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Pastry: Savory and Sweet [Hardcover]

Michel Roux
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Jan. 28 2009
From master chef Michel Roux, a gorgeous, full-color cookbook that demystifies the art of pastry making

For many home cooks, making pie and pastry can be intimidating. Now, in his exciting new cookbook, Michelin three-star chef Michel Roux shows how easy it is to prepare pastry at home just like a professional. All types of dough are covered--short crust, brioche, puff pastry, croissant, and more. Roux provides detailed, step-by-step techniques, all illustrated with stunning color photographs. He also presents a range of classic and contemporary recipes—100 in all — with mouthwatering photographs of almost every one. Showstopping sweets include Sweet Pumpkin Tart with Toasted Almonds, Chocolate and Raspberry Tart, and Apple Turnovers. For something savory, there are Onion and Bacon Mini Pizzas, Phyllo Croustades with Seared Tuna, and Herbed Monkfish in a Puff Pastry Crust. For home cooks who want a new bible on the subject of making pie and pastry at home, this book is the answer.

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About the Author

Michel Roux has held three Michelin stars for 23 years at his renowned restaurant, The Waterside Inn, in Bray, England. Trained in the classic French style, he is the author of many cookbooks, including Sauces and Eggs.

Martin Brigdale is a celebrated food photographer whose work has appeared in numerous books, including Eggs and Michel Roux's Finest Deserts.

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5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!!! Aug. 16 2009
This book is beautifully done with large glossy photos and easy-to-follow instructions. I have tried several recipes and am delighted especially with my Croissants that took 10 hours to complete but are worth repeating. Masterchef Michel Roux has done an excellent job imparting his culinary wisdom onto the likes of an ordinary Domestic Goddess such as myself. This book is a definate must-have for every cook's essential library in the kitchen!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious June 27 2009
I was researching a trip to England and came across Michel's restuarant. After reading the menu and seeing the book on amazon, I had to get it. It is lovely - full of wonderful sweet and savoury goodies. There are a number of pastry alternatives and some of the fillings are delicious. He has several other books that are hard to find but will be searching while in England.
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5.0 out of 5 stars QUALITY WORTHY OF A MASTER May 5 2009
By C. Terzis - Published on Amazon.com
Yet another excellent book by the never aging master. PASTRY is all one would expect from a pastry chef of Michel Roux's calibre. High quality paper and photos, excellent recipes, imaginative combinations, modern decorations and clear instructions.
There are photos of all basic procedures and of most of the products.
The European edition that I have has Metric measurements and the American edition has both volume (cups and spoons) and Metric.

The book is divided by sections according to the pastry used in each preparation. It starts with a 'pastry techniques' section and the chapters are:
Shortcrust pastries
Enriched sweet pastries (pate sucree, pate sablee)
Puff pastry
Raised pie pastry
Brioche dough
Croissant dough
Choux pastry
Pizza dough
Filo pastry
Every chapter starts with the method of preparing the starring pastry and goes on with the assembled products.
I have to note here that rarely can one find in books instructions(especially with photos) on how to make filo by hand.

The shortcrust/flan pastry section starts with savory products before moving on to sweet preparations. The selection of recipes is delectable and my personal favorites are: Asparagus and red pepper flan, semi confit cherry tomato tart, croustade of seasonal vegetables, lightly curried seafood flan and the cherry clafoutis. In this section you get also filled pastries like cornish pastries and beef and cheese empanadas.

The enriched sweet pastries chapter has an excellent recipe for sablee pastry and biscuits with a buttery, melt in the mouth quality.In this section is Mr Roux's Lemon tart (baked), that has been my favourite ever since I first made and tasted it as a student in Pastry school in the early nineties. Also present is the famous Chocolate and Raspberry tart, a heavenly combination that has to be tasted to be believed. The Cheesecake and the Sables with blueberry mousse also stand out.

