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The Pastry Queen
Royally Good Recipes from the Texas Hill Country's Rather Sweet Bakery & Café
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The Pastry Queen
By: Rebecca Rather
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Reviewed by Jeremy Emmerson

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March 2005
A few years ago, baker Rebecca Rather-aka The Pastry Queen-quit the big city, leaving restaurant life to set up shop in Fredericksburg, a favorite Hill Country destination for Austin foodies, B&B fans, cyclists, oenophiles, and antique hunters. A food journalist gave Rather the moniker of Pastry Queen because of the royally irresistible goodies she makes and her sassy, generous native-Texan style.

At first glance the Rather's cookbook looked like so many others but once I took the time to give it the attention that it deserved, it came to life. The book is filled with voluptuous, flavor filled sweet and savory treats like Bacon-Cheddar Scones, the Texas High Hairs Tarts, Fourth-of-July's Fried Pies, Turbo-Charged Brownies with Praline Topping and pillowy Kolaches (yeasted buns with savory fillings) to name but a few. The recipes are well laid out, simple to follow and do not require the reader to flip from one page to another to complete the task. Photographer Laurie Smith brings the end results deliciously to life and if your not going to be in Fredericksburg Texas any time soon, picking up a copy of Rather's book and giving it a test drive is going to bethe next best thing…

Review by: Jeremy Emmerson

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