Pastry Love Cookbook Review – Enticing, Thorough, Easy to Understand

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Pastry Love: A Baker's Journal of Favorite Recipes, brings to the pages of this oversize hardback the favorite recipes that have made its author, Joanne Chang, a well-known, award-winning, and internationally respected professional pastry arts Chef.

Bypassing her credentials, which are a bit intimidating, honors graduate from Harvard with a degree in Applied Mathematics and Economics, and jumping right into the pages that provide introduction and anecdotes from her pastry arts education studying under many respected Pastry Arts leaders, we find she is a James Beard award winning baker, owner of Boston's Flour bakeries and is the author of four other cookbooks.


Binging with Babish Cookbook Review – A Delicious Pop Culture Food Trip


After Harvard was deep in the rear view, a passion for culinary caused her to jump off the consultant track and moved full-time into her passion and pleasure, that of working in a professional kitchen. After a year, she says, she "discovered sugar and not salt ran through her veins." Soon it was finding the pathway to creating delicious, edible works of pastry arts.

With a sincerity, Chang presents an introduction that evolves into a Master Class. Tips to be a Better Baker followed by Master Techniques. Beginning in her Tips section, she outlines a baker's dozen of ideas that she has been taught and now teaches offering tricks of the trade that she employees each time she prepares to create.

She begins with "Read the recipe, the whole recipe, and nothing but the recipe," which is the road map to any creation. She follows with "Gather your mise en place," "Use a kitchen scale," "Check your temperature," Confirm the temperature of the ingredients," "Use salt," "Make the recipe yours," and "Test by touch and eye, not just by time."

Number nine "Clean as you go," which is accompanied by an interesting story of her work at the Francois Payard Patisserie, when, after creating a towering Wedding Cake, she is told by the French Baker's she bakes like a home baker, leaving a mess with every step. She explains clean as you go, wipe the counter, put ingredients away, never leave a trial of flour, eggshells and messiness. She finishes the list with "Be patient, "Be presence," "Don't give up," and "Have Fun!"


A Baker’s Passport Book Review – A Delicious Around the World Culinary Adventure (Recipes)


Her next section of Master techniques spans ten pages, in alphabetical order, beginning with Blind Baking Shells, Buttering and Flouring Pans, Cooking Sugar, Creaming Butter and Sugar, Crumb Coating a Cake, Cutting Parchment Circles, Docking Dough, Filing a Pastry Bag, Flicking Flour, Folding Ingredients, Fraisage, Making a Cornet, Making Vanilla Sugar, Melting Chocolate, Piping with a Pastry Bag, Rolling out Pastry Dough, Rotating Cake Pans, Baking Sheets and Muffin Tins, Scalding Milk and Cream, Scoring and Slashing Bread, Splitting a Cake, Splitting and Scraping Vanilla Beans, Spreading with an Offset Spatula, Tempering Chocolate, Tempering Ingredients, Toasting Nuts and Whipping Egg Whites.

The next seven pages are filled with equipment and ingredient suggestions. Like most, Chang explains "There is no need to stock your kitchen with every gadget for cooks on the market. In many cases you can get by with a few bowls, a whisk, a wooden spoon, a silicone spatula and baking sheets and pans all items that you may already own."

Finally after the buildup, the anticipation, the cookbook opens into her favorite recipes divided into sections: What's for Breakfast, I Knead Bread, Afternoon Pick-Me-Up, Easy as Pie, Let Them Eat Cake, Time to Show Off, I Made This For You and Master of Your Pastry Domain.

Of course, thumbing through the pages pausing over certain recipes, or the beautiful styled full-size pictures which are featured throughout the 461 pages. Most bakers have a favorite or specialty that instantly draws their attention and inevitably is the first section they go to in any pastry cookbook.

Pastry Love is a pastry arts lover's guide. Chang's skill and passion jumps off the pages making a first choice a difficult one. After taking a slow walk through each of the pages, stopping when the recipe looked interesting or the finished product caused pause, I found the entire book full of attention-grabbing recipes, and decadent, mouthwatering and delicious looking sweet treats.

