My dearest friends and family know how much I adore all cookbooks, but those I love the most are the ones that delve deep into the science of cooking and baking. Which is why I was so pleased to receive a copy of Sherry Yard’s The Secrets of Baking: Simple Techniques for Sophisticated Desserts!
Yard is the executive pastry chef at the famous Spago, so she obviously knows what she’s talking about… but what appeals to me the most about this book is how instead of the usual “Cakes, Cookies, etc.” chapters, she’s created her chapters based on 12 “Master Recipes”. For example, one of these is Pate a Choux- once you’ve mastered it (and it’s actually very simple), you’ve opened up a world of possibilities, from eclairs to profiteroles to gougeres.
I’ve already made several of the Master Recipes, including her Ganache (perfect) and Genoise (needed some work- but come on, it’s Genoise after all!) A cookbook I love. Available at Amazon for $23.73 »