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The Art of French Pastry
by Jacquy Pfeiffer, Martha Rose Shulman

Winner of the 2014 James Beard Award for Best Cookbook, Dessert & Baking

What does it take to perfect a flawless �clair? A delicate yet buttery croissant? To pipe dozens of macarons? The answer is: an intimate knowledge of the fundamentals of pastry. In The Art of French Pastry award-winning pastry chef Jacquy Pfeiffer, cofounder of the renowned French Pastry School in Chicago, gives you just that.

By teaching you how to make everything from p�te � choux to pastry cream, Pfeiffer builds on the basics until you have an understanding of the science behind the ingredients used, how they interact with one another, and what your hands have to do to transform them into pastry. This yields glorious results! Expect to master these techniques and then indulge in exquisite recipes, such as:

� brioche
� napol�ons / Mille-Feuilles
� cream puffs
� Alsatian cinnamon rolls / chinois
� lemon cream tart with meringue teardrops
� elephant ears / palmiers
� black forest cake
� beignets

as well as some traditional Alsatian savory treats, including:

� Pretzels
� Kougelhof
� Tarte Flamb�e
� Warm Alsatian Meat Pie

Pastry is all about precision, so Pfeiffer presents us with an amazing wealth of information–lists of necessary equipment, charts on how ingredients react in different environments, and the precise weight of ingredients in grams, with a look at their equivalent in U.S. units–which will help you in all aspects of your cooking.

But in order to properly enjoy your “just desserts,” so to speak; you will also learn where these delicacies originated. Jacquy Pfeiffer comes from a long line of pastry chefs and has been making these recipes since he was a child working in his father’s bakery in Alsace. Sprinkled with funny, charming memories from a lifetime in pastry, this book will have you fully appreciating the hundreds of years of tradition that shaped these recipes into the classics that we know and love, and can now serve to our friends and families over and over again.

The Art of French Pastry, full of gorgeous photography and Pfeiffer’s accompanying illustrations, is a master class in pastry from a master teacher.


The Advanced Art of Baking & Pastry
by R. Andrew Chlebana

The main goal of Advanced Baking and Pastry is to present the right balance of topics and depth of coverage, encompassing items produced in the bakeshop, including breads, Viennoiserie, creams, pies, tarts, cakes, and decorative work in a professional manner that is easily approachable for the advanced baking and pastry student and professional. This is accomplished by providing theoretical information along with tested recipes, detailed step-by-step procedures, and additional online support material. This approach to learning builds the student’s confidence and skills, as well as an increased understanding of the material. In addition, a supplemental recipe database will provide students with a foundation of recipes and techniques that they can then apply throughout their career. Professionals will also benefit from the wide variety of recipes and the techniques presented.

The Advanced Professional Pastry Chef
by Bo Friberg

Up-to-date, advanced techniques for the professional pastry chef and serious home baker

The Advanced Professional Pastry Chef brings up-to-date coverage of the latest baking and pastry techniques to a new generation of pastry chefs and serious home bakers. This book covers advanced material and – like chef Bo’s classic The Professional Pastry Chef: Fundamentals of Baking and Pastry, Fourth Edition – contains contemporary information to meet the needs of today’s pastry kitchen. This volume contains nearly 500 recipes, which emphasize the techniques and presentations offered in top restaurants and bakeshops today.

Topics covered in depth include:

  • Decorated cakes
  • Modernist desserts
  • Wedding cakes and holiday favorites
  • Sugar work
  • Marzipan figures
  • Chocolate decorations

Illustrated step-by-step instructions demystify even the most complex techniques and preparations, while over 100 vivid color photographs bring finished dishes to life.


Baking and Pastry: Mastering the Art and Craft, 3rd Edition
by The Culinary Institute of America (CIA)

The leading learning tool for all levels of baking and pastry ability, newly illustrated and updated

Praised by top pastry chefs and bakers as "an indispensable guide" and "the ultimate baking and pastry reference," the latest edition of Baking and Pastry from The Culinary Institute of America improves upon the last with more than 300 new recipes, photographs, and illustrations, and completely revised and up-to-date information on creating spectacular breads and desserts. Covering the full range of the baking and pastry arts and widely used by professionals and readers who want to bake like professionals, this book offers detailed, accessible instructions on the techniques for everything from yeast breads, pastry doughs, quick breads, breakfast pastries, and savory items to cookies, pies, cakes, frozen desserts, custards, soufflés, and chocolates. In addition, this revised edition features new information on sustainability and seasonality along with new material on plated desserts, special-occasion cakes, wedding cakes, décor techniques, savory and breakfast pastries, and volume production, making it the most comprehensive baking and pastry manual on the market.

Named "Best Book: Professional Kitchen" at the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Cookbook Awards Established by its first two editions as a lifelong kitchen reference for professional pastry chefs Includes more than 900 recipes and 645 color photographs and illustrations


Patisserie
by Christophe Felder

All the classic French pastries made accessible for the home cook, with 3,200 photographs. For every serious home baker, French pastry represents the ultimate achievement. But to master the techniques, a written recipe can take you only so far–what is equally important is to see a professional in action, to learn the nuances of rolling out dough for croissaints or caramelizing apples for a tarte tatin. For each of the 210 recipes here, there are photographs that lead the reader through every step of the instructions. There has never been such a comprehensive primer on patisserie. The important base components–such as cr�me patisserie, p�te � choux, and chocolate ganache–are presented as stand-alone recipes. Once comfortable with these, the home baker can go on to tackle the famous and more complex creations–such as �clairs, Saint-Honor�, Op�ra–as well as feel empowered to explore new and original combinations. An entire chapter is devoted to decoration as well as sauces, syrups, and fillings. Whether used to develop skills or to refine techniques, to gain or simply broaden a repertoire, Patisserie dispels the mystery around classic French pastries, so that everyone can make them at home.

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