From madeleine cookies to soufflés, when it comes to desserts, no one does it better than the French. Ginette Mathiot's The Art of French Baking (2011 Phaidon) is a collection of authentic French pastry and dessert recipes that anyone can follow at home. The author of more than 30 bestselling cookbooks, Mathiot taught three generations how to cook in France and is the ultimate authority on French home cooking. Try her simple madeleines, vanilla soufflé (pictured above), or tarte tatin.
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