I haven't tried all of them yet) aren't as outstanding as they might be.

    This is a book of complex techniques that probably isn't a good starting place for a causal baker.

    It does have a huge amount of detail that may really help a serious baker get better.

    The glaze/filling section and technique instruction alone could be worth it as a reference text for a serious baker and someone who wants to improve.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 9, 2011


    This is a great addition to the serious bakers cookbook collection. The directions are easy,the pictures are great and the results are amazing!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2011

    Learn from one of the best!

    I have had nothing but success with the formulas in this book. You do have to follow the formulas closely but isn't that why you buy this book in the first place?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 14, 2010

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