Saturday, December 15, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide - Bouchon Bakery: A Book Review

About The Book:

Baked goods that are marvels of ingenuity and simplicity from the famed Bouchon Bakery

The tastes of childhood have always been a touchstone for Thomas Keller, and in this dazzling amalgam of American and French baked goods, you'll find recipes for the beloved TKOs and Oh Ohs (Keller's takes on Oreos and Hostess's Ho Hos) and all the French classics he fell in love with as a young chef apprenticing in Paris: the baguettes, the macarons, the mille-feuilles, the tartes aux fruits.

   Co-author Sebastien Rouxel, executive pastry chef for the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, has spent years refining techniques through trial and error, and every page offers a new lesson: a trick that assures uniformity, a subtlety that makes for a professional finish, a flash of brilliance that heightens flavor and enhances texture. The deft twists, perfectly written recipes, and dazzling photographs make perfection inevitable.

About The Authors:

Thomas Keller, author of The French Laundry CookbookBouchonUnder Pressure, Ad Hoc at Home, and Bouchon Bakery, has eleven restaurants and bakeries in the United States. His two Michelin Guide three-star-rated restaurants, The French Laundry and per se, continue to vie for best restaurant in America and for ranking among the top five eateries in the world. He has been honored with innumerable awards, from an honorary doctorate to outstanding restaurateur to chef of the year(for successive years).

Sebastien Rouxel, co-author with Thomas Keller of Bouchon Bakery, oversees all aspects of the pastry department for Bouchon Bakery, The French Laundry, and per se. In 2005, he was named a "Rising Star" by StarChefs magazine. In 2006 and again in 2008, Pastry Art & Design magazine declared him one of the "Top Ten Best Pastry Chefs in America."

My Review:

During the last couple years, I have really embraced baking, and am always on the lookout for great cookbooks to experiment with. Recently I have had the please to review Bouchon Bakery and it was a fantastic experience.

The book has absolutely stunning sounding and the photos were amazing. Each recipe is very easy to follow, using mostly basic pantry supplies. I have tried a couple of the recipes, all turning out very nicely and the family really enjoyed them. I made the Corn Muffins (p. 74), the Blueberry Muffins (a family fave found on page 76) and Pumpkin Muffins (p. 86). Perfect for this muffin loving family (and my favorite thing to bake!). The only negative about the book is that it is huge and heavy! But the pros of the recipes included far out weight the negative of weight! 

If you have a baking fan on your Christmas list this year, this is the perfect gift idea! Also, it would be a great gift idea for a wedding or Bridal shower as well. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Bouchon Bakery online here, through Amazon

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Thomas Allen and Sons, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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