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Pastries from La Brea Book

tubaguy63's picture

Pastries from La Brea Book

Does anyone have this book?  Are the formulas in volume or weight?  Is it a good book?



fleur-de-liz's picture

The formulas are in volume.  While it is definitely not a general baking book, there are some excellent recipes.  The Ginger Scones is one that I repeat often.


dolfs's picture

Plug the volume based recipes into my spreadsheet and you will have a decent first approximation of the formula with percentages and weights. Takes just a minute. This is one of the reasons I built it. I was always hesitant about volume based formulas due the the inherent problem in consistently reproducing them. No more.


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tubaguy63's picture

What are some of the must-own pastry books? 

TableBread's picture

I was wondering this too.  I saw this book at  Barnes & Nobles :

I looked through it and it seemed "ok" but nothing overly fabulous.

Does anyone else have any ideas?






buns of steel's picture
buns of steel

The #1 unequivocal must own pastry book is The Professional Pastry Chef, by Bo Friberg.  It is by far the best book for pastry and it is an exceptional teaching type book.  Great value at over 1000 pages. 


It actually has some breads in it too, no use of natural starters though, and his forte is pastry, but the best array of challah braids I've seen.  Great "viennoiserie"


There is also an "Advanced" version of the book, but definitely start with the first one, the Professional Pastry Chef. 


Friberg is from a 5 year pastry apprenticeship in Sweden, and he is a Certified Master Pastry Chef, among other illustrious qualifications.  His book explains things very well, and you can learn classic pastry techniques from it.


The book includes metric weights and ounces