I am so excited I have had this book on my wish list at The Book Depository the French Culinary Institute has teamed up with Judith Choate to produce a must have text. the description with the book says it all "An indispensable addition to any serious home baker's library, "The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Pastry Arts" covers the many skills an aspiring pastry chef must master. Based on the internationally lauded curriculum developed by master patissier Jacques Torres for New York's French Culinary Institute, the book presents chapters on every classic category of confection: tarts, cream puffs, puff pastry, creams and custards, breads and pastries, cakes and petits fours. Its each chapter begins with an overview of the required techniques, followed by dozens of recipes - many the original creations of distinguished FCI graduates. Distilling ten years of trial and error in teaching students, "The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Pastry Arts" is a comprehensive reference with hundreds of colour photographs, a wealth of insider tips and highly detailed information on tools and ingredients - quite simply the most valuable baking book you can own."
The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Pastry Arts won 2010 Best Book for Cooking from a Professional Point of View by the James Beard Foundation and 2010 Cookbook Award by International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP).”
Judith Coate is an American Cooking Celebrity and French Culinary Institute is one of the top American cooking schools so that speaks for itself.
and it is on special from the Book Depository so yay.
The Book Depository is an English website. Prices include postage and they mail the books individually so they come really quickly.