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Here is a "Must Have" hard cover cookbook for those of you who bake titled... The Pie and Pastry Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum.
This hard cover cookbook with dust jacket is in good used condition with minimal wear to the dust jacket and covers from use and re-shelving. INSIDE the pages are at least 98% free of any marks, stains or writing.
With more than 200 recipes, 150 illustrated techniques, and 32 pages of photos of finished pies and pastries depicted in color, this complete and practical book can be a magic wand for making the pies and pastries that cooks dream of.
The Pie and Pastry Bible begins with the crust. The author confesses right up front that 21 years ago, when she first began her quest for the perfect crust, "it was a complete mystery to me." She wasn't looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but something she could consistently turn out at a moment's notice. The ideal pie crust, she writes, "has light, flaky layers, but also ... is tender, and nicely browned, with a flavor good enough to eat by itself."
In a book that stretches to about 700 pages long, her favorite pie crust is the first recipe: Perfect Flaky and Tender Cream Cheese Pie Crust. Typically, Beranbaum lists the ingredients by measure and weight for three separate sizes of pies, then gives instructions for the food processor or by hand.
After 70 pages of pie crusts, tart crusts, and crumb pie crusts of every imaginable make and combination, Beranbaum starts with fruit pies. Her first (of many) detailed charts shows exactly what her ratios are of fruit to sugar to cornstarch. Then each recipe (start with The Best All American Apple Pie) includes pointers for success as well as several variations on the theme. Under the headline "Understanding," Beranbaum goes that extra mile by taking the trouble to explain just why something works the way it does.
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