The Art and Soul of Baking

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2009 IACP Cookbook Awards Winner!

Nominated for a 2009 James Beard Foundation Award.

Sur La Table teamed with pastry chef and baking teacher Cindy Mushet to bring you the ultimate guide to baking. Beautiful photographs and more than 250 easy-to-follow recipes lead you into a world of alluring aromas and light, flaky pastries. Illustrated asides take you step by step through important techniques, from carmelizing sugar to working with croissant ...

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Overview

2009 IACP Cookbook Awards Winner!

Nominated for a 2009 James Beard Foundation Award.

Sur La Table teamed with pastry chef and baking teacher Cindy Mushet to bring you the ultimate guide to baking. Beautiful photographs and more than 250 easy-to-follow recipes lead you into a world of alluring aromas and light, flaky pastries. Illustrated asides take you step by step through important techniques, from carmelizing sugar to working with croissant dough. Plus, you'll find invaluable information on over 100 ingredients and 50 baker's tools. A true pleasure for anyone who loves to bake.

Each selection of the Gourmet Cookbook Club is handpicked and road-tested by the editors of Gourmet magazine, so readers can cook with confidence, knowing the recipes really do deliver. Online at Gourmet Book Club you can find videos of the authors demonstrating recipes, share your thoughts on the cookbooks in the forums, and learn more about each book's topic.

BENEFITS:

* The ultimate book for bakers.

* Professional tips and tricks are made easy for the home baker.

* Step-by-step techniques of baking.

* 100 photographs, 250 foolproof recipes and variations, and information on over 100 popular baking ingredients and over 50 pieces of baking equipment.

Praise for The Art and Soul of Baking

"...when a baking book in which the recipes perform as flawlessly as they do in The Art and Soul of Baking comes out, we're particularly impressed." —Gourmet magazine, October 2008, Cookbook Club selection

"If you buy just one new baking book this season, make it this one. ...covers everything from essential equipment...and pantry staples to chapters on savory breads, quick breads, tarts, pies, cookies and cakes.... The recipes are exceedingly detailed and include do-ahead tips, notes on equipment needed, advice on storing the finished treats and suggestions for variations." —Associated Press, September 2008

"Mushet's invaluable lessons in ensuring oven accuracy, incorporating butter into dough for layered pastries...and the causes of falling souffles will get novices up to speed.... Those already comfortable with baking will get the most out of the book's 250 recipes, but there are plenty of dishes well within the reach of those new to creme brulee and lemon bar construction, making this a great volume to learn and grow with." —Publishers Weekly, August 2008

"Many elements combine to make a great cookbook, all of which are in The Art and Soul of Baking. ...the book possesses the singular quality that lifts a cookbook above the rest, and that is the ability to inspire. The Art and Soul of Baking inspires." —inmamaskitchen.com

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Starred Review.

Veteran pastry chef Mushet puts her decades of experience to work in this dense, informative baking guide from Seattle-based gourmet cookware retailer Sur La Table (thankfully light on advertorials), opening with a comprehensive overview of crucial equipment and a 30 page guide to pantry stocking (butter, flour and sugar get three pages each, chocolate gets five). Covering all aspects of the baking spectrum, Mushet gives yeast-based breads, quick breads, cookies and bars, layered pastries and other specialties their turn, doing admirable work with standards like pizza dough and dinner rolls, as well as trendier riffs like pesto rolls and rustic olive and thyme bread that give cooks room to stretch in each category. Mushet's invaluable lessons in ensuring oven accuracy, incorporating butter into dough for layered pastries (with step-by-step photos) and the causes of falling soufflés will get novices up to speed, and experts ready to tackle Mushet's compelling cheesecake batter-in-a-food-processor technique will find her inventive hors d'oeuvre Stilton Cheesecake with Port-Braised Pears a big hit at the next cocktail party. Those already comfortable with baking will get the most out of the book's 250 recipes, but there are plenty of dishes well within the reach of those new to Crème Brulee and lemon bar construction, making this a great volume to learn and grow with.
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Library Journal

Malgieri is director of the baking program at New York's Institute of Culinary Education and author of numerous other cookbooks, including How To Bake , in many ways the predecessor of this ambitious new title. He begins with an introduction to ingredients, equipment, and techniques and follows with eight recipe chapters. Chapter introductions provide helpful general tips on the various techniques involved, and recipe headnotes offer more specific information. Despite the subtitle, streamlined techniques do not seem to be a major focus, as many recipes rely on classic, time-tested methods. The recipes, many shown in color photographs, include both traditional favorites like Date Walnut Bread and more contemporary creations such as Smoked Salmon Mille-Feuilles, with ethnic specialties from a wide range of cuisines. For most baking collections.