As these recipes represent her favorites, each section is filled with an array of choices. A sampling of her Breakfast ideas, Gluten-Free Apple Spice Pecan Muffins, Whole Wheat Maple-Blueberry Scones. I Knead Bread, of course, everyone's favorite Challah, Garlicky Cheesy Monkey Bread, Ciabatta, Cranberry-Pecan Bread, Gluten-Free Focaccia and these are only a small selection of the offerings.


Fancy AF Cocktails Book Review - A Guide to The Trendiest and Trashiest Cocktails


Afternoon Pick Me Up, one can imagine Pecan Sandie's, Walnut Melt-aways, Persian Love Cookies, Raspberry Swirl Meringues. Easy as Pie highlights her use of fruit fillings and thin, flaky crusts and includes recipes for Cherry Crumb Pie, Old fashioned Double Crust Apple Pie, Autumn Pie Tart Tatin, Rhubarb Brown Sugar Pie and French Peach Crostatas.

Let Them Eat Cake showcases the unusual ideas and combination of ingredients to produce wild and wowing flavors such as Japanese Cotton Cheesecake, Hummingbird Cupcakes, Malted Chocolate Cake, Strawberries and Cream Chiffon Cake, Funfetti Angel Food Cake.

In Time to Show Off Chang also utilizes her skills with fruit filings, and her flare for making the usual amazingly unusual. Standouts from this section are Vietnamese Espresso Profiteroles with Spicy Chocolate Ganache, Rum Butterscotch-Pudding Parfait with Ginger-Molasses Crumble and Passion Fruit and Raspberry Pavlovas.

I Made This for You, a section of sweet treat guaranteed to bring a smile to even the hard to please with Billionaires Shortbread, Peppermint Kisses and Maple Pecan Tassies.


The Cheesecake Bible Second Edition Review - A Revelation of Heavenly Treats (Recipes)


The final section Master of Your Domain, introduces master techniques, if you dare turn the page and take your baking skill to the next level. She introduces, or provides a remedial lesson in, Master Puff Pastry Dough, Master Quick Puff Pastry Dough, Master Ganache, Master Frangipane, Master Pastry Cream, Rick's Master Shortbread, Master Lemon Curd, Master Pate Sucree, Master Single or Double Crust Pata, Brisee and Master Brioche Dough.

Pastry Love: A Baker's Journal of Favorite Recipes for the pastry arts professional, the home-schooled home chef, the spectator, onlooker and all who pause over the idea, even slightly, of baking with passion.

 Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Pastry Love: A Baker's Journal of Favorite Recipes is available at fine bookstores and online retailers everywhere.

Haute Tease

  • Paris Fashion Week: Rani Zakhem Couture, Fall/Winter 2018-2019 – Dazzling, Flamboyant, Sensual

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Rani Zakhem Couture Fall Winter 2018-2019 collection is a vibrant, sparkling tribute to the combating and combative woman, Amazone of all jungles and terribly "Glamazonian", fatally seductive when, like a warrior goddess, she appears in her crystal armor.

     
  • DETROIT Review - Emotionally Riveting, Shocking, An Early Oscar Favorite

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    DETROIT, from Annapurna Pictures, presents the story of the 1967 Detroit Riots, one night, three rouge cops, a city out of control, and an horrific encounter at the Algiers Hotel, which would end with three dead, others, the survivors, incapacitated.

     
  • Frostbite is No Joke: 7 Tips to Stay Warm and Avoid Permanent Damage

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    When the temperature dips below freezing, it's critical to protect your skin from cold-weather health risks. Frostbite occurs when the skin – and sometimes the tissue beneath the skin – freezes due to prolonged exposure to cold temperatures. Depending on how long and how frozen the tissue, frostbite can result in severe, sometimes permanent, damage.

