I just had to share that a few months ago I bought the cookbook "flour" by Joanne Chang. Um, you know what? Anytime I've made anything from it, I get rave reviews. I know that not everyone on here is a seasoned chef but if you're looking for a great pastry book that's not going to scare you and you're looking to get excellent results, it's totally worth it.
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