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The Professional Bakeshop

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Rated #8 in Desserts & Sweets


Pros: Serious tool for professionals and advancing students

Cons: Not much in the way of anecdotal delivery

The Professional Bakeshop

Tools, Techniques, and Formulas for the Professional Baker

Wayne Gislen


Reviewed by Jim Berman


Wayne Gisslen, if not the authority on kitchen texts, has to be high on the list. So, when he breaks out a new volume, it is well worth an examination. In his latest construct, The Professional Bakeshop, Gisslen takes on everything from Almond Paste to Zabaglione with none too meandering paths towards and through the fundamentals, yeast doughs, quick breads, cookies, custards, cakes and plating, with solid visits to pies, syrups and applied techniques, among others.


For clarity’s sake, this is not a recipe book. And it is not for the casual observer of the Rites of Flour and Frolic in the kitchen. There are no full-page photo compositions and the pages are not dotted with anecdotes about the author’s travels to Bali. Rather, The Professional Bakeshop is a textbook. Falling just short of a study guide, sans the essay and/or multiple choice questions following each chapter, Bakeshop is a kitchen tool. Each of the 700 recipes is constructed in  the Gisslen-esque straightforward approach; there are yields, ingredients, procedures and variations. There are some hand-drawn illustrations to accentuate the less-obvious steps in each piece, but the long-time collaboration with photographer J. Gerard Smith comes to life with many of the formulas. The photos go a long way to identify anticipated outcomes, saving the guesswork and ill received product.


At nearly 600 pages, The Professional Bakeshop does the Gisslen magic with answering many questions before they are asked. Gisslen is proactive with troubleshooting, say, cookie faults, ingredient substitutions/variations, and improper mixing, to site a few technique issues. There is heavy emphasis on procedure without the flourish of flamboyantly verbose dialog of celebrity chef penned books.


The Professional Bakeshop is bookshelf worthy for, as the title implies, a pro or advancing student. If an occasional chocolate cake is the extent of one’s baking repertoire, Gisslen and his merry mammoth is too much.


Chocolate chip cookies, p.398



Muffins and variations, p. 155



Cream Puffs variation, p. 265



Dark Chocolate Truffles, p. 492

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The Professional Bakeshop

The Professional Bakeshop

AuthorWayne Gisslen
LabelJohn Wiley & Sons Inc
ManufacturerJohn Wiley & Sons Inc
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Inc
StudioJohn Wiley & Sons Inc
TitleThe Professional Bakeshop
Languages - PublishedEnglish
Package Weight2 pounds
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