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Miette: Recipes from San Francisco's Most Charming Pastry Shop Hardcover – Jun 8 2011

3.6 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (June 8 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811875040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811875042
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #143,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Product Description

About the Author

Meg Ray is chef and owner of Miette and Miette Confiserie. She lives in Oakland, California.

Leslie Jonath is the author of several cookbooks, crafting, and children's books. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.


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Format: Hardcover
As almost everyone has pointed out - this book contains plenty of errors... this in my opinion makes a book pretty useless for baking as nothing will turn out as it should. Before trying any recipes, I decided to search on amazon.com as there are generally more reviews on that site and found that everyone who purchase the erroneous copy will be receiving a corrected copy. Well, I got mine as a gift, took 6 weeks to receive and I got a little card with the correction sheet (still plenty of mistakes).

This was clearly very disappointing as an updated copy should have been released in October (and mine came October 7th). This morning I decided to call Amazon customer service and had them tell me that the .com and .ca website are two separate website and that the only thing I could do is return the book. I want this book, but corrected! How can amazon justify that shoppers of .com receive a corrected book, while shoppers of .ca just have to deal with it?! To make matters worse, we even pay more on .ca even though our dollar was worth over a year!

First of all, I can't possibly understand how a book can be printed with so many errors but what makes me even more frustrated is that amazon will only take care of its American customers. Very disappointing. I usually love amazon... recommend it to everyone and shop regularly on .com and .ca. My only option now is to return to .ca and repurchase on .com (go to the states to pick up the order) and that is just a pain. I will consider shopping elsewhere if this is the kind of service amazon.ca is going to offer.
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As much as I admire Meg Ray, an entirely self-taught and immensely successful pastry chef and, as enticing as her desserts sound, a baking book containing 18 careless errors turns every recipe into a frustrating guessing game.

Granted, "Miette" is beautiful; scalloped edges and gorgeous photos make it a pleasure to peruse. Ray presents a nice variety of recipes ranging from cakes to cookies to candy to basics (frostings, curds etc). Also refreshing is her use of a small scale; most cakes measure 7 inches and cookie doughs yield a dozen or two.

What a shame that the editors and publishers have done such a disservice to the book. A list of errata is online ([...]) and, hopefully, a second edition of the book will come out mistake-free. Until then, do NOT add 1/4 cup of fleur de sel to the caramels; 1/4 teaspoon will suffice!
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I was happy to purchase this book for a gift and also for myself. Unfortunately, I made a mistake of ordering two copies upon release not knowing that the book is full of error. As another customer had posted - it is a useless baking book. Make sure you don't lose that little card that comes with it (or hope that the customer who graciously posted the errors doesn't remove their post! Thank you so much for sharing that with the community. Greatly appreciated!).

I agree, customers should receive a complimentary copy of a corrected edition. Very unfortuante!
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The recipes do offer something a but different from the ordinary , such as a Hot Milk Cake which I have never heard of until I got this book. The book itself is adorable and I cannot wait to try the recipes!

As far as the errors go I look at it in a positive light, I got a full refund from Amazon and I all had to do was mark the corrections in my book, so the book is free and all is well ,why is everyone complaining?

Update June 17/2012:

So far I have made the cheesecake- which was delicious , the double chocolate cake- which was not my fave as I am not a huge choco fan in general ,and the lemon debutante. The debutante is delicious but is it extremely time consuming and requires above average baking skills. It tasted pretty good ( my cakes were slightly hard , they settled as they cooled for some reason) but everything else was delicious and the flavours really worked well together . Cakes like these need to be done over several days and need practice , I am sure after some time the hot milk cakes will be fluffier and lighter ,besides I realized my kitchen thermometer is garbage and could barely read the correct temp. for boiling water and temp. is essential for this cake and this book. Practice makes perfect , for now I will eat a slightly less than perfect cake that looks nothing like the picture but tastes great! One thing I don't like is that most recipes yield more quantities than required which is a bit annoying , I tried to half or quarter things (creams and curds) but with odd egg quantities it is hard I will ,next time, figure out a slightly larger amount to even out the egg numbers and then cut in half.
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There are some errors in the first edition - luckily I got the revised edition with the correction card.
My Mom bought this book a few months before my wedding in 2012. We had tried a few of the recipes and found them to be delicious (though more effort than most recipes - some of the ingredients aren't common either). For my wedding we used cakes on cute vintage cake stands as our centerpieces. We used the hot milk cake and lemon debutante in addition to other good recipes we had. I would say that the hot milk cake recipe is the best one - I actually used that one for my wedding cake accompanied with a Madagascar vanilla bean cream cheese frosting (under the fondant). Everyone at our wedding was very impressed with the cakes - we still get compliments today!

I also recommend the yellow cupcakes - amazing. The carrot cake recipe is a little dry. Otherwise everything I have made is phenomenal.
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