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What happens when a 56-year-old fiction writer decides to ditch it all and attend professional pastry chef school for a year? In writing that brings to mind the work of journalist/chef Michael Ruhlman, "Butter Cream: A Year in a Montreal Pastry School" tells the story of eleven months of whipping, spreading and creaming in the pursuit of perfection. A chronicle of an inten ...more
Paperback, 251 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Signature Editions
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Dianne
Aug 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
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I found this book very enjoyable. It didn’t make me want to go to pastry school, but it did give me a pretty good idea of what it would be like. I found a lot to interest me in her story, probably because I love baking and I love memoirs, so what's not to like?

I think the most appealing part of the story is that the author is a beginner. She’s been baking all her life, but this is her first experience with “professional” pastry making. As a result, it’s an easy read for everyone. The reader lear
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Jayne
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
Really enjoyed the pastry-specific writing, however, the personal experience came across as overly whiny - it was tiresome by the end (but maybe that was the point). I am excited to delve into some of the recipes!
Michael
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
A very readable and engaging memoir that should be of interest to anyone who loves to bake, as well as anyone who has changed careers in mid-life.
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Denise Roig is the author of two critically received collections of short stories: A Quiet Night and a Perfect End (Nuage Editions), and Any Day Now (Signature Editions), and the memoir Butter Cream A Year in a Montreal Pastry School (Signature Editions). Her new book is Brilliant, a collection of short stories set in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Denise’s first collection wa ...more