The Pastry Chef's Companion: A Comprehensive Resource Guide for the Baking and Pastry Professional

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The Pastry Chef's Companion: A Comprehensive Resource Guide for the Baking and Pastry Professional

Format:  Paperback,

375 pages

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc

Publish Date: Feb 2008

ISBN-13: 9780470009550

ISBN-10: 0470009551

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With more than 4,800 terms and definitions from around the world plus ten appendices filled with helpful resources, "The Pastry Chef's Companion" combines the best features of a dictionary and an encyclopedia. In addition to the current terminology of every component of pastry, baking, and confectionary arts, this book provides important information about the origin and historical background of many of the terms. Moreover, it offers coverage of flavor trends, industry practices, key success factors, a resources list, illustrations, and phonetic pronunciations.

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Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Publish Date: Feb 2008
ISBN-13: 9780470009550
ISBN-10: 0470009551
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 375
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.35
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 9.0 x 1.0

Chapter outline

How It All Began
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Terminology A-Zp. 1-310
Baking Resources
Important Temperatures Every Pastry Chef and Baker Should Know
Weight and Volume Equivalents for Most Common Ingredients
Sugar Cooking Stages
Conversion Formulas and Equivalents
Seasonal Fruit Availability
The 12 Steps of Baking
Classic and Contemporary Flavor Combinations
What Went Wrong and Why
Specialty Vendors
Professional Development Resources
References

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2008-06-15)

Wiley's two latest baking titles, both written by professional chefs, deserve spots on the reference shelves of bakers everywhere. Professional Baking is a textbook designed to "provide students with a theoretical and practical foundation in baking" and is valuable for both professional and amateur bakers alike. It covers measurements and bake shop math, sanitation, equipment, ingredients, history, large-quantity baking, and mixing and assembling techniques. Since bakers primarily use formulas (lists and quantities of ingredients) rather than recipes, all of the material in this book is presented in the form of procedures and formulas.

Procedures are outlined first; formulas that follow refer to the discussion of the procedure rather than step-by-step instructions. A glossary and index are included. The Pastry Chef's Companion includes 4800 pastry and baking definitions, including their origins and history, along with pronunciation guides for most of the terms. Ten appendixes are included; of particular interest are "Important Temperatures Every Baker Should Know", "Weight and Volume Equivalents for Common Ingredients", and "What Went Wrong and Why". This is recommended for all larger libraries; Professional Baking is recommended for academic libraries and collections that serve culinary students.

-Pauline Baughman, Multnomah Cty. Lib., Portland, OR

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Book description

With more than 4, 800 terms and definitions from around the world plus ten appendices filled with helpful resources, The Pastry Chef's Companion combines the best features of a dictionary and an encyclopedia. In addition to the current terminology of every component of pastry, baking, and confectionary arts, this book provides important information about the origin and historical background of many of the terms. Moreover, it offers coverage of flavor trends, industry practices, key success factors, a resources list, illustrations, and phonetic pronunciations.

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