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Flour: A Baker's Collection of Spectacular Recipes [Hardcover]

Joanne Chang , Christie Matheson , Keller + Keller
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Book Description

Oct. 6 2010
Every day 1,500 Bostonians can't resist buying sweet, simple treats such as Homemade Pop-Tarts, from an alumna of Harvard with a degree in economics. From Brioche au Chocolat and Lemon Raspberry Cake to perfect croissants, Flour Bakery-owner Joanne Chang's repertoire of baked goods is deep and satisfying. While at Harvard she discovered that nothing made her happier than baking cookies leading her on a path that eventually resulted in a sticky bun triumph over Bobby Flay on the Food Network's Throwdown . Almost 150 Flour recipes such as Milky Way Tart and Dried Fruit Focaccia are included, plus Joanne's essential baking tips, making this mouthwatering collection an accessible, instant classic cookbook for the home baker.

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It's hard to believe that Flour is Joanne Chang's first book, because the level of mastery, precision and experience in it make it feel like the work of someone who's been showing new bakers the light and the way for a very long time. --NPR, Ten Best Books of 2010

About the Author

Joanne Chang is the chef-owner of Flour Bakery in Boston. She has a degree in applied mathematics and economics from Harvard University and was a pastry chef at Payard Patisserie and Mistral. She lives in Boston.

Christie Matheson is the author or co-author of several books, including Salty Sweets. She lives in Boston and San Francisco.

Keller + Keller are Boston-based food and lifestyle photographers.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Baking Book Period Feb. 10 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
When I first got this book, I drooled over all the pictures and recipes. Once I started baking it only got better, everything I have made has been absolutely amazing. The yellow birthday cake with chocolate ganache frosting blew me away, seriously the best cake I have ever tasted. I can't reccoment this book enough every recipe is a crowd pleaser.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting bakery book with short stories May 6 2011
When I first got this book I was a little bit disappointed as there were not much pictures and demonstrations like my other Bakery Handbooks. Later the more I read it the more I like it. I enjoyed reading every recipe as it has an interesting short story at the beginning. Even I am an experience baker; I could still get something new from the book that I have never noticed before. Because of Joanne's generosity sharing FLOUR Recipes with readers, I could make and test those goodies from Toronto instead of driving to Boston. I highly recommended this book to my family and friends.

Wishing Joanne has a great success in her next book and don't forget to add more pictures to it.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book - Flour Oct. 24 2012
By E. Thomas TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This truly is a bakery book. From scones, brioche to cakes with butter cream icing, croissants, home made pop tarts and oreos...cookies, etc. The recipes are delicious and impressive. Some are very simple, while others may take a few days with dough rising and such. It's more time consuming, but not too difficult to do. Instructions are clear and easy to understand. Many nice photos. I can't find any recipe in this book that I don't want to make. I have made several of the cakes and have impressed my dinner guests. The carrot cake comes out perfectly, with a flat surface that is easy to ice. The Fluffy Chocolate Icing, Yum....will be using that on other cakes. The book begins with one chapter of information that is very helpful. After that, it's ALL recipes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless! Aug. 9 2011
This book is a collection of recipes from the Flour Bakery which first opened in Boston (MA) back in 2000. The drool worthy photographs help to create a whimsical, almost retro feel to the book that takes nothing away from the professional quality of the recipes. Each page is full of Joanne Chang's passion for baking and her continued fascination with the transformations that take place when you combine simple ingredients like flour, sugar, eggs and butter. It is written in a casual manner, full of personal memories and anecdotes that will put even the most inexperienced baker at ease while preparing pâte feuilletée for the first time. Helpful baking tips are written in a clear, descriptive manner making intimidating techniques relatable for bakers of all levels. Lists of fundamental baking equipment and pantry essentials are also included, and ingredient amounts for recipes are given in both volume and weight measurements.

The cookbook market has always been inundated with baking books. So what makes Flour stand out from the herd? Clearly written recipes that produce successful results and include a variety of treats that range from a simple peanut butter cookie to more high-falutin' creations such as Hazelnut-Almond Dacquoise. I dare you to open this book and instantly not want to make everything. In fact, I double dog dare you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Un must dans une cuisine Oct. 30 2011
By Annie
Ce livre est très bien présenté. Les images sont alléchantes (j'en aurais pris plus encore), les recettes sont bien expliquées et pas trop complexes à réaliser. J'ai testé plusieurs recettes (biscuits oreo, whippet, tarte truffé au chocolat, muffins rhubarbes et framboises, tarte à la citrouille, etc.) et elles ont toutes été appréciées. Il est intéressant de lire l'histoire de Johane Chang au début du livre. Je me promet d'aller un jour au flour pour goûter leurs spécialités mais pour l'instant, je les cuisine.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great recipes Jan. 21 2014
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I really like the way Joanne provides some of the background behind some of the recipes and so far, every recipe I've tried has been delicious.
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