My Favorite (Foodie) Things


It’s time for the yearly Baker’s dozen of my favorite (foodie) things!

  1. Some really great pastry books were released in 2012. I’m reading The Elements of Dessert by Francisco Migoya and Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery cookbook. To round out the must-have list I ordered Layers by Gregoire Michaud ($20-$50 each)
  2. As dessert plating becomes more and more exacting, a good set of plating tweezers goes a long way.  There are several styles to suit any cook. ($10)
  3. I’m asking Santa for fine star piping tips so I can perfect my eclairs. ($20)
  4. A Cotton Candy Machine is not only fun for the whole family but adds an element of whimsy to any dessert. ($35-$400)
  5. A vegetable turning slicer creates perfect sheets of fruits and vegetables. ($50-200)
  6. A hand-held infrared thermometer allows me to temper chocolate with ease. ($20)
  7. A raplette makes it a piece of cake to create consistently-measured batters. ($100)
  8. Every chef needs a good-quality apron. My personal favorite is from Cayson Designs in blue denim. ($20)
  9. Good shoes can’t be overrated. Danksos keep your feet cool, dry, and slip-free. ($120)
  10. Every year, I go through several Moleskine notebooks as I jot down recipes, conversions, and ideas.
  11. Sharpies are a must in any kitchen. The Retractable Ultra Fine Point Permanent Markers are perfect for labeling items in the walk-in. ($2 each)
  12. Matfer exoglass cookie cutters are the creme de la creme for home bakers and professionals alike because they are seamless, lightweight, and sturdy. ($50)
  13. A quality Pastry Brush with Natural Boar Bristles that doesn’t shed or fray is worth every penny. Get several sizes for the patissier in your life. ($8)

 

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About Joe the Baker

Joe the Baker is a classically-trained pastry chef who specializes in French macarons and viennoiserie. He currently sells his delicious confections online, at the Coppell Farmers Market, and at DFW-area gourmet grocers.

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