Miette Bakery Cookbook: Recipes from San Francisco's Most Charming Pastry Shop (Hardback)
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Short Description for Miette Bakery Cookbook More than 60 recipes bring the sweet, beloved Miette cakes, cupcakes, macarons, and caramels into the home kitchen.
- Published: 15 August 2011
- Format: Hardback 224 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780811875042 ISBN 10: 0811875040
- Sales rank: 5,779
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Reviews for Miette Bakery Cookbook
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Wonderful baking book marred in its first print run by recipe errors. Wait for the second print run due out in Oct 2011.
The first edition run of the Miette Bakery Cookbook is both brilliant and flawed.
Brilliant because it brings a most wonderful collection of Miette's charming desserts to the home kitchen. In fact, every page harks to the delightful and whimsical spirit of the actual Miette Bakery that has made it so famous. You will want to pore over the pages and delight in it's unique binding of scalloped (!) pages and admire all the desserts presented in Miette's signature style of pastels and gorgeousness.
Unfortunately, the beauty of this book has been failed by some glaring errors. Someone (author? editor? publisher?) has gone and done the unthinkable and made far too many errors in the measurements to make this edition of the book easy to use as it is.
While the book was kind enough to give measurements in both volume and weight, you will be in for a rude shock as many of the ingredient weights don't measure up to the volumes. I was in shock. To scoop or to weigh? Which is the right measurement and what would be the consequence of choosing one over the other in a recipe. Ingredients are pricey, do I want to take the chance?
In fact, so numerous are the errors in some of the recipes that the publisher has published an Errata sheet online which can be accessed via the Chronicle Books website. Handy but not quite what I expected from a baking book from the famous Miette Bakery.
Apparently, a move has been made to rectify this situation with a second print due out in October 2011 but if you're like me and foolishly pre-ordered it then you'll have to make do with the loose piece of A4 paper floating about your book as you bake and adjust for those mistakes manually.
My advice is to wait for the new and corrected edition. It's just not the same having this Errata sheet hanging about the kitchen table.
The book gets five stars for presentation but 2 stars for making me have to consider the purchase of a second copy to make me feel better about someone else's mistake. Final score - 3 stars until they sort this out and I can somehow rationalise having to go out and get another copy to ease my disappointment.
Review Update: If you happen to own the Pre-Oct 2011 (uncorrected) version of this book then put away your scale and bring out your measuring cups. Apparently, most of the errors in the book's recipes lie in the weight measurements. The volume specifications for recipes in this book appear to be correct and many other reviewers on other bookselling sites have cited good results. by CakeAddict