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!
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?
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...
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.