A delightful volume devoted to the delicate, charming treats that are the soul of France's neighbourhood patisseries. With Felder's expert guidance, any home cook can now re-create the sweet enchantments and small indulgences that are the hallmark of many a holiday in France. Christophe Felder, along with his longtime collaborator, Camille Lesecq, are back with a new volume that focuses upon the delightful small pastries that are one of the highlights of the art of French baking. Both children and adults adore these often bite-size indulgences. Included here are all the fundamental recipes--the classics and the traditional favorites--along with original, inventive creations. Recipes include amandines, babas, biscuits, bostocks, creams, croquantes, croustillons, financiers, flans, madeleines, Alsatian manderlis, Napoleans, petits fours, sables, tartlets, and much more. The book opens with a section on twenty-seven base recipes from which all others can be made, including pate brisee, pate sucree, sable breton, dacquoise, pate a choux, feuilletee rapide, and creme patissiere. It is then divided into chapters of increasing complexity, with a final chapter on funny cakes--playfully decorated small cakes designed to delight children or for parties. Each recipe comes with precise preparation and cooking times, step-by-step decorating tips, and suggestions for vegan and gluten-free alternatives--this seemingly petite package contains a wide range of sweet and simple pleasures to delight big and small gourmets alike.