Book Review: Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston’s Flour Bakery + Cafe

October 20, 2012 · 0 comments Print This Post

Flour Spectacular Recipes from Boston's Flour Bakery + Cafe
Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston’s Flour Bakery + Cafe

The 2nd time I went to the Flour Bakery + Cafe (read my review here) I saw that Joanne Chang (owner of Flour) put out a book that had both her Bobby Flay-defeating sticky buns recipe, but among others, her homemade Pop-Tart recipe.  Those two recipes alone would have made the book worth buying (yes, they’re that tasty)!

I browsed over the book while eating the Flour-made Pop-Tart and was impressed.  It is everything I think a modern cookbook should be, with lots and lots of photos, and well written descriptions and instructions.  I especially loved the stories behind each of the recipe that Joanne has in the book; it’s something I try to do here, rather than just throw the recipe on the blog.

As I do with any cookbook I get, as soon as I got home, I took out a piece of paper and wrote down the names and page numbers of all of the recipes that interested me.  It would have been easier to list the recipes I wasn’t interested in making.

Since I got the book, I’ve made the sticky buns three times, and the Pop-Tarts twice.  Now you might be asking yourself (or using the Search bar to the right) about  a post here about either one of them.  Truth be told, they never last long enough to get a photo of the finished product!

Every person who tried the sticky buns said they were the best sticky buns they’ve ever had in their life.  Each and every person said that.


This book is on the C4B’s “highly recommend” list.  Plenty of high quality photos, easy to follow directions, and great stories behind the recipes should make this a ‘must have’ book for any home baker.

Amazon sells Joanne’s book for less than $20.

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