Do you want to make excellent croissants and laminated pastry? Are your croissants not as good as you would like them to be? Having problems with laminated pastry products? Confused about folding techniques and the thickness of your pastry? Do you want to not only understand but fix all of your pastry making issues and ensure you make consistent, beautiful pastry time and time again? If you want to master laminated pastry, this is the book for you !
Already dubbed the lamination bible by happy customers, this book takes you from simple pastry to advanced competition level products, explaining each step in great detail. To build a good house, it must first have a solid foundation! The same principles apply when making laminated pastry products. My book The Art of Lamination is built on a solid knowledge of understanding the recipes, methods, processes and ingredients required to make the finest laminated viennoiserie possible. This book is the culmination of seven years of research, in particular, it was my chosen subject during my masters degree studies. As an international competitor, lecturer, businessman and international jury member, I have witnessed the work of exceptional craftsmen and carefully documented procedures and practices. In my business, I was able to try the latest cutting edge techniques and sell beautiful products to my customers. In my role as a lecturer at TU Dublin, I generated much new class content and took note of the most common problems encountered by students in pastry making and also the questions asked by my students. I identified and documented all the stages of production of laminated pastry and engaged in problem solving for students and bakers during my masterclasses in foreign countries. The result is a clearly explained road map, how to plan and execute perfect pastry. I explain some of the basic lamination systems used in industry with a modern twist, and take the reader through a step by step approach on how to become proficient at making laminated viennoiserie. In my capacity as a jury member at the world championships I have witnessed as close to perfection as is possible to make beautiful products. Many of the more advanced products in the book have been inspired directly by my observations over the past 25 years of competitive baking at the cutting edge of creativity. This book will serve as an essential guide for students, bakers, pastry chefs, home bakers and hobbyists. I include detailed process notes for both commercial bakers using mechanical sheeters and home bakers and students, who want to make laminated pastry at home. I have stripped down the procedures of laminated pastry production to the very basics, building on that knowledge and adding more advanced levels throughout the book. I hope my book will both educate and inspire you, the readers now, and in your future baking.
James, or Jimmy Griffin as he is more popularly known, is a sixth-generation master baker from Galway Ireland. He has forty years' experience in the bakery industry, growing up in the family business. He is a specialist in viennoiserie, sourdough, bread and cake production. He holds a Master's degree in Food Product Development and Culinary Innovation and lectures to honours degree bakery students at the School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology, Technological University, Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin. He also works as an advisor and consultant to industry. Jimmy grew up being competitive and as an apprentice, won many national bakery competitions. Later in his career, he represented Ireland and competed in the European Championships as the viennoiserie candidate three times; winning bronze at the Coupe D' Europe de la Boulangerie 1997. He went on to coach the very successful Irish bakery team from 2002 until 2005. Jimmy has also been an international bakery jury member since 2001 for most of the world championships and world master's competitions, the bakery Olympics of the industry. In 2016, Jimmy was appointed as president of the Jury at the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie in Paris. He regularly lectures and teaches overseas and has been involved with baking and competitions in most continents of the world. In 2015, he was also honoured by his Russian colleagues and awarded an Honorary Professorship of Stavropol University in Russia. In May 2019, he came out of competitive retirement to compete in the Coupe du Monde Chocolatine in Toulouse, France, taking the silver medal for his creations in hand-laminated pastry at the event. He is very active on social media platforms, and regularly updates his pages with exciting recipes, procedures, and products. Married to his wife Bogna, Jimmy has three children, Dillon (23), Janice (22) and Sophie (14) (2020). In addition to his test baking passion, Jimmy is a licenced fixed-wing pilot; an aerobatic pilot; seaplane pilot, judo blackbelt instructor, divemaster and a former marathon runner. He enjoys writing and his honours degree dissertation titled An investigative study into the beneficial use of seaweed in bread and the broader food industry has been viewed and downloaded over 6000 times. He is currently finishing a book featuring internationally acclaimed bakers' recipes, a book on the history of the family bakery titled Fully Baked, and another book on Panettone and Levito Madre.