The Puff pastry section like the Shortcrust one has many savory recipes from which I single out the Herbed monkfish in puff crust, rhe Sole and wild mushroom bouches, Chicken pies and the Beef and ale pies. From the sweet ones I like the classics, Pithiviers and tart Tatin.

I have no favorite recipes from the raised pie section.I like them all! All preparations are meals unto themselves, keep for long periods if refrigerated and take kindly to transportation, so they are ideal for picnics. Forget Spam and corned beef for a while and try making your own Pork pies and Chicken with chicken liver pate.

The Brioche section includes plain and filled brioche dough with both savory and sweet preparations. I like the fillet of beef in a pastry crust, the Brioches polonaises and the Baba au Rhum.

Michel Roux's croissant recipe is very delicate so when preparing it make sure that your room temperature and your workbench are cool. The preparations are the classics so try your hand at your own homemade pain au chocolat and danish pastries.

The Choux pastry chapter has a variety of classic and modern products. I like the roasted peaches on choux crowns and the mushroom filled gougeres.

The pizza section has some classics including pizza margherita and Calzone. This is not really the definitive book on pizzas but the selection is good.

Finally, the filo section includes the refreshing Filo croustades with figs, almonds and fromage blanc, apple strudel, baklava and the vegetable and goat cheese flan.

The final chapter has the basics like syrups and custards.

Michel Roux's book lives up to its title and the fame of its author. It is better than Catherine Atkinson's book with the same title and Eric Kaizer's book on tarts that deals more or less with the same subject.
And at this low price this hardcover book is a bargain.
48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seems like the perfect book at first sight but... Aug. 30 2009
By Jackie - Published on Amazon.com
When I first got this book I was in love, the recipes I tried were amazing, the illustrations mouth-watering, the step-by-step instructions almost fool-proof! And for the most part I still agree with what the other commentators wrote but unfortunately over time I found some mistakes here and there, some smaller, some larger, that disappoint me. How does the weight for the "pate sablee" add up to 650 gr? I mixed it, weighed it and it weighed 580 gr, which is in perfect accordance to the total weight of all the ingredients when you add them up on paper. The biggest disappointment is the orange cheesecake that looked so incredibly enticing in the photo and is, according to M. Roux, the best cheesecake he'd ever tasted: the amounts given for the filling don't add up - I ended up with so much filling that I could actually fill two molds. Moreover, the juice of four oranges equals a whole cup of juice, which is far too much for a cheesecake, and in the end the product tasted plain awful.
That said, most other recipes I tried have been delicious, the strawberry tart, apple tart, puff pastry, choux pastry. I would still highly recommend it to anyone as it's a wonderful book to learn from but unfortunately, it's not the flawless book that Michel Roux claims it is...
36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive pastry book with great organization March 13 2009
By Michael Friedberg - Published on Amazon.com
This is a really wonderful book. Michel Roux is a legend, of course, and in this book he is so generous with his knowledge of pastry. I love the organization. he shows you in step-by-step photos how to make just about every pastry imaginable, from tart dough and pie dough (a few different kinds of each, to croissant dough, brioche dough, pizza dough and puff pastry (I personally would rather buy this...takes too long to make). Then after showing you the technique for a specific dough type, you get recipe after recipe of delicious looking dishes, sweet and savory alike. And the photography is plentiful and gorgeous. If there isn't a picture of every recipe, then just about. I can't wait to start cooking from this book.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book - Great Pastry April 30 2009
By Paul B. Walker - Published on Amazon.com
Already tried several of the recipes in this great book, fantastic. Had good comments from many people on the quality of the pastry .Easy to follow, well illustrated , cant go wrong. Makes producing fine pastry a breeze. Looking forward to producing more great recipes. Also want to recommend the Roux Brothers book on Patisserie which is equally as good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No processor? You can still make excellent pastry with Michel Roux Aug. 23 2009
By Marg - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the most detailed book on making pastry that I have seen and will have you making pastry like a pro - even without a food processor. Michel Roux makes all his pastry by hand and will show you how you can do it too. The recipes are delicious and most are uncomplicated.
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