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Landemain, Rodolphe

Boulangerie at Home: Bread, Brioche, and Other Baked Delicacies

Boulangerie at Home: Bread, Brioche, and Other Baked Delicacies

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From the publisher

In this gorgeous bread bible, chef Rodolphe Landemaine simplifies the art of French baking as he teaches home cooks how to create a range of scrumptious French breads, including baguettes, brioche Parisienne, croissants, chestnut bread, petits gateaux, financers, and chouquettes. He provides clear, step-by-step instructions beginning with fundamental ingredients (flour, yeast, sourdough starter), recipes for basic doughs (bread dough, brioche dough, croissant dough), and fillings (pastry cream, almond cream, compote). He then teaches you the techniques such as kneading, fermentation, and shaping that are the heart of French baking.

Landemaine follows these hands-on instructions with sixty recipes. He explains how preparation adds texture and flavor to each recipe, breaks down the techniques involved in its creation, and includes helpful photos for every step, as well as one large full-page photo of the finished bread. Boulangerie at Home also contains a helpful illustrated glossary that provides detailed directions to help you perfect your baking skills, from stocking key utensils to filling and decorating pastries to washes and methods for working with dough. The directions are accompanied by helpful how-to photos.

A sophisticated, comprehensive, and accessible visual cookbook, Boulangerie at Home is your essential guide to making and enjoying mouthwatering French baked goods in your own kitchen.

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From Chef Scott

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"Boulangerie at Home" by Randolphe Landemain is a captivating and mouthwatering journey into the heart of French bread and pastry baking. As a devoted fan of French cuisine and a passionate home baker, I can confidently say that this book is nothing short of a culinary treasure.

Landemain's expertise as a master baker shines brilliantly in this comprehensive guide to recreating the magic of a traditional French boulangerie in the comfort of your own kitchen. From the very first page, his love for the art of bread and pastry-making is palpable, and it's infectious. It's as if he's inviting you into his own bakery, sharing his secrets and tips with warmth and enthusiasm.

What truly distinguishes "Boulangerie at Home" is its approachable yet thorough instructions. Landemain has a remarkable talent for breaking down complex techniques into manageable steps, making the intimidating world of French baking accessible to bakers of all levels. Novices will appreciate the clear explanations, while seasoned bakers will find the book a valuable resource for refining their skills.

The selection of recipes in this book is an absolute delight. From the quintessential baguette and flaky croissants to lesser-known gems like pain d'épi and brioche à tête, Landemain covers a wide range of classic French bread and pastries. Each recipe is accompanied by detailed instructions, helpful tips, and insightful notes, ensuring that you achieve the perfect crust, crumb, and flavor.

The photography in "Boulangerie at Home" is simply breathtaking. The images of golden baguettes, buttery viennoiseries, and rustic country loaves are so tantalizing that they could make even the most disciplined reader rush to the kitchen to start baking. These visuals not only showcase the beauty of French baking but also serve as a source of inspiration.

Landemain's passion for sharing his knowledge and appreciation for traditional French flavors is evident throughout the book. His personal anecdotes and stories about the significance of certain breads and pastries in French culture add depth and a personal touch that make this cookbook truly special.

In conclusion, "Boulangerie at Home" by Randolphe Landemain is a must-have for anyone who dreams of mastering the art of French bread and pastry-making. It's a heartfelt invitation to immerse yourself in the rich traditions of French boulangeries, and Landemain is the perfect guide to lead you on this delectable journey. Whether you're a seasoned baker or a newcomer to the world of bread and pastries, this book will inspire you to roll up your sleeves, dust off your apron, and create a little slice of French baking heaven in your own home. Vive la boulangerie!