Author(s): Will Torrent
If you've ever dreamed of being able to conjure up the mouthwatering pastries you've enjoyed in a Parisian cake shop but thought it would be too hard, think again! Will Torrent is a rising star in the pastry world and in this, his first book, he aims to take the fear factor out of French patisserie. With step-by-step photography, a nononsense approach to the key pastry techniques and more than 60 beautifully illustrated recipes, this bible will become an invaluable source of inspiration and a constant reference for all your favourite French-inspired sweet treats. There are chapters on Basic Techniques, Patisserie, Tarts, Petits Fours, Gateaux & Desserts, and Viennoiserie, and you'll find recipes for mocha eclairs, lemon tart, honey madeleines, brioche and macarons.
Will Torrent trained under Heston Blumenthal at the age of 16, won Young Chef of the Year in 2009 and has worked with top chefs such as Brian Turner and Gary Rhodes, as well as for Claridges, The Dorchester, The Lanesborough and The Fat Duck. He has appeared on the BBC's Sweet Baby James with James Martin and Ready Steady Cook. He is a patisserie consultant to Waitrose and he recently collaborated with Waitrose, Heston Blumenthal and Royal Chef Mark Flanagan to create the Diamond Jubilee Picnic Hampers. He has recently been profiled by The Guardian and The Times.