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snowbordinglife Jun 4, 2012 08:35 PM

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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    Eat.Choui RE: snowbordinglife Jun 5, 2012 12:55 AM

    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?

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      quirkydeb RE: snowbordinglife Jun 5, 2012 04:04 AM

      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. roxlet RE: snowbordinglife Jun 5, 2012 04:56 AM

        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...

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          HillJ RE: snowbordinglife Jun 5, 2012 04:59 AM

          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.

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