Bouchon Bakery

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Winner, IACP Cookbook Award for Food Photography & Styling (2013)


Baked goods that are marvels of ingenuity and simplicity from the famed Bouchon Bakery

The tastes of childhood have always been a touchstone for Thomas Keller, and in this dazzling amalgam of American and French baked goods, you'll find recipes for the beloved TKOs and Oh Ohs (Keller's takes on Oreos and ...

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Overview

Winner, IACP Cookbook Award for Food Photography & Styling (2013)


Baked goods that are marvels of ingenuity and simplicity from the famed Bouchon Bakery

The tastes of childhood have always been a touchstone for Thomas Keller, and in this dazzling amalgam of American and French baked goods, you'll find recipes for the beloved TKOs and Oh Ohs (Keller's takes on Oreos and Hostess's Ho Hos) and all the French classics he fell in love with as a young chef apprenticing in Paris: the baguettes, the macarons, the mille-feuilles, the tartes aux fruits.

Co-author Sebastien Rouxel, executive pastry chef for the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, has spent years refining techniques through trial and error, and every page offers a new lesson: a trick that assures uniformity, a subtlety that makes for a professional finish, a flash of brilliance that heightens flavor and enhances texture. The deft twists, perfectly written recipes, and dazzling photographs make perfection inevitable.

2013 IACP Cookbook Award Winner for Food Photography and Styling

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Editorial Reviews

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Thomas Keller doesn't have a cooking show, but he does multiple awards as a chef, a restaurateur, and a cookbook author. His newest book shares its name with Keller's famous Napa bakery, now replicated in two other states. Like his French Laundry Cookbook and Ad Hoc at Home, Bouchon Bakery possesses the tasteful elegance and care for which Keller is so well-known.

The New York Times Book Review
…oversize and sumptuous…As the pages turn, things get more complex, but instructional photos assist, and the book retains a sense of whimsy.
—William Grimes
Publishers Weekly
In his newest patisserie manifesto, Keller (Ad Hoc at Home) successfully takes on the world of artisan baking. Based on the recipes and experience at his Bouchon Bakery in Napa, this testament to "pastry chefs and bread bakers" lives up to the standard set by one of America's premier chefs. Covering all areas of baking, Keller has something for anyone interested in putting something in the oven. From the simple (corn muffins and rum cake) to the complex (pate a choux and multi-grain bread), and describing multiple stages of preparation, the book rests on the premise of "working clean." Beautifully displayed, the clear and precise recipes are a breeze to follow. Multiple introductions by Keller and the head staff at Bouchon Bakery provide an appreciation for the art, while the many added sections on technique (e.g., how to weigh ingredients properly ) and equipment (e.g., parchment paper ) illuminate the science and precision necessary for delicious results. Perhaps not the best choice for those in search of quick and easy comestibles, this lovely volume is a must-have for cooks who want to take baking to the next level. 250 color photos. (Oct.)
Food & Wine
“Groundbreaking. . . . Both the recipes and tips make cooking at the most sophisticated level approachable for the home cook.”—Food & Wine
Wall Street Journal
“The knockout new pastry testament . . . . Every strain of dough is rolled out in clear, meticulous Kellerian detail.”—Wall Street Journal
Entertainment Weekly
“When Marie Antoinette said, ‘Let them eat cake,’ she couldn’t have dreamed of pastries as tasty as the ones in Thomas Keller’s kitchen.” —Entertainment Weekly
LA Weekly
“Stunning. . . . Surprisingly approachable.” —LA Weekly
Louisville Courier Journal
“This book instilled me with enough confidence to actually achieve picture-worthy results. . . . Oh, and please resist cutting out the pictures and eating them. Fun and informative for the beginner, and full of helpful techniques for the old hand.” —Louisville Courier Journal
Buffalo News
“A master’s class in baking, preserved between covers.” —Buffalo News
Booklist
“The glossy, big format lends itself well to foodies of all types who will relish the many pages of resourceful information and reliable recipes. . . . Readers really won’t need to venture beyond these pages for much else.” —Booklist
Bon Appetit Magazine Editors
“With a quirky modern design and sweetly personal anecdotes, Keller’s newest tome demystifies the confections, breads, and other treats from his renowned bakeries. For everyone who’s dreamed of making desserts that look like they came out of a pastry kitchen, Keller’s guidance is icing on the cake.” —Bon Appetit
Eater
“Behold the big shiny restaurant cookbook of 2012 . . . .Bouchon Bakery promises to charming in the same way Ad Hoc at Homewas.” —Eater
Library Journal
Keller's acclaimed restaurant cookbooks (e.g., The French Laundry Cookbook) give dedicated cooks a chance to re-create his cuisine at home. Here, with executive pastry chef Sebastien Rouxel and head baker Matt McDonald, he demystifies the baked goods and confections served in the five Bouchon Bakeries. The book tells readers exactly what they'll need to succeed, from the spherical molds used to shape Cream Puffs to the unorthodox equipment used to generate steam for crusty breads (river rocks, metal chain link, and a Super Soaker water gun) to the brand names of preferred ingredients. VERDICT As impressive as it is exacting, this gorgeous book is a master class in professional pastry. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579654351
  • Publisher: Artisan
  • Publication date: 10/23/2012
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 38,171
  • Product dimensions: 11.30 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Keller

