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Bouchon Bakery – Cookbook Review

The latest cookbook choice for The Seattle¬†Cooking Club is Thomas Keller Bouchon Bakery. I’ve had this cookbook on my shelf for awhile, so I was excited to dive back into it. But then work happened, and I started traveling a bunch. I got home from a trip just in time for the mid-term “dinner” and I was unable to attend. So I made a few attempts myself and came to the conclusion that as much as I love this cookbook, it’s not an everyday baking cookbook.

 

Thomas Keller – Bouchon Bakery

By Thomas Keller and Sebastien Rouxel
Photos by Deborah Jones

 

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

  • Beautiful photos
  • I wanted to bake everything!
  • Then I decided I didn’t want to bake everything because I didn’t want to gain 20 pounds.
  • Then I realized many of the recipes require special equipment that I don’t have…nor want to purchase.
  • Other than the negatives, the recipes are clear and easy to follow.
  • The book really walks you through the process, and gives lots of amazing tips and tricks.
  • Very detailed and thorough.

 

RECIPES TRIED

  • Chocolate Chunk and Chip Cookies
  • Pumpkin Muffins
  • Better Nutters
  • Shortbread
  • Bacon Cheddar Scones
  • Regualar Scones

 

OTHER REVIEWS

 

THE VERDICT

I am intimidated by most of the recipes in this cookbook. Quite a few of them require special equipment (that I don’t have, nor do I need). I love some of the more basic recipes…but I don’t think I’ll become an expert croissant maker anytime soon. Other than that, the more realistic recipes are absolutely delicious. I have made the chocolate chunk cookies NUMEROUS times, and the Bacon Cheddar Scones are heavenly.

 

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