The Chef in a Truck: The Fabulous Culinary Odyssey of a French Pastry Chef in California

The Chef in a Truck: The Fabulous Culinary Odyssey of a French Pastry Chef in California

by François Perret, Éric Nebot


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In this accessible and must-have companion to the Netflix series, discover the recipes, stories, and places encountered by a world-renowned pastry chef.

When pastry chef François Perret left the world-famous Ritz in Paris to compete in a food-truck festival in Los Angeles, he was pursuing the same mission: to surprise, to create, and to make dreams come true. If food is about connection, passion, and breaking down boundaries, what better challenge than to pack up and leave the well-equipped, Michelin-starred French kitchen for the cramped, mobile, but unbeatably accessible food truck half a world away?

Part travel documentary, part companion guide, and part fusion recipe book, this volume accompanies the Netflix series The Chef in a Truck. Bringing together both culinary worlds, it includes recipes from the high-end pastry environment using the most exclusive ingredients, as well as recipes inspired by encounters with local chefs and producers in California.

Follow Perret’s unique journey, re-create his recipes in your own kitchen, and explore the places he visits in Paris and Los Angeles through his personal address book. An adventure is guaranteed—one which affirms the true emotional and creative beauty of food and the values we can learn from stepping out of our comfort zones and into an unfamiliar and exciting world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9782080248534
Publisher: Rizzoli
Publication date: 11/16/2021
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 1,136,283
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

François Perret, head pastry chef at the Michelin-starred Ritz Paris, was named the “Best Restaurant Pastry Chef in the World” in 2019 by Les Grand Tables du Monde.

Table of Contents

My Grandmother and I: A Tale of Lowe and Cuisine 11

An Extraordinary Encounter! 15

Madeleine Entremets 18

My Vanilla Custard 22

Marble Cake 24

Sugared Strawberries with Cream 26

Milk Brioche Cloud with Caramel Sauce 30

Buddha's-Hand Pavlova with Creamy Rice Pudding and Crispy Meringue 34

California 44

Milk Jar Cookies 57

Chocolate Pecan and Caramel Cookies by Courtney Cowan 60

American Desserts 62

Donuts 68

Chez Rose 75

Sweet Corn Agnolotti by Jason Neroni at the Rose Venice 78

Heavenly Ice Cream 82

Reinventing 90

Farmers' Market 114

The Big Day Was Approaching 120

The Last Stop 124

François Perret's Recipe Journal 141

Whisky Babas with Chantilly Cream 142

Carrot-Shaped Carrot Cake 146

Like a Cookie 149

Chocolate and Raspberry Donuts 152

Fennel Salad 154

S'Mores Popsicles 156

Asparagus Tacos 160

Corn Tacos 164

Pear Tacos with Avocado Honey 168

The Kumquat 170

Acknowledgments 173

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