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The Complete Book of Pastry: Sweet & Savory
An extensive collection of international pastry recipes, with complete instructions for various appetizers, entrees, and desserts, and drawings to illustrate pastry shapes and techniques.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published September 21st 1984 by Touchstone
(first published 1981)
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Dug into the library book sale bag, I read cookbooks like novels, when I looked up the author Bernard Clayton was sorry to hear of his passing. Clayton gives great history and excellent recipes. Each recipe gives a detailed description in stages of how to prepare pastry, what I love is that it also gives the estimated time for each stage. Has a excellent recipe for linzer tart with raspberry filling the addition of a half cup applesauce to the raspberry jam in the filling was a winner. I had can ...more
This book was given to me as a gift, some 25 years ago. At the time, I had my favorite go-to pastry recipe and everything else seemed too complicated. Then, about 5 years ago, I rediscovered this book and really read it. That started me on a journey. He explains the science of pastry in a way that completely demystified the whys and wherefores of the differences in pastry. I already had confidence in my abilities as a baker, so I was able, comfortably, to explore outside my experience & expe ...more
Bernard Clayton Jr., a newspaper reporter whose love for fresh bread inspired him to master the art of baking and write several classic cookbooks on bread and pastry, died on March 28 in Bloomington, Ind. He was 94.