Mushet, a talented pastry chef, cooking teacher, and author of the excellent Desserts: Mediterranean Flavors, California Style , presents the latest book from the Sur La Table team, following Things Cooks Love . Like Malgieri's book, it covers both sweet and savory baking, but it includes far more information. Two lengthy introductory chapters cover techniques, equipment, and ingredients, and dozens of sidebars on "Tips for Success" and "What the Pros Know" offer further helpful insider advice. Recipes range from basics such as Quick Puff Pastry and Classic Sugar Cookies to unusual and appealing treats like Malted Milk Chocolate Tart; most of them include make-ahead information, and many also have variations. There are striking color photographs throughout, as well as step-by-step technique photos. Mushet's style isengaging and never intimidating. Essential.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780740773341
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/21/2008
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 202,334
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Sur La Table is the trusted authority when it comes to all things cooking related. Sur La Table entices aficionados and curious beginners alike with its amazing selection of cookware, bakeware, tools, cookbooks, and cooking school programs designed to make any cook's life easier. They have coauthored nine cookbooks including The Art and Soul of Baking (2008), which received the 2009 IACP Cookbook Award for Baking, was chosen by Gourmet magazine as a book club selection, and was nominated for 2009 baking book of the year by the James Beard Foundation. Baking Kids Love (2009) was also nominated for a 2010 IACP Cookbook Award for Kids/Family Cookbooks. The original store and headquarters are in Seattle, Washington.

Cindy Mushet is the author of The Art and Soul of Baking, which won the IACP Cookbook Award for Baking, received a nomination from The James Beard Foundation, and was chosen by Gourmet magazine as a book club selection. She has been a professional pastry chef and baking instructor for over twenty years. Her recipes have appeared in numerous publications, including Bon Appétit, Fine Cooking, Country Home, the National Culinary Review, the New York Times, and The 150 Best American Recipes (2006). Her first book, Desserts: Mediterranean Flavors, California Style, was published in 2000. Inspired by her daughter Bella, Cindy has taught baking to many children, both in school classrooms and in summer baking camps. A fun and engaging teacher, Cindy has also taught thousands of adults nationwide. She makes her home in the Los Angeles area.

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  • Posted December 24, 2008

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    Beautiful and classic, must-have for any baker

    I¿ve had dessert-type cookbooks before, but never one like this one. Wow! This is 454 pages of valuable information; Cindy Mushat definitely didn¿t scrimp or take shortcuts when writing this book. After reading the first two chapters, I had already learned many things about baking that I did not know before, from simple things like which flour is best to use to more specific things like what a popover pan is and why I might use one. Each chapter begins with very informative pages on the emphasis of that chapter (breads, pastries, quick breads, pies, tarts, fruit desserts, cookies and bars, cakes, custards, and soufflés). There are plenty of photographs throughout the book that are helpful also. One other feature I particularly like is the abundance of professional tips, ¿What the pros know.¿ They are scattered throughout the book, right where you need them the most. I received this book right before the holidays started, so I¿ve had the opportunity to try some recipes too. Each recipe has a page to itself with excellent step-by-step directions that are easy to follow. Plus, this book is simply beautiful and classic in its design. It¿s so attractive, it could be a coffee table book! This cookbook will benefit anyone, from the beginner to someone who has baked for years ¿ a must-have resource for any baker.

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    Excellent in all ways- recipes, procedures, explanations and photographs. Perhaps a bit above a brand new cook but definitely a superb learning tool! An excellent kitchen reference.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2009

    My wife loves this book

    I bought this book for my wife who is a pastry chef for Armani Ristoranti. And she reads it all the time as a great resource for baking techniques.

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