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By Dorie Greenspan

The prize-winning writer of Baking with Julia (more than 350,000 copies sold), between different cookbook classics, celebrates the candy lifestyles with recipes and lore from Paris's most interesting patisseries.

Like such a lot fanatics of pastry and Paris, Dorie Greenspan has continually marveled on the jewel-like creations displayed in bakery home windows in the course of the urban of sunshine. Now, in a charmingly illustrated tribute to the capital of goodies, Greenspan provides a most excellent collection of recipes from Paris’s finest pastry cooks in a booklet that's as transporting to learn because it is simple to exploit.

From vintage recipes, a few centuries outdated, to up-to-date recommendations, Paris Sweets offers a luxurious advisor to making cookies, from the fabled madeleine to easy, ultra-buttery sables; cakes, from the well-known Tatin, which started its lifestyles as an upside-down blunders, to a pleasant strawberry tart adorned with selfmade strawberry marshmallows; and an excellent variety of cakes–lemon-drenched "weekend cake," fudge cake, and the show-stopping Opera. Paris Sweets brims with various temptations that even a amateur can organize, resembling espresso éclairs, rum-soaked babas, and meringue puffs. Evocative pix of the pastry outlets and cooks, in addition to details on actual French elements, make this a very complete journey.

An dependent present for Francophiles, armchair tourists, bakers of all ability degrees, and positively for oneself, Paris Sweets brings domestic a style of appeal.

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