Thomas Keller, author of The French Laundry Cookbook, Bouchon, Under Pressure, Ad Hoc at Home, and Bouchon Bakery, has thirteen restaurants and bakeries in the United States. He is the first and only American chef to have two Michelin Guide three-star-rated restaurants, The French Laundry and per se, both of which continue to rank among the best restaurants in America and the world. In 2011 he was designated a Chevalier of The French Legion of Honor, the first American male chef to be so honored.

Sebastien Rouxel, co-author with Thomas Keller of Bouchon Bakery, oversees all aspects of the pastry department for Bouchon Bakery, The French Laundry, and per se. In 2005, he was named a "Rising Star" by StarChefs magazine. In 2006 and again in 2008, Pastry Art & Design magazine declared him one of the "Top Ten Best Pastry Chefs in America."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    The book is amazing.  Forget the fancy pictures and the homespun

    The book is amazing.  Forget the fancy pictures and the homespun warm and fuzzy.  This is after all a cookbook and a must for any serious baker. The book is not for the novice baker except for a few recipes.  Specialized equipment which will almost certainly have to be purchased as well as ingredients available only on line or baking specialty stores are the norm for this book. If these investments are made, the owner of Keller & Rouxel's recipes await. I was trained to make macarons at one of the most prestigious baking school's in the USA, but the results from Bouchon Bakery are far better both in taste, but also ease of making these finicky delights.  The signature Bouchons too are amazing, and these are easy to make as well.  The croissants seem easy in the book, but they are one of the most difficult pastries to make and they will requires LOTS of practice.  Again, I was taught to make croissants at that pastry school, but the results from Keller's book are incredible. Perhaps the reason for this is I was taught using professional equipment, Keller's recipes were refined using a home oven.  As the book says, be prepared to practice the various recipes over and over again to master the nuance of that particular formula.  There is an added bonus for these recipes, they can be doubled or halved with proper results.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    The actual book is excellent. Very classic techniques and I enjo

    The actual book is excellent. Very classic techniques and I enjoy seeing a cook book that actually goes through the step by step instructions on poolish and sourdough starters just like most artisan bakers use. Excellent book. Well worth the money.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Perfection

    Beautifully written & illustrated with amazing recipes on every page love it love it love it

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Highly recommended

    You don't have to be a professional baker to prepare these recipes. The book is beautiful and very well done.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    I taught myself how to cook and bake with his cookbooks.  This b

    I taught myself how to cook and bake with his cookbooks.  This book is another must have.  

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Beautiful Book

    Sent promptly and wrapped to perfection and received in absolutely perfect shape.

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  • Posted March 13, 2013

    Our baking "library" is already well stocked but SWEET

    Our baking "library" is already well stocked but SWEETTABLESCAPES just added the magnificent "Bouchon Bakery" to its shelves. And what an addition!

    We feel we MUST share our complete surrender to its gorgeous photography and fantastic recipes. With a friendly tone throughout, advice to professionals and amateurs alike, this book covers all of the baking basics and more. You will feel like trying every single recipe but...the author recommends: DO NOT jump from one to the next but repeat until you get it... because practice makes perfect. A piece of advice you'll find hard to follow given the tempting photos.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

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    Excellent

    Beautifully written, great recipes. Good choice for professionals and home cooks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Great book

    Have made a few of the recipes with great success (even without the scale they highly recommend....)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2012

    Highly recommend!

    Great service an even better book!

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