The order of the book flawlessly executes the author's approach: reveal Parisian culture through its bakeries and pastries. The establishments featured in the book are adroitly described, allowing the reader to appreciate their institutional status as well as the cultural significance of their recipes. I have thoroughly enjoyed preparing several of the recipes. Many of the recipes are more appropriate for those with a skilled touch; those with little experience in the French kitchen might better relegate this book to the coffee table, where many a guest of mine has relished in its exquisite photography and warm prose.
This is a great book! It presents pictures of several Parisian boulangeries and patisseries with quite a number of recipes for each one. And the recipes do seem do-able and many are original. There are great-looking recipes for fruit cake, chocolate (almond) macaroons, and old croissants soaked in syrup and baked with almond cream -- yum! The pictures so the quaint side of Paris bakeries, too. I only wish it were more up-to-date, since it was published in 1994. Definitely buy it if you're looking for a great guide to Parisian sweets!
I returned to the States from my first trip to Paris in June, after only having been there a week. Definitely not long enough to try all of the delicious looking pastries in every boulangerie ou patisserie. I am still truly homesick for Paris--but this book is wonderful and full of delicious recipes. I can't wait to try almost everything in this book, the nice thing is that it shows pictures of every recipe, so there's no suprises as to what it should look like. I also suggest Paris Bistro by the same author.
I have other Books by Linda Dannenberg, while they are all superb, this one is absolutely my favorite. Although the subject of French pastry making may seem daunting, this book contains many simple but delectable recipes. A must have!
This beautiful book transports the reader from the home kitchen to a Paris bakery. It's a treat to look at and the recipes, while they may be intimidating to those just starting to bake, are well worth the time and effort.
Clafoutis aux Cerises? Tartes aux Abricots? How about a savory Quiche aux Courgettes et Tomates? A tempting Pain Brioche? They're all here and many more winning recipes. Waken your lover with the tempting aroma of fresh, buttery croissants, fresh from your oven. Receive accolades for your platter of Amuse-Bouches. Ooo la la! Dannenberg and Bouchet team up for another picture-perfect book of recipes she gathered from great French bakers. Can you live another day without it? I had to add it to my shelf!
Having just returned from a years stay in Europe where I had the opportunity to visit Paris many time, I found this book a visual delight, as well as a treasure of hard to get recipes. It brought back many memories of strolling along the streets of Paris feasting with my eyes, as well as tasting some of the fantastic creations of the bakers of Paris. Armchair travel for the novice cook, a baking challenge for the experienced
Thus far, I have made the ham, cheese, and olive loaf and a few pastries out of this book and they came out fabulously. I absolutely love this book and highly recommend it to home cooks. The reciepes are manageable and the ingredients are easy to find, or options are suggested. Don't be scared byt he fact that these are French chefs.