If you’ve ever dreamed of being able to conjure up the mouthwatering pastries you’ve enjoyed in a Parisian cake store but thought it would be too hard, think again!
Will Torrent is a rising star in the pastry world and in this, his first book, he aims to take the fear factor out of French pâtisserie. With step-by-step photography, a no-nonsense approach to the key pastry techniques and more than 60 beautifully illustrated recipes, this book will become an invaluable source of inspiration and a constant reference for all your favorite French-inspired sweet treats. There are chapters on Basic Techniques, Pâtisserie, Tarts, Petits Fours, Gâteaux & Desserts, and Bakery & Viennoiserie, and you’ll find recipes like chocolate and coffee éclairs, lemon tart, honey madeleines, brioche, macarons and red berry charlotte.
|Publisher:||Ryland Peters & Small|
|Product dimensions:||8.60(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Will Torrent trained under Heston Blumenthal at the age of 16, won Young Chef of the Year in 2009 and has worked with top chefs such as Brian Turner and Gary Rhodes, as well as for illustrious London hotels, Claridges, The Dorchester, The Lanesborough, and three-Michelin-starred The Fat Duck. He has appeared on the BBC’s Sweet Baby James with James Martin. He is a pâtisserie consultant to a leading UK supermarket and he recently collaborated with Heston Blumenthal and Royal Chef Mark Flanagan to create Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Picnic Hampers. He has recently been profiled by British press, such as The Guardian.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Wow! What a mouth-wateringly gorgeous book! I admit, the photo of Tarte éxotique made me laugh. Dried leaves and berries still on the stem?!? Too funny. However, this book makes you want to just dive in. I have made some basic French pastries in the past, "Paris Brest", basic cream puffs, etc, so this really doesn't feel like it's too far above my reach to even try. Yes, some of the recipes are a little more intense than others, but there are great recipes in here for everyone. I love how the book starts with the absolute basics of the different pastry doughs and basic creams and ganache and builds from there. Tarte au citron--really what is there more to say? I'm pretty sure I put on 5 lbs just LOOKING at the Tarte au chocolat, and the Mango and passionfruit mini éclairs are seriously calling my name. If you want to get into French pastries, I would recommend this book. Just start at the front and work your way through. Lovely, lovely book that I would definitely recommend. I received a copy of this book from Ryland, Peters & Small for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.