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Flour: A Baker's Collection of Spectacular Recipes
     

Flour: A Baker's Collection of Spectacular Recipes

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by Joanne Chang, Christie Matheson, Keller + Keller
 

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Every day 1,500 Bostonians can't resist buying sweet, simple treats such as Homemade Pop-Tarts, from an alumna of Harvard with a degree in economics. From Brioche au Chocolat and Lemon Raspberry Cake to perfect croissants, Flour Bakery-owner Joanne Chang's repertoire of baked goods is deep and satisfying. While at Harvard she discovered that nothing made her happier

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Every day 1,500 Bostonians can't resist buying sweet, simple treats such as Homemade Pop-Tarts, from an alumna of Harvard with a degree in economics. From Brioche au Chocolat and Lemon Raspberry Cake to perfect croissants, Flour Bakery-owner Joanne Chang's repertoire of baked goods is deep and satisfying. While at Harvard she discovered that nothing made her happier than baking cookies leading her on a path that eventually resulted in a sticky bun triumph over Bobby Flay on the Food Network's Throwdown. Almost 150 Flour recipes such as Milky Way Tart and Dried Fruit Focaccia are included, plus Joanne's essential baking tips, making this mouthwatering collection an accessible, instant classic cookbook for the home baker.

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It's hard to believe that Flour is Joanne Chang's first book, because the level of mastery, precision and experience in it make it feel like the work of someone who's been showing new bakers the light and the way for a very long time. —NPR, Ten Best Books of 2010

Pop Tarts, anyone? Clearly written and beautifully photographed, Flour is a baker's treat. — Dorie Greenspan

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452100173
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
03/25/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
256,719
File size:
14 MB
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Joanne Chang is the chef-owner of Flour Bakery in Boston. She has a degree in applied mathematics and economics from Harvard University and was a pastry chef at Payard Patisserie and Mistral. She lives in Boston.
Christie Matheson is the author or co-author of several books, including Salty Sweets. She lives in Boston and San Francisco.
Keller + Keller are Boston-based food and lifestyle photographers.

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Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston's Flour Bakery + Cafe 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful cookbook. Joanne is not only a gifted baker but a talent writer as well. She makes it feel like she is in your kitchen helping you with each recipe. I have made several treats and even the most complicated pastries came out great and I am not a skilled baker at all! A very fun book, my kids age 5 and 7 were able to help with the Oreo cookies and snicker-doodle. Highly recommend to anyone, you'll look like a master baker to your family and friends
1228JH More than 1 year ago
I made the carrot cake and chocolate cream pie so far and they are absolutely delish! The recipes are also easy to follow.
maddison64 More than 1 year ago
I love this cookbook. It has delicious recipes and lots of tips and techniques that help make the baking process much easier. Not intimidating at all. I want to try every recipe!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every recipe I've made so far has been fantastic! The apple cake, oreo style woopie pies and especially the almond macaroon ganache sandwich cookies. The stories are great also i read the book cover to cover the first weekend i recieved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very glad I bought this book. The pictures are beautiful and the recipes are easy to follow.
Stay-At-Home-Chef More than 1 year ago
This book is a collection of recipes from the Flour Bakery which first opened in Boston (MA) back in 2000. The drool worthy photographs help to create a whimsical, almost retro feel to the book that takes nothing away from the professional quality of the recipes. Each page is full of Joanne Chang's passion for baking and her continued fascination with the transformations that take place when you combine simple ingredients like flour, sugar, eggs and butter. It is written in a casual manner, full of personal memories and anecdotes that will put even the most inexperienced baker at ease while preparing pâte feuilletée for the first time. Helpful baking tips are written in a clear, descriptive manner making intimidating techniques relatable for bakers of all levels. Lists of fundamental baking equipment and pantry essentials are also included, and ingredient amounts for recipes are given in both volume and weight measurements. The cookbook market has always been inundated with baking books. So what makes Flour stand out from the herd? Clearly written recipes that produce successful results and include a variety of treats that range from a simple peanut butter cookie to more high-falutin' creations such as Hazelnut-Almond Dacquoise. I dare you to open this book and instantly not want to make everything. In fact, I double dog dare you!
Books_And_Chocolate More than 1 year ago
This is an inspiring cookbook with its beautiful color photographs and the author's personal anecdotes about the recipes, her childhood, and her experiences as a pastry chef. It has traditional recipes for things such as ginger cookies, carrot cake, pumpkin pie and apple pie, but also included are different recipes for things like homemade pop-tarts, oreo cookies, and fig newtons, along with everything else including sweet rolls, puddings, savory breads, and cakes for all occasions. I did try the buttermilk biscuits recipe which turned out well and look forward to trying the pop-tarts, the oreo cookies, lemon poppyseed pound cake, oatmeal-maple scones, and raspberry-rhubarb muffins. Although the recipes don't seem to be what I would call quick and easy, the instructions are clear enough that an inexperienced baker could navigate his or her way through them. Recipe categories include breakfast treats, cookies, cakes, pies and tarts, other sweets, and breads. There are also chapters on techniques, equipment, explanation of ingredients, and the author's top baking tips.
fleurfairy More than 1 year ago
This cookbook is one that I love having on my shelf just to skim through. It is a beautiful book with vivid photographs. I consider it a keepsake. I have made several recipes so far and all have been delicious. These are time-consuming recipes though, so you'll need to carve out a chunk of your day or night to devote to the many steps. But it is so worth it. Looking forward to tackling Flour's famous sticky buns next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book from intro to tips to recipes it is quite possibly the best all around baking book I own
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really great book! The format is fantastic. Great explanations on formulas (recipes) and techniques (steps). Would recommended to others.
steph461 More than 1 year ago
I have many, many baking books and so far, the recipes I have made are good, but not spectular. The banana bread was very good and I have made it several times. The choux pastry is not as good as other recipes I have used and would not make it again. The peanut butter cookies lack something. Joanne likes to let the ingredients speak for themselves and not be overwhelmed with a lot of additional flavors. I like that concept, but sometimes her food then tastes like it "needs something". All in all - an ok book, not a bad book at all, but it just doesn't stand out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok, I will get bck to y'all soon.
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Madsgal More than 1 year ago
This chef is really the master of her domain. This is a serious baking cookbook. I Love it!
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emmyc91 More than 1 year ago
I love, love, love this cook book! The recipes are amazing and easy to follow. She explains everything and there's a technique quide in the front of the book. She knows exactly how to mix density's, spices, and overall amazingness! <3
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Love it!
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