COOKING & FOOD

Pastry Love: A Baker’s Journal of Favorite Recipes

Houghton Harcourt. Nov. 2019. 464p. photos. ISBN 9780544836488. $40; ebk. ISBN 9780544836747. COOKING
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Chang (Flour) has written a new cookbook that features recipes popular in her bakery and new ones more suitable for other occasions. In the introduction, Chang details her journey into becoming a pastry chef and bakery owner. She provides tips and information about baking techniques and ingredients best suited for the recipes; one of these recommendations is not to use salted butter. The book is divided into eight chapters, covering breakfast items, breads, cookies and bars, pies, cakes, and more, as well as a chapter on pastries and fillings essential to baking many of these recipes. Recipes featured include lemon sugar cookies, Irish soda bread, a variation on the famous sticky buns with apple cider, and fresh peach crostatas. Chang has also included several vegan or gluten-free recipes that are as dazzling as the rest.
VERDICT An excellent volume of recipes that will work for bakers at any level.

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