I have quite a vast cookbook collection.  And while I love to look at different types of cookbooks, there are only a couple in my collection that I consider works of art.  I consider these books art because the writing is so profound that it makes you think of a croissant as a some sort of mythical wonder.  The photographs are so gorgeous and lifelike that you feel like you could pick the item up of the page and just sink your teeth right into it.  The stories behind the author are so inspirational that they make you feel inspired to fulfill your own dreams.

Bouchon Bakery by Thomas Keller and Sebastien Rouxel literally took my breath away when I first opened it.

Bouchon Bakery ReviewThomas Keller is somewhat of a god when it comes to the restaurant world.  He has won multiple James Beard awards and his restaurant in California, The French Laundry is world-renound.  This is only one of Keller’s famous eateries around the country.  Chef Keller has a philosophy that involves making patrons feel welcome and providing an extraordinary dining experience.

Bouchon Bakery Review

The Bouchon Bakery cookbook begins with a narrative by Thomas Keller describing his time in Paris when he was in his twenties and how he was mesmerized each day by the smell of baking bread coming from the boulangeries that lined the streets.  Just by reading his story, you can almost imagine that you are smelling the aromas that he smelled and you can fully understand his where his inspiration for opening bakeries came from.

Bouchon Bakery Review

This cookbook is filled with recipes ranging in difficulty from simple drop cookies to fancy pastries that take hours and require attention to procedure such as puff pastry.  The book includes chapters full of cookies, cakes, tarts and even a whole chapter dedicated to recipes that use pate a choux.  Many of the recipes are accompanied by step-by-step photos so that even if the recipe seems daunting at first, you have a visual aid to help you through.

Bouchon Bakery Review

The cookies that I shared from you from the Bouchon Bakery Cookbook were these delicious Speculoos Cookies.

Speculoos Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

I am committed to trying Keller’s recipe for pain au chocolat (chocolate croissants) and I can’t wait to have the perfect reason to attempt them. And have I mentioned this book is gorgeous???  Honestly, if you are looking to add a timeless classic that can double as a coffee table book of art to your collection, you need to buy Bouchon Bakery!

Bouchon Bakery Review

*Artisan Publishing provided me with a review copy of Bouchon Bakery, but all opinions are, as always, my own.

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4 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Mar 07, 2013 @ 5:48 pm

    What a beautiful cookbook, it looks like one I need to add to my collection!

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  2. luv what you do
    Mar 07, 2013 @ 9:46 pm

    That cover alone is stunning!
    I am a huge fan of cookbooks too and the better the pictures the more I like to flip trough them repeatedly!

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  3. Elizabeth
    Mar 09, 2013 @ 6:46 pm

    This cookbook is truly a work of art. It is so beautiful!

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