This book is serious. It’s more than serious, it’s almost deadly. A weighty tome that had to be picked up from the post office – it was too big and serious for my postbox. I have to admit to being slightly frightened of this book when I first opened it. It’s very old school. Now that’s no bad thing. It has very detailed explanations of many French patisserie techniques that I have barely heard of, and certainly can’t pronounce.

Having said all this there’s no way on earth I’m giving this book to anyone. It’s staying with me. It’s the book I wish I’d had when practising for the Bake Off. I can’t tell you how many books I had to buy, borrow etc to find all the techniques I thought I might need for GBBO. So, whilst it’s highly unlikely I will make a whole recipe from this book, I will certainly dip into it to learn techniques and find a little reassurance.

Things I liked: It’s serious. No messing about, this is written by professionals though oddly, there’s an absence of ego. Big tick.

Things I didn’t like: The recipes can feel a bit 80s (could be the very fiddly nature of some of them reminding me of all that trendy mini food of the 80s?) though I am not sure if that’s the photography as well.

I have 2 Patisserie books by William and Suzue Curley worth £40 each up for grabs. (The book was officially released on 22nd May and is published by Jacqui Small.) There are lots of ways to enter – see the Rafflecopter form below. The first way is just to leave a comment on this post. Easy peasy. Closing date 12th September 2014. How to enter:

  • Complete the Rafflecopter form below to confirm your entries made via blog comments, Twitter, Facebook etc.
  • This giveaway will close on 12th September 2014.
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  • Open to anyone over the age of 18, UK & Europe only. Sorry to anyone younger or further afield.
  • There are 2 Patisserie books RRP £40 each available. There’s no cash alternative to the prize and the prize is not transferable. No part or parts of the prize may be substituted for other benefits, items or additions.
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