Tartine Cookbook Review

Tartine Cookbook Review

Title: Tartine: Revised Edition: A Classic Revisited 68 All-New Recipes + 55 Updated Favorites
Author: Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson
Published: October 1, 2019, Chronicle Books
No. of Pages: 328
Cover Price: $40.00 Hardcover, $15.33

Famous bakeries usually have showstopper baked goods that home bakers want to duplicate. Tartine: Revised Edition: A Classic Revisited 68 All-New Recipes + 55 Updated Favorites is a beautiful cookbook written by the bakers at Tartine, one of those bakeries that feature beautiful and delicious baked goods that foodies want to duplicate. Tartine is a popular bakery located in San Francisco.

There is something for everyone in this excellent cookbook. It features basic recipes for puff pastry, croissants, and brioche, and then gives variations using them that are served at the bakery. The most requested recipe, Morning Buns, which are basically orange cinnamon rolls with a croissant base are fabulous. Croissants are a lot of work, but the instructions are clear and good ones are doable, if not time consuming. There are recipes for classic baked goods such as brownies (including some decadent Rocky Road Brownies (Yum!) and English muffins, as well as European specialties such as Canelés, chocolate friands, and gougères (which turn out perfectly and are hard to resist).

This cookbook is for serious home bakers; the recipes don’t take shortcuts, and the results are stunning. Bakers who prefer to bake quick and easy will find a few recipes that fit their agenda, but many of the recipes are labors of love. The photographs are beautiful, and there is a photo for every recipe, which is a bonus and makes it a bit difficult to decide what to bake next. The cookie section is excellent, and most of them are faster than the yeast and dough-based recipes; every one so far has turned out perfectly. The cookbook also features beautiful cakes, pies, and tarts with clear instructions for success.

Anyone who is a serious baker will enjoy this cookbook. It is well-written and includes recipes that people actually want to eat.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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