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Professional Baking

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  805 ratings  ·  24 reviews
One of the most respected cookbooks in the industry, the 2002 IACP Cookbook Award Winner for Best Technical/Reference, Professional Baking brings aspiring pastry chefs and serious home bakers the combined talent of Wayne Gisslen and the prizewinning Le Corden Bleu in one volume. The revised Fourth Edition offers complete instruction in every facet of the bakers craft, offe ...more
Hardcover, Fourth Edition, 701 pages
Published April 6th 2004 by John Wiley & Sons (first published February 4th 1985)
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Jun 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: bakers
Shelves: kitchenxplosion
If you're into baking at all this is essential reading. One of the textbooks used at Le Cordon Bleu, this excellent instructional book goes into exhaustive detail about different flours, leavening agents, every style of bread, pastry, cakes and even custards. You probably won't have need for another baking book once you get this, because Wayne Gisslen's Professional Baking is as comprehensive as it gets.
Sep 25, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All bakers.
Recommended to Ginnie by: My chef
The worst problem with this textbook is how much you have to flip around to find the complete technique to the formulas. Rather impractical when in the middle of tempering chocolate or making an Italian Meuringue.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbook, non-fiction
Excellent Reference Book
Yen Can Nguyen Hai
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
(+) Classic. Informative. Suitable for beginner bakers.
(-) Lacking images.
Anyway, this is one of the best baking books I've read so far.
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking, reference
I'm not a culinary or pastry student by any means, but I wanted to learn more about baking and I thought it best to find a copy of an actual textbook used in cooking schools. This one I've found is very informative, concise, and well-written. I've come across some terrible textbooks in my time at university and at school, and I was very pleased to find that this isn't one of them.

It covers a wide berth, as appropriate for a culinary textbook, and will serve as a great reference in my kitchen. I'
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing

This is one of the book I frequently use and read all these years. Its a comprehensive book about the science of baking and it cover all the basic terms and steps in baking pastries, cakes and bread. Although I never actually use this book for the recipes but I find it provide wealth of information that you wouldn't find even in the wikipedia.

The recipes started with the basics to intermediate and professional. Unlike the Professional Cooking where you don't really need the precise measurement
Rick Hunter
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: culinary, i-own
So far, this is the best book that I've read in Culinary School. if you have any interest in baking at all, this book shows you are of the basics. Not only does it show you all of the baking basics of everything from biscuits to creme Brule to pies, it shows you how to make pretty much anything that a batter is used for like doughnuts & crepes. There are also plenty of recipes for fillings & sauces to go along with your baked goods. This one is a must for any Culinary professional. ...more
Jan 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a great book for bakers. The recipes are terrific for the cakes, pies, etc. but our bread was consistently too wet because the recipes call for far too much water. We cut it back by 1/3 and would add as needed to make the proper consistency. That said there are some wonderful and exotic cakes in there that I was lucky enough that my BFF made and put my name on :)
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This text was included in my classes at LCB. I keep it around in part because of the recipes and the notes I took, but it makes a great reference volume, as well. Covers a lot of topics, and has a huge number of recipes.
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cookbooks
Great explanations of techniques, but there is no way in hell I'm going to use emulsified shortening.
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clear instructions, beautiful pictures and fantastic recipes. Best textbook I've used so far. No re-selling this one; it's a keeper, for sure.
Sep 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
great textbook - has a lot of information that I am constantly using for reference. Also, the formulas are really easy to use and variate and i have found some of the best recipes out of this book.
one word to describe this book: bakegasm!
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a wonderful baking book. Excellent recipes. If you are in the field of cooking or baking this is what you will need.
Thanaa Khawaja
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
ممتاز !
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Sous chef recommended I buy this for my classes didn't need it but it came in handy
Good for learning the basic chemistry of baking, but not for everyday use
Oct 06, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kitchen-magic
I'll probably never use anything from this book (my sister bakes, and quite well too!) because I'm too lazy, but paging through it gives me an appetite. :)
michelle c
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
My baking bible!
Aug 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
Reading this for school, I've found that it's very informative. We're using the Fifth Edition, which Goodreads doesn't have listed.
I recommend it for serious bakers out there.
Mar 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
THE textbook.
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Textbook for my pastry class- a good blend of history, terminology, method, and recipes (sorry, formulas).
Super useful!
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