The Elements of Dessert

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In The Elements of Dessert, renowned pastry chefFrancisco Migoya and The Culinary Institute of America take you ona guided tour through the innovative flavors, ingredients, andtechniques in the thrilling world of desserts. He explains the artof dessert through its most essential and fundamentalelements—such as mousses, doughs, and ganaches—revealingin each recipe how to incorporate these building blocks intoinventive, unforgettable delicacies. He begins by covering the coreconcepts and techniques, including ...

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Overview

In The Elements of Dessert, renowned pastry chefFrancisco Migoya and The Culinary Institute of America take you ona guided tour through the innovative flavors, ingredients, andtechniques in the thrilling world of desserts. He explains the artof dessert through its most essential and fundamentalelements—such as mousses, doughs, and ganaches—revealingin each recipe how to incorporate these building blocks intoinventive, unforgettable delicacies. He begins by covering the coreconcepts and techniques, including flavor breakdowns focused oncombinations and compatibility; basic pastry methods; principles ofdessert and menu composition; preparation methods for essentialssuch as custards, creams, and meringues; and chocolate making andtempering basics.

After exploring these essentials, Migoya delves into thedesserts themselves, divided into distinct groups:

Pre-desserts: Semi-sweet small dishes—such as GoatCheese Bavarian Cream with Beet Jelly and Date Pound CakeCrumbs—intended to bridge the gap between savory main coursesand fully sweet desserts.

Plated Desserts: Simple, modern, and elegantly platedrecipes like Toasted Milk Panna Cotta Covered in Caramelized MilkChocolate with a Crisp Croissant Crouton and Devil's Food CakeSoup.

Dessert Buffets: A wide range of small items from whichdiners may choose—with an emphasis on dishes that will keep,as well as on visual impact and presentation—such as ChocolateBlackout Cake with 64% Dark Chocolate Mousse, Luxardo Cherries, andCrème Fraîche.

Passed Around Desserts: Small nibbles that are platteredand passed around the room, usually in easy-to-handle forms likelollipops or macarons.

Sections on cakes (Entremets) and petits fours (Mignardises)round out this collection of awe-inspiring desserts and highlysophisticated techniques. With Migoya's unique approach and clearguidance, combined with gorgeous and instructive photography, TheElements of Dessert offers a comprehensive education that willempower pastry students and working professionals alike to reachnew heights in both flavor and presentation.

Winner of the 2014 IACP Cookbook Award for Professional Kitchens

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Editorial Reviews

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Without a doubt, the must-have gift for the serious baker,professional or aspiring pro-pastry chef on your holiday list isFrancisco Migoya’s Elements of Dessert. How canI say that with such confidence? Two reasons: 1) Having seen theway other accomplished pastry chefs interact with Francisco Migoyaat different industry events over the last three years, suchas StarChefs and Top 10 Pastry Chef Awards–Migoya isclearly someone they admire and respect. And 2) Because none otherthan Michael Laiskonis, Creative Director of theInstitute of Culinary Education (ICE) and generally regardedas one of the top pastry chefs in the US told me

“Francisco Migoya is probaby the most important pastrychef in America right now”– high praise indeed!

Part pastry school textbook, part coffee table book, this is amonster 537 page volume that provides the “blueprints”for hundreds of different desserts in every dessert category. Asidefrom the recipes and guidelines for petite fours, pre-desserts,dessert buffets and cakes, the book also has many adventurous andfun plated dessert recipes, such as “Warm pandan leaf-infused caramelized cream, black sesame genoa bread, hibiscusglaze, popcorn shoot (all part of the same dessert).

The book truly covers all the bases. As the review on StarChefs,who recently named it one of the top books of 2012, notes:

“[the book] delves succinctly into the creaming method,the custard method, the time and place for a meringue, the properapproach to composed cheese courses…The starkly beautifulpictures of Migoya’s modernist creations are, so to speak,the icing on the intricately composed cake”

As I mentioned, Migoya is frequently sought after for his adviceon both the technical and aesthetic aspects of pastry. JosephBaker, a well-known pastry chef and a Pastry and Bakinginstructor at Le Cordon Blue in Dallas TX, who is oftenconsulted on advanced baking issues himself, said this about Migoyaand his book

“He [Migoya] is actually the reason I now teach. He shareshis creations and improves the overall landscape of food. ChefMigoya is a true pioneer in our industry and his book, TheElements of Dessert, is a perfect guide to contemporarypastry… any Migoya book is a must have.”

One of his former students at the Culinary Institute ofAmerica (CIA) echoed those sentiments:

“[Migoya] brings an intensity [to his work] that few of myother instructors could match in my time there. So much so that Iwas afraid of him for some time!” —DessertBuzz

Even in a long career, it's never a bad idea to brush up on thebasics, especially when it comes to pastry. The Elements of Dessertdoes just that, and no wonder. It's written by CIA Chef Instructorand International Chefs Congress Presenter Francisco Migoya, whodelves succinctly into the creaming method, the custard method, thetime and place for a meringue, the proper approach to composedcheese courses, and the various types of dough. Heck, it even has ashort section on “the method for tasting food,” in caseyou were doing it wrong (hint: you might have been, as Migoyaoffers a spreadsheet on flavor compatibility and “frontalversus background flavors”). But it also offers hundreds ofbrilliantly confounding and innovative recipes, from plateddesserts to mignardises and entremets and even dessert buffets. Thestarkly beautiful pictures of Migoya’s modernist creationsare, so to speak, the icing on the intricately composed cake. byNicholas Rummell —StarChefs

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470891988
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 185,671
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Francisco J. Migoya is a professor at The CulinaryInstitute of America, teaching the Café Operations class forthe baking and pastry arts degree programs. He is also in charge ofthe Apple Pie Bakery Café, the CIA's busiest public restaurantoperation. Before joining the CIA, he was executive pastry chef atThomas Keller's The French Laundry, Bouchon Bakery, and BouchonBistro. He has also worked as a pastry chef at such New York Cityrestaurants as Veritas, Ilo, and The River Café.

Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is anindependent, not-for-profit college offering bachelor's andassociate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts, aswell as certificate programs in Latin cuisines and wine andbeverage studies. A network of more than 44,000 alumni has helpedthe CIA earn its reputation as the world's premier culinarycollege. The CIA, which also offers courses for professionals andfood enthusiasts, as well as consulting services for thefoodservice and hospitality industry, has campuses in Hyde Park,New York; St. Helena, California; San Antonio, Texas; andSingapore.

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Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS vi

INTRODUCTION vi

Ch1 The Basic Elements 1

Ch2 Pre-Desserts 105

Ch3 Plated Desserts 163

Ch4 Dessert Buffets 261

Ch5 Passed-Around Desserts 331

Ch6 Cakes (Entremets) 381

Ch7 Petits Fours (Mignardises) 449

BIBLIOGRAPHY 519

RESOURCES 520

INDEX 522

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