Early last month, Pierre Hermé’s fine team sent me an advance copy of his new ‘Pastries’ recipe book (English version). My first impulse was, of course, to keep it all for myself and never share. But then I realized that I’d soon be heading back to Paris, so cooking – then eating – everything in the book would probably sabotage my plan to head there thin, with room to grow. I guess I’m just going to have to give it away!
So how can you win my copy? Well, you’re going to have to prove yourself…
[The contest has since ended. Thank you to all those who submitted an entry The winner is Rob C., whom I've notified by email. To everyone else, please keep an eye out for future giveaways!]
1. First, think of some people in your life who either understand your love of Pierre Hermé and pastries or who you wish understood your love. Friends, family members, or a special someone you once went with to Paris? Coworkers at your restaurant or bakery who love pastries, too? Your classmates, students or instructors at pastry school? Your bastard father who made you become a lawyer, even though you wanted to be a pastry chef? It just needs to be someone to whom you can express your pastry love, whether happily or resentfully. Then…
2. Write them an email, where you explain how amazing having this book would be. It can be short. It can be long. It can be happy, sad, impassioned, funny … whatever.
3. Either copy me at email@example.com on the email you send them or forward me the email after you send it. Don’t worry, I’m not collecting their email addresses – I just want to see what you wrote.
4. I will read all the emails and select a winner on March 14th, based on how thoroughly your email entertained or moved me. There’s nothing random about this giveaway; it’s based completely on my whim.
For now, I think it’s important for me to tempt you with photos from the book . . . lots of photos. I can’t believe Monsieur Hermé is just giving some of these recipes away. It’s bananas. And this is King’s Cake…
Ooooo. It’s the Brioche Satine. It’s not just brioche. It’s brioche with a passion fruit cream center.
And what’s better than having Pierre Hermé’s croissant recipe? That’s right . . . the only thing better is having his Ispahan croissant recipe, too. He gives both away in the book.
Ice cream, sorbet and ice cream “sandwich” recipes? Yep, he’s got that covered.
Monsieur Hermé even includes the recipe for what I believe to be his greatest pastry – the Gourmandises Constellation (which he considers an éclair variation, apparently).
Yum. It’s a fraisier…
Not only does the book include the millefeuille recipe, it includes the 2,000 feuilles recipe. I think we can assume his 3,000 feuille recipe will be in the 2nd edition.
There are a couple Paris-Brest variations, too…
And who can live without the Saint-Honoré recipe?
Of course this is a 288-page book, so the photos above just scratch the surface. Monsieur Hermé shows off his macarons, lemon tarte, cheesecake, crème brulée, kouign-amann, muffins, tiramisu, baba au rhum, charlottes, madelines, Opéra, soufflés, Tarte Tatin, and many many many more recipes. And, yes, it’s all in English, with ingredients shown in both cups and grams. Though I’m sure none of my readers would actually cook with cup and spoon measurements . . . right?
I know a lot of you are probably thinking, “I need this book NOW!” Well, ok then. You can always snag your copy of Pierre Hermé Pastries on Amazon. Or you can enter the giveaway here, wait until the 14th and hope that you are the lucky chosen one. Could it be you?! The only way to find out is to enter.
Special thanks to Pierre Hermé — Stewart, Tabori and Chang — and Abrams. They were kind enough to share the book with me so that I could share it with you.