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  1. Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes
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  2. Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes

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How do you catch lightning in a measuring cup?

Dominique Ansel is the creator of the Cronut™, the croissant-doughnut hybrid that has taken the world by storm. But he’s no one-hit wonder. Classically trained in Paris, responsible for a four-star kitchen in New York, and now the proprietor of New York’s highest rated bakery, Ansel has become a modern-day Willy Wonka: the creator of wildly creative, extraordinarily delicious, and unbelievably popular desserts.

Now, in his hotly anticipated debut cookbook, Ansel shares the secret to transforming the most humble ingredients into the most extraordinary, tempting, and satisfying pastries imaginable. Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes reveals the stories and recipes behind his most sought-after creations and teaches lovers of dessert everywhere how to make magic in their own kitchens.

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Dominique Ansel
Kindle Edition
Kindle eBook
Simon & Schuster
Simon & Schuster
Simon & Schuster
Simon & Schuster
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This is a beautiful book that tells you a bit about the background and personal philosophy of Dominique Ansel, then shares just 31 recipes, including ones for the Cronut(TM) and Kouign Amann.

The book opens with a foreword by Daniel Boulud, a brief introduction, then there are seven short essays on Dominique's approach to pastry and his journey up until now:
1. Time is an Ingredient
2. Beyond the Comfort Zone
3. Don't Listen
4. What's in a Name
5. Create and Re-Create
6. Everything but the Flavor
7. Never Run Out of Ideas.

I've always felt a little bit badly about not liking madeleines, but in the first "chapter", Ansel explains why I find them dry and not that exciting. It's so nice to know that madeleines truly are meant to be eaten fresh, within five minutes from the oven. Now I have a reason to try baking them myself!

In chapter 7, Ansel discusses why he decided to make the lime tart customizable for the customer,... Read more
Awesome book. I wish he had more secrets. The At-Home Cronut Pastry is amazing. The instructions are easy to understand and execute. Final products are delicious. Thank you Chef Dominique for sharing your secrets.
As a recipe book, this is not the most comprehensive OR the best one out there. I suggest looking at bigger anthologies or better collections. HOWEVER, if you're an advanced baker who is looking for a little inspiration or want to understand the mind behind some of the most celebrated pastries, this book is it. The essays are beautifully written and the few recipes included are VERY time consuming but so worth it!! I made the croissants (a whole 5 day adventure) and they were glorious. Really not for the average home cook, though. You will enjoy it very much if you're looking for a worthwhile read - not so much if you're looking for a book on how to bake anything and everything in your home.

The book itself is beautiful as well - the photographs are on-point.
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