The Gingerbread Architect: Recipes and Blueprints for Twelve Classic American Homes

by Lauren Chattman

ISBN-10: 0307406784
ISBN-13: 9780307406781
Region: USA
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
Publication Date: October, 2008
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About The Gingerbread Architect: Recipes and Blueprints for Twelve Classic American Homes

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What happens when an architect who is also an avid baker gets together with a house-obsessed pastry chef? Twelve classic American homes rendered in gingerbread.

Are you dreaming of a colonial Christmas? Here’s your chance to build a traditional Cape Cod house in freshly baked gingerbread, complete with breath-mint pinnacles, Twizzler shingles, and a brick-red fruit-leather chimney. Prefer nineteenth-century New York elegance? Why not whip up an urban brownstone, embellished with crushed butterscotch windows, Tootsie Roll staircase posts, and a front courtyard tiled in mini Chiclets. Is the Santa Fe look more your style? Try a gingerbread pueblo, landscaped with rock-candy cacti and turbinado-sugar sand.

Here to guide you through every step of building your gingerbread dream house is The Gingerbread Architect, created by New York— and London-based architect Susan Matheson and professional baker Lauren Chattman. Featuring detailed blueprints and elevations of the houses alongside baking directions and essential construction notes, this modern guide to the traditional holiday craft of creating gingerbread houses has projects for bakers of all levels, from novice to advanced.

For each house, Matheson and Chattman provide historical context and descriptions of prominent architectural features, demonstrating how to execute those characteristics in gingerbread and candy. Detailed instructions cover everything from baking and assembling the walls to piping icing and landscaping the yard. And to help match gingerbread houses to bakers–and their little helpers–each house has a difficulty rating, ranging from one gingerbread man to four.

With full-color photographs of the finished houses, tips on the construction schedule, baking and candy resource guides, a glossary of architectural terms, and instructions for lighting the houses from within, The Gingerbread Architect is the complete guide to the ultimate family holiday baking project–for anyone with a keen eye and a sweet tooth.

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About Lauren Chattman

Lauren Chattman is a former pastry chef, a cookbook author, and an ardent home baker. As a mother of two small children, and with formal pastry training and restaurant experience, she has made a career out of translating upscale food trends into easy recipes that can be made at home, realistically and without stress, and enjoyed by the entire family.

After earning her Ph.D. in English and teaching for two years at Yale University, Chattman moved to New York City with her husband and newborn daughter and enrolled in a professional pastry and baking program at The Institute for Culinary Education. Upon completion of an apprenticeship under François Payard at Restaurant Daniel, Chattman was hired as pastry chef at the prestigious Nick and Toni’s restaurant in East Hampton, New York. She now develops her desserts in her own kitchen and focuses on making use of her store of tips, tricks, and shortcuts that enable busy cooks and bakers to create high-quality, family-pleasing food without a lot of fuss.

Chattman is the best-selling author of several cookbooks. She is also the co-author, with Roland Mesnier, of Roland Mesnier’s From Basic to Beautiful Cakes and Dessert University. Her recipes have appeared in Bon Appétit, Cook’s Illustrated, Metropolitan Home, Redbook, and The New York Times. She has appeared on Today and QVC, demonstrating her knack for making delicious desserts in record time, and has been a spokesperson for Jif peanut butter and Pillsbury refrigerated cookie dough.

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