     
  • Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter Review - A Solid Gold Nugget

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter, from Lila 9th Productions and Ad Hominem Productions, brings to the screen an unusual mix of the contemporary, evolved life in modern Japan coupled with the restrictions of century held societal mores and customs.

     
  • For Seekers of California Sun, Fun, Food, and Rock-n-Roll - Welcome to Buena Park California

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Nestled in California’s Orange County, the city of Buena Park is a beacon for fun-loving family travelers. Comprised of approximately eleven square miles, this small town packs a huge travel and tourism punch, boasting some of the world’s most well-known theme parks and attractions.  

     
  • Remains of Two Missing Pulled From Manhattan Gas Explosion Site

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The final two missing from last week’s gas explosion on Manhattan’s Lower East Side have been pulled from the rubble days after an alleged illegal gas tap set off a massive seven alarm inferno that killed two and injured 25.

     
  • All The President’s Men – Manafort Guilty on Eight Counts; Cohen Pleads

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Robert S. Mueller, Special Counsel investigating collusion and influencing the 2016 Presidential Election, scored major victories today with the guilty verdicts of Paul Manafort, former Campaign Manager to the President and Trump personal attorney, Michael Cohen.

     
  • CNBC EXCLUSIVE: Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky Speaks With CNBC’S Meg Tirrell

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Covering the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco, CNBC provided this exclusive transcript of a conversation with Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky who discussed healthcare, new technologies, breakthroughs, cures, consumer satisfaction, prescription pricing and Amazon.

     
  • Spring, if You’re Reading This… Can You Visit Soon

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    As I look outside my window, to see a whole city covered in a blanket of snow, I’m reminded of Bing Crosby, Christmas carols and all things holiday. Yet, the presents under the tree have been opened for some time now, the ornaments gone, and lights properly put away. Don’t get me wrong, I love winter, being from Colorado; I love skiing down the slopes of Breckenridge and walking in my snow-boots to Starbucks. I love everything from the first frost to the last flake falling.

     
  • Cannes Yachting Festival – New Waves of Inspiration With Elegance and Comfort

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    At the Cannes Yachting Festival, Berret Racoupeau's yacht design team will present their four most recent production designs: the Amel 50, the Wauquiez PS 42, the Saona and the Océanis 51, as well as other construction projects and one-off designs.

     
  • New York Fashion Week: Backstage with Rebecca Taylor

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Rebecca Taylor, the New Zealand born fashion designer, hosted the media backstage prior to the presentation of her fall/winter 2008 line. Having been invited to have a one-on-one interview with the designer we met backstage at Mercedes-Benz IMG Fashion Week.

     
  • United Airline Thugs Drag Doctor from Flight (Video)

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    A doctor urgently needed at his hospital was pulled from a United Flight in Chicago, grabbed, and picked up from his window seat by security, and dragged through the aisle, pulled by his arms, sustaining cuts and bruises in the removal.

     
  • Delphine Eatery & Bar West Hollywood Review - Mediterranean Magnificence

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Next time you are in L.A. and hit West Hollywood to mix, mingle and munch with movers and shakers, then Delphine Eatery & Bar is a must. Housed at the ultra-chic W Hollywood Hotel directly across the street from the Pantages Theatre, this remarkable restaurant dishes up Mediterranean cuisine in a warm, inviting and electric brasserie setting.

     
  • Defamation Review: Powerful, Dramatic and Poignant from Director Yoav Shamir

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Defamation,” a documentary that explores Director Yoav Shamir’s personal views of Anti-Semitism, the Holocaust and Nazi’s, in a world where the only opinions are the traditional hardline views and begs the question of its value in a post-Hitler world.

     
  • THE MARINE 3: HOME FRONT Review: Director Scott Wiper and Mike “The Miz” Mizanin Score the Win

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    THE MARINE 3: HOMEFRONT, from WWE Studios and FOX Home Entertainment, is the third installment in the successful THE MARINE franchise and brings World Wrestling Entertainment star MikeThe MizMizanin to the big screen.