Friday, August 14, 2015

Review: A Jewish Baker's Pastry Secrets by:George Greenstein

About the Book:
This follow-up to the author's James Beard award-winning Secrets of a Jewish Bakeris a charming collection of European-style bakery classics, such as coffee cake and strudel. 

George Greenstein had a gift for teaching home bakers to think, work, and bake like the pros with his evocative and tactile descriptions of baking. In A Jewish Baker’s Pastry Secrets, he crafts master dough recipes for Jewish holiday baking and European classics, creating a comprehensive set of building blocks for both beginners and baking enthusiasts. Greenstein’s expert guidance for making doughs like bundt, babka, strudel, gugelhopf, stollen, pressburger, puff pastry, and Danish create a jumping-off point for more than 200 variations of classic pastries, including napoleons, coffee cakes, and sweet buns. The book also offers an in-depth guide to ingredients and equipment, including both professional and home ovens, as well as basic recipes for fillings, icings, and glazes. With Greenstein’s steady guidance and familiar voice, home bakers and professionals alike will be encouraged to turn out flawless pastry creations for any occasion.

My Review:
 I love baking! It is my favorite hobby! I can't get enough of it. My family doesn't get it and that is fine by me. I love doing it for them and I have yet to meet a recipe I can't accomplish. I have dreamed of the day that I could open my very own bakery but God had different plans for me, apparently. George Greenstein is a baking icon. He likes to teach us the science behind baking and I really enjoy learning from him.

 This latest book of his is no different. He informs you of all the things you will need and what materials, gizmos, and gadgets that work best for this type of baking. He is an artisan and he can teach you how to be one too! He will teach you some of the easier recipes along with the most difficult, delectable pastries. He is truly an artist! For those of us that like pictures, this cookbook is a bit different--it doesn't contain pictures.

 George Greenstein passed away in 2012 but his work leaves on in his recipes!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Blogging for Books.