Harvard Book Store is thrilled to welcome JOANNE CHANG—James Beard award–winning baker and co-owner of Flour Bakery + Café and Myers + Chang—for a discussion of her latest, acclaimed cookbook, Pastry Love: A Baker’s Journal of Favorite Recipes
James Beard award–winning baker Joanne Chang is best known around the country for her eight acclaimed Flour bakeries in Boston. Chang has published two books based on the offerings at Flour, such as her famous sticky buns, but Pastry Love is her most personal and comprehensive book yet. It includes 125 dessert recipes for many things she could never serve in the setting of a bakery—for example, items that are best served warm or with whipped cream on top. Nothing makes Chang happier than baking and sharing treats with others, and that passion comes through in every recipe, such as Strawberry Slab Pie, Mocha Chip Cookies, and Malted Chocolate Cake. The recipes start off easy such as Lemon Sugar Cookies and build up to showstoppers like Passion Fruit Crepe Cake. The book also includes master lessons and essential techniques for making pastry cream, lemon curd, puff pastry, and more, all of which make this book a must-have for beginners and expert home bakers alike.
“Joanne does more than just share her recipes. She also shares her love for what she does, and that’s what all great bakers and chefs do—they teach you to cook for the soul, not just the palate. First you find love for baking, then you bake.” —Dominique Ansel, Chef/Owner, Dominique Ansel Bakery and Kitchen
“This may be my fave book of Joanne’s YET!!! If there is anyone who understands the magic power of a warm muffin or a flaky, buttery croissant to brighten someone’s day, it’s my girl Joanne Chang. Pastry Love is everything you want in a baking guide. With it open on my kitchen counter, oven heating, mixing bowl ready to get into the mix, I feel exactly as I do when I walk into a Flour Bakery in Boston—welcomed, loved, and right at home.” —Christina Tosi, Chef/Owner, Milk Bar
“Rejoice! At last we have another Joanne Chang book to bake through. From breakfast sweets, breads, and pies to show-off cakes and snacks as irresistible as sticky-bun popcorn, Pastry Love is chockablock with recipes we all want to make, and each is written so clearly that even first-timers can succeed. This book won’t last ten minutes before it’ll be smudged with butter—a true sign of a baker’s love.” —Dorie Greenspan, author of Everyday Dorie and Dorie’s Cookies
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