Thursday, January 7, 2010

Enter to Win a Copy of The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Pastry Arts


In December, I had a chance to attend the launch party for the French Culinary Institute's new book The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Pastry Arts. I was lucky to snag a copy and now you can, too...

Let me start by saying this is a GORGEOUS and substantial book. 512 pages! 650 color photographs! The book is based on the pastry arts curriculum at New York’s French Culinary Institute's --a curriculum developed by master pâtissier Jacques Torres. There are chapters focused on each of the classic categories of confection: tarts, cream puffs, puff pastry, creams and custards, breads and pastries, cakes, and petits fours. It's like culinary school in book form. If you're a budding baker, you'll want this as a learning tool. If you're an experienced baker, you'll want this for a reference. I've already used my copy a couple times and it's saved me from screwing up several batches of caramel.

The book retails for $75, but we're giving one away for free. Here's how it's going to work... I've tweeted the link to this post. To enter, retweet the link to your followers and post a comment here with the link to your tweet. You can enter as many times as you'd like, but you have to post a separate comment and separate link for each entry. Next Thursday we'll randomly choose the winner and the friendly folks at Abrams will ship a copy to you (we have to limit this to the 50 states, sorry international readers!).

To whet your appetite for this book, take a peek at Abrams' site. Where you can download the recipe for Tarte aux Pommes, the same delicious tart in the photo below, used with FCI and Abrams' permission.


Or you can check out their recipe for eclairs here. But come on, you know you want the book, so get tweeting!

26 comments:

talida said...

Happy New Year ladies! That's a great book for any baker's collection :)

talida said...

Oops, I was supposed to leave a link: http://twitter.com/talida/statuses/7480015258

Amy Blogs Chow said...

Good morning! It would never naturally occur to me to pick up a book of techniques to teach myself. Thank you for sharing the news about this very pretty book! http://twitter.com/amyblogschow/status/7480081365

Poojies said...

I want!!!! Love your blog :)

Jennywenny said...

Oooh, looks very pretty, I've just been considering plated pretty desserts, a perfect addition to my collection. I tweeted @jennywennycakes!

apples and cheese, please said...

oh boy, i would be in pure heaven if i able to win this book! i tweeted @amy_strauss! :)

K said...

I can't figure out how to post a RT link... sorry! But you can see it at http://twitter.com/Kay819

The book sounds fantastic! Thanks for having this giveaway!

JacquieLH said...

http://twitter.com/JacquieLH/status/7482870697

Tweeted about there! :) Can't figure out how to post a link to my RT when I use the "Retweet" function so I just wrote it out :)

M. V. said...

Awesome!!! I've been looking into picking this up...

http://twitter.com/mvldz

Sara Tea said...

This book looks incredible!
http://twitter.com/sara_tea

Koza said...

I love baking and so look forward to trying out the creations in the this book! Thanks for the contest!

http://twitter.com/AngelxZ/status/7488709693

NYChar said...

I RTed and would love to see all the deliciousness in the book! http://twitter.com/nychar

Lindsey said...

This book has verified the existence of love at first sight!

http://twitter.com/lmarginian/status/7511528902

christina said...

need to have this book! thanks for the chance! (sorry,can't fig out how to link to a single tweet)
http://twitter.com/seerodrigzread

Portia Formento said...

this books looks fantastic! a friend mentioned this blog to me back in august, and i've been reading every post since - it's amazing!
i hope i win :)
http://twitter.com/Little_Scarlet/status/7529036985

~http://littlescarlet.blogspot.com

Melissa Z. said...

Ahhh, more sweets..just what I need in my life!

http://twitter.com/SpatulaQueen/status/7533764326

S-luv said...

Oooh! This book looks marvelous! Would love to learn some professional techniques and excellent recipes!

http://twitter.com/BamolaMmm/status/7540122919

lil_apple said...

just called into FCI admissions today - this book would totally come in handy :)

http://twitter.com/lil_apple

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Koza said...

I so hope I win this book! I love this stuff and want to hone my baking skills!

http://twitter.com/AngelxZ/status/7574644276

spectaclealamaison said...

boohoo, I can't enter since i'm from europe.. but I'll put it on my wishlist.. I recently saw a documentary about the M.O.F. , oh my :)

Koza said...

Hoping to win this wonderful book!

http://twitter.com/AngelxZ/status/7655271769

Koza said...

(^___^) I so want this book!!

http://twitter.com/AngelxZ/status/7694987462

Martha @ Cherryspoon said...

OOOOOh I want this book!

http://twitter.com/cherryspoon/status/7729745766

Thanks guys!!!

Lollie said...

I'd love to build up my baking skills, and also my cookbook collection! Thanks!

http://twitter.com/lollie15378

(sorry if this posted more than once...silly technical difficulties..)

http://twitter.com/lollie15378

Koza said...

Please, please please!! Haha. I really would like to own this book! (^__^)v

http://twitter.com/AngelxZ/status/7735547217

S-luv said...

Here's to a last minute entry!

When trying to get the link to my tweet it sent me back to your original tweet. Shows I am listed though as retweeting!

http://twitter.com/BlondieBrownie/status/7729575903