- Copertina rigida: 260 pagine
- Editore: Houghton Mifflin (T); 1 edizione (5 novembre 2004)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 0471214620
- ISBN-13: 978-0471214625
- Peso di spedizione: 939 g
- Media recensioni: 4.0 su 5 stelle Visualizza tutte le recensioni (2 recensioni clienti)
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 217.077 in Libri in altre lingue (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Libri in altre lingue)
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Cakes To Dream On: A Master Class In Decorating (Inglese) Copertina rigida – 5 nov 2004
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Colette peters, the celebrated queen of the confectionary arts, unveils an inspiring resource for serious home bakers, professional chefs, and a?cionados of Colette's incredible edible architecture. The ingenious cake decorator-whose miraculous and luscious concoctions have appeared everywhere from White House Christmases to royal weddings-presents a master class in cake design and decoration, alongside an all-new selection of her own cake designs. With Cakes to Dream On, Colette's inspired creations can now be rendered into show-stopping cakes of your own.
Cakes to Dream On reveals the secrets to fashioning gorgeous and utterly distinctive cakes for all occasions-whether it's an opulent marriage reception (the majestic Ivory Wedding Cake) or a fanciful children's party (the whimsical Homage to Dr. Seuss). Colette presents designs for cake architecture ranging from the imperial splendor of Dolce de Medici, to the elegant grace of Bride's Vintage Cameo, to the topsy-turvy daydream of Mad Tea Party.
Colette begins with the foundations: she illuminates step by step the process of constructing a multitiered cake, from determining serving sizes and choosing appropriate cake pans to making ?llings, and ultimately stacking layers so they don't tumble off the table. Cakes to Dream On also discloses insider tricks of the trade: Colette's easy-to-follow instructions in techniques such as sugarwork, gumpaste, brush embroidery, and piping will help readers recreate the spectacular effects of this singular confectioner's toolbox.
Bakers-and their enthusiastic audiences-will discover that these sensual masterpieces tantalize the palate as much as they do the eye. Colette's cake recipes include the Coco-Loco Cake, an alluring marriage of coconut and coffee; the Meringue Buttercream and its luscious lemon, raspberry, and mocha variants; and the ambrosial caramel-tinged Heavenly White Cake.
As breathtaking as Colette's cake works appear, her clear explanations of technique are meant to stimulate readers' creative instincts and give them ideas for crafting their own distinctive confections. With more than 150 dazzling full-color photographs illustrating both processes and ?nished presentations, and more detailed instruction than ever before, Cakes to Dream On will inspire readers to create their own mouthwatering masterpieces. Colette's master class is truly a launchpad for cake lovers' own confectionary visions.
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It needs to be said that I am in no way near being a master at cake decorating. In all honesty, I bought Cakes to Dream on: A Master Class because it was beautiful. The cover, the cakes inside, all of it, it's just amazing! My mom was a cake decorator for years, so for this review I asked her opinion on the book.
The instructions: Very easy to follow. The diagrams and drawings are thorough, as they not only tell you what you need to do, they also show you. I learn from seeing much faster than I do from words alone, so the sketches, patterns, and diagrams are a HUGE plus.
Practicality for the average person: For just the average, everyday person?? Not the most practical. These aren't cakes that you would be making for a kids birthday party. Part of what makes this book so amazing IS the fact that you won't see these cakes anywhere else. They are equal parts unique and amazing!! Being hardbound, if you bought the book at a regular store, it would be a bit pricey at $40. Luckily, I got through Amazon for around $25, and I consider that a steal!
The recipes: These are the same recipes used in bakeries with some bonus variations.
The best feature: While the photography is stunning, the cakes brilliantly unique, what sells me the most are the diagrams, sketches, and patterns. They are definitely the biggest selling point.
Even if I had never planned to do any of the cakes out of here, I would still keep the book on my shelf just to show it off!!
Some reviewers said that they felt the instructions weren't comprehensive enough. Well, it's just that the step-by-step technique instructions are only given once -- in the first portion of the book, and they are plenty comprehensive. They just aren't reiterated with each cake. You have to read about the techniques first, and then you get the more detailed information for each cake.
I am in awe of Ms. Peters' prowess -- these cakes really are amazing.
She describes stacking cakes like everyone already knows how to do it, it is like "stack the cakes", "put foam core in between the cakes" but doesn't expand on how to do this especially when you are making the topsy turvy cakes...and the pictures that are there do not help one bit.
I am very disappointed...this book seems more like a magazine of all the cakes that Colette Peters has made to show off with, with a few words and templates on the cake designs. To me, it is a very "lazy" attempt at explaining how to do difficult and detailed work. I thought it was going to be on the level with Julia Childs "Mastering the art of french cooking"...with detailed step by step instructions...but no....not at all.
I am thinking about returning it.... the only redeeming thing about this book are the fun cakes and ideas...but I will have to pretty much figure out how to do things on my own.