Festive Baking

Festive Baking

by Sarah Kelly Iaia

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Iaia is methodical at the kitchen counter and plainspoken at the writing desk. Forgoing upscale photographic fanfare, she presents 150 recipes for classic German and Austrian holiday cookies, pastries and cakes simply and clearly. While her words occasionally take on the flavor of an imperfect translation from the German (``cheese curd'' cookies must taste better than they sound), Iaia, an American food writer, in general chooses her words carefully and infuses her book with logic and order. She groups her recipes by type of batter, starting with lebkuchen and honey cookies, and then proceeds to butter cookies, macaroons, meringues and, at length, tortes and strudels. Though many sweets are rich and buttery enough for a feast, others could almost be called health food. Especially appreciated is the cook's presence of mind in offering tips to her readers that some master bakers would have overlooked. Sections on utensils, ingredients and gift ideas are equally useful. Attractive line drawings sate our visual hunger. (Nov.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Pastry chef Duperret has written a guidebook to the classic French desserts: Tarte Tatin, Pithiviers, Gateau Operain short, all the pastries one would see in the window of a real patisserie . Yet he has made these recipes clear enough for even inexperienced bakers. The book will also appeal to accomplished cooks, for few other sources offer such a wide-ranging repertoire of the classics. For most baking collections. Iaia's well-researched book is an impressive collection of authentic Swiss, German, and Austrian holiday specialties of all sorts. She includes sections on ingredients and special baking equipment, and her preparation notes are painstakingly detailed. Nevertheless, many of these complicated pastries are most suitable for experienced bakers. Recommended for special collections. JS

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The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
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