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Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere
     

Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere

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by Dorie Greenspan
 

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A “culinary guru” and author of the award-winning Around My French Table and Baking: From My Home to Yours returns with 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.

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A “culinary guru” and author of the award-winning Around My French Table and Baking: From My Home to Yours returns with 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 chef’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 it’s classic lemon-glazed madeleines, a silky caramel tart, or “Les Whoopie Pies,” Dorie puts her own creative spin on each dish, guiding us with the friendly, reassuring directions that have won her legions of ardent fans.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Max Watman
Dorie Greenspan…presents a collection of recipes that, as she explains, "have nothing to do with fancy techniques and even fancier frills…They're plain and homey." And her apple pielettes are precisely that. Greenspan's instructions are both approachable and adaptable…
Publishers Weekly
★ 10/06/2014
While a trip to France may not be in everyone’s near future, veteran cookbook author Greenspan takes home bakers on a tour of Paris through her exceptional collection of recipes (divided into chapters including “Simple Cakes,” “Fancy Cakes,” “Tarts and Galettes,” and “Baby Cakes and Petite Pastries”). French “cousins” to American recipes such as the “Fluted Carrot-Tangerine Cake,” and the author’s adaptations on French creations such as “Gâteau Basque Fantasie,” give readers something they won’t find in other baking tomes. While some multistep selections are more suited for the experienced baker, less involved yet equally impressive recipes include a simple plum tart and Nutella-banana panna cotta. Unusual finds like pithiviers, a French pastry named after a city in northern France, are also included. Hefty headnotes and serving notes provide information about recipe origins and traditions. This is an ideal holiday gift. (Oct.)
From the Publisher

"My favorite baking book of the season is Dorie Greenspan’s Baking Chez Moi. With superb photography of finished dishes and Ms. Greenspan’s clear, clean style, this is a book for any level of baker who wants to broaden his or her repertoire."
--Michael Ruhlman for the Wall Street Journal
 
"Approachable and adaptable."
--The New York Times
 
"Greenspan has the gift of clarity and making even the complicated seem doable, which in her hands, it is."
--Corby Kummer for The Atlantic
 
"French home baking, despite what you might think, is easy, says baking goddess Dorie Greenspan. All you need are a few high-quality ingredients and a bit of care....nearly every page promises some useful tips and shortcuts for the avid baker..."
--NPR.org
"No matter how much you don’t like to bake, aren’t good at baking, don’t even want to bake … if you listen to [Dorie] long enough, you’ll find yourself hankering to get your hands into some flour, certain even you can whip up some laborious, glorious baked treat."
--Associated Press

"On the page, Greenspan talks as if she’s having coffee with you, about where she found recipes, about the person who gave them to her, and when she might serve them... The heart of the book is sweets that aren’t a bit difficult."
--Boston Globe

"Bakers across the world rejoice when Dorie Greenspan comes out with a new cookbook."
--Washington Post

"While a trip to France may not be in everyone’s near future, veteran cookbook author Greenspan takes home bakers on a tour of Paris through her exceptional collection of recipes (divided into chapters including “Simple Cakes,” “Fancy Cakes,” “Tarts and Galettes,” and “Baby Cakes and Petite Pastries”). French “cousins” to American recipes such as the “Fluted Carrot-Tangerine Cake,” and the author’s adaptations on French creations such as “Gâteau Basque Fantasie,” give readers something they won’t find in other baking tomes. While some multistep selections are more suited for the experienced baker, less involved yet equally impressive recipes include a simple plum tart and Nutella-banana panna cotta. Unusual finds like pithiviers, a French pastry named after a city in northern France, are also included. Hefty headnotes and serving notes provide information about recipe origins and traditions. This is an ideal holiday gift." 
--Publishers Weekly, starred

"Acclaimed author Greenspan—who lives part time in Paris and has collaborated with such famous chefs as Pierre Hermé, Daniel Boulud, and Julia Child—has learned that some recipes are best left to the pros. While several of Greenspan's 11 cookbooks feature intricate, show-stopping desserts, her latest focuses on homey baked goods and pared-down versions of traditional French pastries. Home cooks won't need beeswax and expensive copper molds to make Greenspan's canelés nor will they be chided for using store-bought puff pastry to make palmiers or pithiviers. All types of desserts—crunchy, creamy, cakey, frozen, fruity, and fried—are included, as are simple accompaniments such as homemade crème fraiche, chocolate sauce, and candied fruit. VERDICT: Combining everyday desserts with doable versions of extremely popular treats (think macarons, éclairs, and crackle-top cream puffs), Greenspan's new collection is an instant classic."
--Library Journal, starred

 

Library Journal
★ 08/01/2014
Acclaimed author Greenspan (Around My French Table)—who lives part time in Paris and has collaborated with such famous chefs as Pierre Hermé, Daniel Boulud, and Julia Child—has learned that some recipes are best left to the pros. While several of Greenspan's 11 cookbooks feature intricate, show-stopping desserts, her latest focuses on homey baked goods and pared-down versions of traditional French pastries. Home cooks won't need beeswax and expensive copper molds to make Greenspan's canelés nor will they be chided for using store-bought puff pastry to make palmiers or pithiviers. All types of desserts—crunchy, creamy, cakey, frozen, fruity, and fried—are included, as are simple accompaniments such as homemade crème fraiche, chocolate sauce, and candied fruit. VERDICT Combining everyday desserts with doable versions of extremely popular treats (think macarons, éclairs, and crackle-top cream puffs), Greenspan's new collection is an instant classic.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547724249
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/28/2014
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
215,863
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.80(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author


Inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America, DORIE GREENSPAN is the author of Around My French Table, a New York Times bestseller that was named Cookbook of the Year by the IACP; Baking Chez Moi; and Baking: From My Home to Yours, a James Beard Award winner. She lives in Westbrook, Connecticut, and Paris.

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Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We loved Dories previous two books? Great recipes, mostly easy to do and produce excellent results. We also like the layout and quality of the books. So much so we gave them as gifts to family and friends. We pre-ordered this book and it seems similar in terms of quality of recipes. However, we were disappointed in the production quality of the book itself. The quality of the paper and printing seems inferior to the previous ones. Also there are a lot fewer pictures. We find the pictures important in helping to see how the final product should turn out. Overall we were disappointed in this latest book. Sorry Dorie!
EM166 More than 1 year ago
I love everything Dorie Greenspan. She walks you through her recipes and you learn while creating. Have all of her books and look forward to the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just as her previous book “Baking: From my home to yours”, this one is also thoughtfully written, recipes are easy to follow and has nice and detailed instructions. Most of the recipes are not overly complicated and are manageable for a home cook. I have only made Canelles so far (they turned very good, even though I had to adjust the baking time & temperature a bit due to the size of my molds), but I have a lot of recipes marked on my list to try. My only complaint is that there aren't very many photos. But overall, its a beautiful and very useful book, so thank you, Dorie!