Paris Sweets: Great Desserts from the City's Best Pastry Shops

Paris Sweets: Great Desserts from the City's Best Pastry Shops

The prize-winning author of Baking with Julia (more than 350,000 copies sold), among other cookbook classics, celebrates the sweet life with recipes and lore from Paris's finest patisseries.

Like most lovers of pastry and Paris, Dorie Greenspan has always marveled at the jewel-like creations displayed in bakery windows throughout the City of Light. Now, in a charmingly illustrated tribute to the capital of sweets, Greenspan presents a splendid assortment of recipes from Paris’s foremost pastry chefs in a book that is as transporting to read as it is easy to use.

From classic recipes, some centuries old, to updated innovations, Paris Sweets provides a sumptuous guide to creating cookies, from the fabled madeleine to simple, ultra-buttery sables; tarts, from the famous Tatin, which began its life as an upside-down error, to a delightful strawberry tart embellished with homemade strawberry marshmallows; and a glorious range of cakes–lemon-drenched "weekend cake," fudge cake, and the show-stopping Opera. Paris Sweets brims with assorted temptations that even a novice can prepare, such as coffee éclairs, rum-soaked babas, and meringue puffs. Evocative portraits of the pastry shops and chefs, as well as information on authentic French ingredients, make this a truly comprehensive tour.

An elegant gift for Francophiles, armchair travelers, bakers of all skill levels, and certainly for oneself, Paris Sweets brings home a taste of enchantment.

Title:Paris Sweets: Great Desserts from the City's Best Pastry Shops
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780767906814
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    Paris Sweets: Great Desserts from the City's Best Pastry Shops Reviews

  • Manik Sukoco

    LOVE this book. It is a delight in every other way. The book is partly a travelogue describing the atmosphere and offerings at Paris's most famous patisseries, and her writing is so evocative, and so ...

  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance

    I've read this book, yes, but am I through with this book? Certainly not. I loved reading the stories of the little pastry shops in Paris and the pastry chefs who run them and the delightful desserts ...

  • Kathleen

    I love this cookbook not just for the recipes, but for the glimpses into French culture, which the author so vividly describes, and for the baking tips, which she shares with nuanced detail. My son an...

  • Megan

    my first introduction to lots of things- dorie greenspan's amazing books, financiers, her korova/world peace cookies, etc. for a long time i was on a tart kick, and i ended up making 4 of the ones in ...

  • Viveka

    more than a cookbook- the anecdotes and illustrations that accompany the recipes make the book. the korova cookies are *unbelievable* though and the description of montmartre square will make you want...

  • Deb

    My first Dorie Greenspan cookbook....wonderful book, great recipes. She includes weights for ingredients which is a big plus....

  • Jessica

    I wish this book had pictures! I liked a lot of the recipes and I'm planning to make some eventually, but I like to have pictures to entice me and to get an idea of whether I'm doing it right or not!...

  • Linda

    This is a small book, but big on information. It is a collection of quality, representative recipes from Paris patisseries and bakeries, all made workable for home cooks in American kitchens. Along wi...

  • Deborah

    I took this out of the library over a decade ago and worked my way through some of the delicious recipes; I particularly remember a chocolate torte that was filled with butter and eggs that was so ric...

  • Laura

    Part cookbook, part bakery (and baked good) history, this is a really wonderful book that gives you the information to recreate Paris' best pastries at home. It would also be great if you were plannin...