Everyone enjoys fine pastry. And now the home baker will find it easier than ever to create perfect masterpieces. Avner Laskin, a professional pastry chef trained in France, provides simple, foolproof recipes for creating a rich assortment of treats, as well as an authoritative guide to the essential skills of his art. Here are beloved French classics, such as Chocolate Éclairs, Vanilla Cream Puffs, Napoleons, and Tarte Tatin, plus traditional pastries from Italy, Spain, and Portugal. Included are unusual creations, such as Coffee Muffins and Caramelized Banana Tartlets, as well as detailed instructions on creating multipurpose fillings, icings, and glazes that the creative baker can use in original ways.