The Complete Guide to Baking gives readers all the technical know-how required to become an expert in the art of baking. Each of the recipes feature a full-colour cross-section illustration, step-by-step photography and a hero image to both inspire the reader and demystify the intricacies of baking bread and other classics.
The Complete Guide to Baking includes everything, from the fundamentals you need to know (types of flours and starters; stages of fermentation; basic doughs and fillings) through to recipes for breads (baguettes, sourdoughs, speciality breads, flavoured breads, oil breads and milk breads), Viennese pastries (croissants, pains au chocolat, apple tarts) gâteaux (flan pâtissier, pistachio and apricot tart, spice bread), brioches (Parisian, praline, plaited, layered and cakes) and biscuits (sables, madeleines, almond tuiles). A comprehensive illustrated glossary includes tips for working with doughs and their key ingredients, as well as essential utensils. This is the third book in the stunning and hugely successful cooking series that includes Patisserie and The Ultimate Cook's Manual.
Originally from Mayenne, Rodolphe Landemaine completed apprenticeships for his two professions of baker and pastry chef with Les Compagnons du Devoir et du Tour de France. To perfect his knowledge, he then joined the teams of renowned restaurants – Ladurée in Paris, working alongside Pierre Hermé; Paul Bocuse in Lyon; the Parisian gourmet restaurant Lucas Carton; and even the Bristol Hotel in Paris. In 2007, he and his wife Yoshimi opened the first of their Maison Landemaine bakeries, in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, before expanding into the other quarters of the capital. Today they have twelve bakeries in Paris, as well as a bakery and baker training school in Japan.