Paris Sweets: Great Desserts from the City's Best Pastry Shops

Paris Sweets Great Desserts from the City s Best Pastry Shops The prize winning author of Baking with Julia than copies sold among other cookbook classics celebrates the sweet life with recipes and lore from Paris s finest patisseries Like most lovers

  • Title: Paris Sweets: Great Desserts from the City's Best Pastry Shops
  • Author: Dorie Greenspan
  • ISBN: 9780767906814
  • Page: 332
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The prize winning author of Baking with Julia than 350,000 copies sold , among other cookbook classics, celebrates the sweet life with recipes and lore from Paris s finest patisseries Like most lovers of pastry and Paris, Dorie Greenspan has always marveled at the jewel like creations displayed in bakery windows throughout the City of Light Now, in a charmingly illThe prize winning author of Baking with Julia than 350,000 copies sold , among other cookbook classics, celebrates the sweet life with recipes and lore from Paris s finest patisseries.Like most lovers of pastry and Paris, Dorie Greenspan has always marveled at the jewel like creations displayed in bakery windows throughout the City of Light Now, in a charmingly illustrated tribute to the capital of sweets, Greenspan presents a splendid assortment of recipes from Paris s foremost pastry chefs in a book that is as transporting to read as it is easy to use From classic recipes, some centuries old, to updated innovations, Paris Sweets provides a sumptuous guide to creating cookies, from the fabled madeleine to simple, ultra buttery sables tarts, from the famous Tatin, which began its life as an upside down error, to a delightful strawberry tart embellished with homemade strawberry marshmallows and a glorious range of cakes lemon drenched weekend cake, fudge cake, and the show stopping Opera Paris Sweets brims with assorted temptations that even a novice can prepare, such as coffee clairs, rum soaked babas, and meringue puffs Evocative portraits of the pastry shops and chefs, as well as information on authentic French ingredients, make this a truly comprehensive tour An elegant gift for Francophiles, armchair travelers, bakers of all skill levels, and certainly for oneself, Paris Sweets brings home a taste of enchantment.

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    1. LOVE this book. It is a delight in every other way. The book is partly a travelogue describing the atmosphere and offerings at Paris's most famous patisseries, and her writing is so evocative, and so charmingly illustrated with line drawings, that you while reading you tend to feel as if you were standing in front of a gleaming case of sweetly scented pastries with a rotund pastry chef behind the counter sending up clouds of artisanal flour as you contemplate your order in line behind an elegant [...]

    2. my first introduction to lots of things- dorie greenspan's amazing books, financiers, her korova/world peace cookies, etc. for a long time i was on a tart kick, and i ended up making 4 of the ones in there (the whole lemon tart, the sonia rykel tart, the baked apple tart, and the cherry clafoutis) in a very short period of time (leading everyone who ate the goods to abstain from tarts for a while)e also paints a really pretty picture of paris, with quaint pastry shops and humble, kind pastry che [...]

    3. My first Dorie Greenspan cookbook.wonderful book, great recipes. She includes weights for ingredients which is a big plus.

    4. I wish this book had pictures! I liked a lot of the recipes and I'm planning to make some eventually, but I like to have pictures to entice me and to get an idea of whether I'm doing it right or not!

    5. I took this out of the library over a decade ago and worked my way through some of the delicious recipes; I particularly remember a chocolate torte that was filled with butter and eggs that was so rich it still haunts my dreams. Greenspan is one of those food writers that not only explains the history of what's being presented but the science of why it works. I first encountered her in Baking with Julia: Sift, Knead, Flute, Flour, and Savor and was pleased to find that she had so many other titl [...]

    6. This book was my gateway cookbook to Dorie Greenspan’s wonderful cookbooks. I now own three, but this is a cookbook with wonderful recipes in it

    7. If I could I would give 10 stars! I can not praise this cookbook enough. Beautifully written, heartwarming stories and gorgeous illustrations. As if that wasn't enough? There are so many mouthwatering recipes to be made! Thanks to Doris Greenspan who went over and beyond to make sure we can bake up these delectable treats from Paris, right here at home! There are very few cookbooks I have read from over to cover. This is one of them and I enjoyed every minute between these pages. Can't wait to r [...]

    8. I love this cookbook not just for the recipes, but for the glimpses into French culture, which the author so vividly describes, and for the baking tips, which she shares with nuanced detail. My son and I have tried three recipes so far--lemon butter cookies, classic madeleines, and puff pastry--and all were delicious. Next on the list of attempts are the honey madeleines and the korova cookies. I first learned of this cookbook three years ago at an open house held by a family in St. Petersburg, [...]

    9. This is a small book, but big on information. It is a collection of quality, representative recipes from Paris patisseries and bakeries, all made workable for home cooks in American kitchens. Along with these great recipes is plenty of information about French baking styles and vignettes about many of the best patisseries in Paris. She does a great job of capturing the personality of the bakers she writes about. The recipe for Korova/World Peace cookies alone is worth the price of the book. Thes [...]

    10. Part cookbook, part bakery (and baked good) history, this is a really wonderful book that gives you the information to recreate Paris' best pastries at home. It would also be great if you were planning a visit to the city, since then you'd know where to stop! Not for amateurs (I tried some of the cookie recipes, but the rest were pretty tough), the recipes are delicious and she adds suggestions for 'An American In Paris' if you'd like to be less traditional with your fillings, presentation, etc. [...]

    11. I've only made the madeleines thus far, but they came out beautifully and were nummy =DEDIT: Overall, absolutely lovely book, and great reading for anyone with a particular fondness for pastry shops (but of course, you could have guessed that). My one complaint is that the recipes aren't as "everyday" as those in her classic Baking: From My Home to Yours, so I wouldn't want it as a recipe book per say, and there isn't enough other text to really justify more than a library jaunt.

    12. Absolutely superb. The recipes are easy to follow and I love the anecdotes Greenspan includes with all of the desserts. I was a little weary about baking some items because there are no photographs (only cartoon sketches), but so far Greenspan hasn't failed me in my efforts to recreate a French patisserie at home. My favorite baking book by far!

    13. My mom gave me this book, which means I cherish it. I don't, however, use many of the recipes. Most involve several steps and fancy, expensive ingredients. I'm too distracted and poor for all that. These recipes are for when you want to impress someone with delicate petits fours or an elegant cake. Not suggested when you just want a pan of gooey brownies or some cookies in under an hour.

    14. Great Stories and Recipes Dorie provides terrific narratives and several of the top pastry and bread shops in Paris. She describes the delicious treats and then is kind enough to provide a copious amount of recipes.

    15. World Peace/Korova Cookies - best chocolate cookies I have ever eaten. Easy to make. No expensive/hard to find ingredients. I'm keeping a stash in my freezer for chocolate emergencies. My new favorite dessert to bring to people.

    16. more than a cookbook- the anecdotes and illustrations that accompany the recipes make the book. the korova cookies are *unbelievable* though and the description of montmartre square will make you want to rush out and buy a pound of almond paste (then, sticker shock). pitch perfect food writing.

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