Gateau: The Surprising Simplicity of French Cakes

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Scribner Book Company
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7.65 X 9.23 X 1.23 inches | 2.31 pounds

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About the Author
Aleksandra Crapanzano is a James Beard-winning writer and dessert columnist for The Wall Street Journal. She is the author of The London Cookbook and Eat. Cook. LA., and her work has been widely anthologized, most notably in Best American Food Writing. She has been a frequent contributor to Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Food52, Saveur, Town & Country, Elle, The Daily Beast, Departures, Travel + Leisure, and The New York Times Magazine. She has years of experience in the film world, consults in the food space, and serves on several boards with a focus on sustainability. Aleksandra grew up in New York and Paris, received her BA from Harvard and her MFA from NYU, where she has also taught writing. She is married to the writer John Burnham Schwartz, and they live in New York with their son, Garrick, and Bouvier des Flandres, Griffin.
"Offers up over 150 French cake recipes, from savory to sweet, each one eminently do-able...wherever you are. Aleksandra really understands French home baking." --David Lebovitz

"If, like me, you get a little giddy around French cakes, take a look at Gateau. My copy has so many stick notes that I can barely close it." --Melissa Clark

"Channel your inner Parisian and serve simple, yet stylish cakes with these tips." --Martha Stewart

"Delightfully charming . . . featuring beguiling illustrations . . . [the cakes are] unfussy and easy to throw together, and as delicious as promised." --The Washington Post

"Goes beyond recipes to make a bigger argument about how ease and simplicity define French baking culture." --The Atlantic

"A smart, charming new book on French cakes... Got an urge to bake and simultaneously submerge yourself in French culture? Gateau will enchant you." --The Boston Globe

"Crapanzano has the secret to confidently, casually chucking a cake in the oven while you pour yourself another glass of wine and get back to the table... In Gâteau, she shares her Rolodex of fantastic French cakes that you won't spend three days psyching yourself out over." --GOOP

"While the recipes are serious and many, the mood is every bit as playful and enchanting as the Paris afternoon of your frilliest fantasies." --Fodors

"Want to make stunning French pastries at home with little fuss?... Flip through whimsical illustrations and charming anecdotes, and learn how to make a simple gâteux sing."--Epicurious

"Aleksandra nails what's so inimitable about the French and how they just casually throw together a showstopper." --Edible LA

"Shares the secrets to culinary savoir faire in charmingly illustrated pages... streamlined recipes rooted in classic techniques serve as blueprints for myriad variations based on the season or what's in the cupboard." --Atlanta Journal Constitution

"Charming... endlessly adaptable." --Jenny Rosenstrach, Cup of Jo

"Her fabulous recipes will have you wooing your friends with a whole range of sweet delicacies." --Nancy Silverton, chef and co-owner of Mozza Restaurant Group

"Chic, charming, and delectable... Everything about it--delicious writing, lyrical illustrations, and the recipes for cakes simple and seductive--conspires to bring joy. Gâteau is enchanting." --Dorie Greenspan, author of Baking with Dorie

"An utterly delightful compendium of simple French bakes."--Garden & Gun