I think your two suggestions were good ones - Bo's book just isn't what I thought it would be
and I was on my way to buying the Baking and Pastry book and that stopped by in my tracks.
I have a fortune "invested" (one could say wasted) in books I've purchased only to find
that I don't like them.
Looking for positives on the B & P book, I came across this:
"I fell in love with this beauty a year ago. You can find it at Barnes and Noble. I'ts wonderful. And it's written by staff from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Believe me, that is a top-notch school. Those people know what they're talking about.
Baking and Pastry: Mastering the Art and Craft
by Culinary Institute of America Staff"
I continued to read at different sites and it looks like it was about 50/50 like vs dislike.
I love to read and learn and I race to amazon.com to buy nearly everything they have - our
library is brimming with books.
I have my favorite baking books and The Professional Pastry Chef just isn't among them, though with the $70 price tag, I wish I had liked it. I sit and read a cook book cover to cover. I looked at the customer reviews on this particular book at amazon.com and of 56 reviews, 44 people rated it a 5. So I'm outnumbered and I really wanted to like the book and use it.
What are your thoughts on The Sweet Life by Kate Zuckerman?
Take care and happy cooking!