Since 1978, Gayle's Bakery and Rosticceria in the Santa Cruz-area town of Capitola, California, has grown from a humble 800-square-foot shop to one of the largest, most successful fine-quality bakeries in the country. The Village Baker's Wife compiles the all-butter, real-sugar, whole-cream, fine-chocolate desserts and pastries that made Gayle's legendary.
With more than 150 recipes, 130 instructional illustrations, and 25 essays on baking techniques, this is the only cookbook you need to make show-stopping desserts and pastries, such as:
-Lemon Lust Bars
-Ham and Cheese Croissants
-Apple Bear Claw Danish Braid
-Chocolate Truffle Cake
-Hazelnut Twist Cookies
-Garlic Cheese Pretzels
Brimming with anecdotes and insightful baking tips from Gayle and Joe Ortiz (author of The Village Baker) this personal collection will inspire and delight any avid or occasional home baker—the sweeter the tooth, the better.
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Devour delightful deserts in your own domicile
My 1st edition hardback was packed by poorly organised males--and thus I haven't a clue in which box it might hide. I am overjoyed to have an e-copy now, as we moved to a cramped place with no room for (cook)books.
Now living on a different continental plate/"over the hill" from Capitola, I don't get over there often, and there are some treats I miss. I am so vey happy to have these recipes to hand again.
The recipes are easy to follow: ingredients well laid out, instructions clear, results pleasing.
At the time it was published, there was little knowledge of celiac or gluten-free needs: nuts, dairy, sugar load, and fat were pretty much it.
If you find textual errors, I'd blame 10Speed Press, as I have seen too many of their cookbook titles with incredibly prolific ones. It is NOT the fault of the authors.
Now to see if The Village Baker is available!