by James Peterson

Overview - The learn-to-bake master class in a book.
The craft of baking is based on good technique. Learn the fundamentals well, and you can bake perfect cakes, cookies, tarts, breads, and pastries each and every time.
That's the premise of Baking , revered cooking teacher James Peterson's master course in baking fundamentals.

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The learn-to-bake master class in a book.
The craft of baking is based on good technique. Learn the fundamentals well, and you can bake perfect cakes, cookies, tarts, breads, and pastries each and every time.
That's the premise of Baking, revered cooking teacher James Peterson's master course in baking fundamentals. In more than 350 recipes and auxiliary techniques--most accompanied by illuminating step-by-step photographs--Peterson lays the foundation for lifelong baking success.
This book teaches you how to build finished baked goods from their essential components, providing both maximum guidance for less experienced bakers and great creative freedom for more confident bakers. The Cakes chapter, for example, presents basic cake recipes (Moist Sponge Cake, Devil' s Food Cake) followed by frostings, fillings, and glazes (Professional-Style Buttercream, White Chocolate Ganache), allowing you to mix and match endlessly. Or, if you're looking for knockout assembled cakes, go to the end of the chapter and discover complete illustrated instructions for, say, a decadent Chocolate Hazelnut Cake with Chocolate Filling and Hazelnut Buttercream, or an elegant Peach Creme Mousseline Cake.
Baking is packed with the basic, must-have recipes for every baker's repertoire (as well as more ambitious classics), such as:
Pound Cake Creme Anglaise Chiffon Cake Cheesecake Classic Puff Pastry Cherry Pie Lemon Meringue Pie Miniature Raw Fruit Tarts Linzertorte Cream Puffs Chocolate Croissants Cheese Danish Basic Butter Cookies Lemon Bars Biscotti Challah Rye Bread Focaccia Blueberry Muffins Scones Flourless Chocolate Cake Cheese Souffles Miniature Cake Petits Fours Apple Strudel Napoleons Rolled Fondant Buche de Noel Eclairs Mushroom Jalousie
Copious photographs inspire and help bakers visualize the crucial moments of hundreds of recipes and techniques, including:
Troubleshooting Tarts and Pies Baking "Blind" Making Liquid Fondant Coating a Cake with Hot Icing Assembling a Layer Cake without Using a Cake Stand Decorating a Cake with a Caramel Cage Coloring Marzipan Making a Rolled Cake Decorating Cookies with Colored Sugar Filling and Using a Pastry Bag Kneading Wet Dough in a Food Processor Scoring Dough Shaping a Fougasse Repairing Chocolate Mixtures that Have Seized Cooking Sugar Syrup to the Soft Ball Stage
Thorough, approachable, and authoritative, Baking shows why James Peterson is a trusted source for home cooks of every level. Work your way through this book, and you will gain the skills you'll need for impressive results every time."

  • ISBN-13: 9781580089913
  • ISBN-10: 1580089917
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publish Date: September 2009
  • Page Count: 378

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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 136.
  • Review Date: 2009-07-20
  • Reviewer: Staff

This workhorse of a guidebook (a sequel title to Cooking by the James Beard–winning author), is a worthy baking school between covers. Jam-packed with instructional photos accompanying a carefully created modular approach that aims to “teach you to think like a baker,” the work features over 300 recipes, mostly classics based in the French tradition. The five chapters—Cakes; Pies, Tarts and Pastries; Cookies; Breads, Quick Breads, and Bread-based Desserts; and Custards, Soufflés, Fruit Curds and Mousses—include a comprehensive overview, sidebars on techniques and recipes designed to teach techniques that can be used in more than the recipe listed. While you won't find innovative recipes, all the basics are here—classic puff pastry dough, sheet cakes, chocolate chip cookies, baguettes—along with classic, fanciful treats such as frangipane tart, madeleines, Grand Marnier soufflés and chocolate croissants. While not glamorous, this is a comprehensive title. (Nov.)

BookPage Reviews

A baking master class

If your beef stew needs a bit more salt or your vinaigrette a bit more garlic, you can fix it in a flash, but if your cake needs a bit more baking powder and looks like a thick, gooey pancake, you’ve had it. Baking is a precise art; the more you know about techniques, ingredients and their interactions, the better a baker you’ll be. James Peterson, expert cook and super-expert instructor, whose “comprehensive and comprehensible” cookbooks have guided both pros and home cooks through sauces, soups, shellfish and more for over 15 years, explicates this art in Baking, with 350 recipes for cakes, pastries, cookies, breads, quick breads, custards, curds and mousses, and 1,500 step-by-step color photographs that illustrate the most important parts of every technique and recipe included. As you learn the principles used in Peterson’s classic recipes, you’ll build a firm foundation that can be used in a wide range of baking projects and that will get you those gratifying oohs and aahs. His tricks of the trade and troubleshooting tips, added in notes and sidebars, are the icing on the cake. Peterson is as reassuring as he is inspiring, like having a patient friend at your side teaching you to think like a baker.

Going local with Lidia

There’s no shortage of Italian cookbooks; they multiply as fast as zucchinis in midsummer. I usually greet the arrival of a new one with a somewhat jaded, ho-hum attitude—but not when it’s written by Lidia Bastianich, celebrated chef, co-owner of five restaurants and author of five previous cookbooks, four accompanied by nationally syndicated public television series. Lidia knows her stuff and, with her unique warmth, cooking savvy and enthusiasm, knows how to share it. Her newest (just in time for your holiday gift list), Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy, is an exploration and celebration of regional cooking from 12 of the lesser-known parts of Italy: Chicken in Beer from Trentino-Alto Adige; creamy Risotto with Gorgonzola from Lombardy; Veal Chops with Fontina from Valle d’Aosta; Tuna Genova-Style from Liguria; Tagliatelle with Walnut Pesto from Emilia-Romagna; Rabbit with Onions from Le Marche; Lentil Crostini from Umbria; Crespelle with Spinach from Abruzzo; Fish Soup with Vegetables from Molise; Baccalà Lucana-Style from Basilicata; Spicy Calamari from Calabria; Semolina Pudding with Blueberry Sauce from Sardinia; and 163 more recipes that reflect a deep respect for food and “the harmony of elements that result in a harmony of taste.” Brava Lidia! You’ve done it again.

Cookbook of the month

It’s big (over 1,000 pages), it has more than 1,400 recipes, it’s been a best-selling cookbook in France for three generations and here, wrapped in a bright pink jacket and weighing in at more than five pounds, is I Know How to Cook, the first English translation of Ginette Mathiot’s “cookery bible,” Je Sais Cuisiner, originally published in 1932. (We could say it’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking for the French, and I’m sure Julia wouldn’t object.) Mathiot wanted to give her readers a “simple book of family food,” organized on sound cooking principles—including both traditional and “modern” dishes from many regions of France—that would save time and money for the home cook. Updated and revised in many editions, it’s been adapted for us by French food writer Clotilde Dusoulier, the creator of the “clog” (aka cooking blog) Chocolate & Zucchini. With 15 chapters covering everything from Aïoli to Zephyr Veal Scallops, making stops for essentials like Moules Marinière and Mousse au Chocolat, this is a refreshingly solid, old-fashioned cookbook, with concise, matter-of-fact directions in paragraph form. Mathiot doesn’t preach about seasonality or togetherness, she just makes this great cuisine wonderfully accessible.

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