The Pastry Chef's Companion: A Comprehensive Resource Guide for the Baking and Pastry Professional

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With more than 4,800 terms and definitions from around the world plus ten appendices filled with helpful resources, The Pastry Chef's Companion combines the best features of a dictionary and an encyclopedia. In addition to the current terminology of every component of pastry, baking, and confectionary arts, this book provides important information about the origin and historical background of many of the terms. Moreover, it offers coverage of flavor trends, industry practices, key success factors, a resources ...

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Overview

With more than 4,800 terms and definitions from around the world plus ten appendices filled with helpful resources, The Pastry Chef's Companion combines the best features of a dictionary and an encyclopedia. In addition to the current terminology of every component of pastry, baking, and confectionary arts, this book provides important information about the origin and historical background of many of the terms. Moreover, it offers coverage of flavor trends, industry practices, key success factors, a resources list, illustrations, and phonetic pronunciations.

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Wiley's two latest baking titles, both written by professional chefs, deserve spots on the reference shelves of bakers everywhere. Professional Baking is a textbook designed to "provide students with a theoretical and practical foundation in baking" and is valuable for both professional and amateur bakers alike. It covers measurements and bake shop math, sanitation, equipment, ingredients, history, large-quantity baking, and mixing and assembling techniques. Since bakers primarily use formulas (lists and quantities of ingredients) rather than recipes, all of the material in this book is presented in the form of procedures and formulas. Procedures are outlined first; formulas that follow refer to the discussion of the procedure rather than step-by-step instructions. A glossary and index are included.

The Pastry Chef's Companion includes 4800 pastry and baking definitions, including their origins and history, along with pronunciation guides for most of the terms. Ten appendixes are included; of particular interest are "Important Temperatures Every Baker Should Know," "Weight and Volume Equivalents for Common Ingredients," and "What Went Wrong and Why." This is recommended for all larger libraries; Professional Baking is recommended for academic libraries and collections that serve culinary students.
—Pauline Baughman

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470009550
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/7/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 142,980
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Glenn Rinsky is a Certified Executive Chef (CEC), Certified Executive Pastry Chef (CEPC), and Certified Culinary Educator (CCE). A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, he is Executive Chef-Instructor at Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham, Alabama.

Laura Halpin Rinsky is a Certified Executive Pastry Chef (CEPC) and Certified Culinary Educator (CCE). A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, she is currently designing and implementing a Hospitality and Culinary Arts Academy for Hewitt-Trussville High School in Trussville, Alabama.

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Table of Contents

How It All Began v

Acknowledgments vii

About the Authors viii

Terminology A–Z 1–310

Appendices: Baking Resources

Important Temperatures Every Pastry Chef and Baker Should Know311

Weight and Volume Equivalents for Most Common Ingredients315

Sugar Cooking Stages 319

Conversion Formulas and Equivalents 320

Seasonal Fruit Availability 323

The 12 Steps of Baking 325

Classic and Contemporary Flavor Combinations 331

What Went Wrong and Why 351

Specialty Vendors 363

Professional Development Resources 366

References 371

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2008

    Love it!

    I love this book! I carry it with me, like it's my baking bible. Sometimes I read it like a book other times I use it as a reference. Plenty of photos, very good descriptions & word enunciations & origins. Of course there could always be more photos. But, I enjoy learning the why's & where's of products I see in the cake supply stores. Who knew that there were so many types of sugar?! Love Love it! Even my kids like it.

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