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My cousin is graduating from High School next week. She is a huge Desert/Pastry freak and is going to culinary school in the fall to follow that dream! I would like to get her a cookbook for a graduation gift but am unsure of which one? I am a huge fan of The French Laundry Cookbook but was not sure if that was the way to go. Any ideas on suggestions would be welcome!

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  1. The Modern Cafe is a very beautiful book that takes one step ahead from the text books she will have to buy for school. But it is geared towards opening your own space with large-scale recipes. Still, I find the book very inspiring. Pastry chef Franisco Migoya also has another book out called Frozen Desserts and is equally amazing.

    I also like books by Pierre Herme.

    What is your cousin's skill level? Does she have a specific area in pastry she wants to focus on?

    1. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home is slightly different than baking, but a fun read (with lovely photos) http://www.amazon.com/Jenis-Splendid-...

      It does have a few errors. I don't know if they're corrected in later editions, but http://www.jenis.com/pages/Forum.html...
      has corrections.

      1. If you search the Home Cooking board, you will find there have been numerous threads about choosing baking books to give as gifts. For someone who is going to culinary school, I would recommend The Professional Pastry Chef by Bo Friberg
        http://www.amazon.com/The-Professiona...

        1. http://www.amazon.com/Tates-Bake-Shop...

          This is the latest cookbook from Tates and if you can get a copy of the first book, even better. But the recipe are easy to follow, new twists on classics and I think would make a lovely cookbook gift for a graduating student who loves to bake. Once she gets to culinary school she'll receive plenty of technical books and research material.