Jialin Tian – Ph.D. Pastry Chef – Cookbook Giveaway

Back in July (how is it already October?), I wrote about a diamond of a recommendation from Amazon. Lightning does strike twice and thanks to another recommendation I discovered Jialin Tian a few weeks ago. The cover below tempted me to take a deep dive into Jialin’s work. I reached out and requested review copies of her books, ordered an additional copy of Little Choux Temptations for this worldwide giveaway and asked if I could do a Quick Bites feature. Thankfully, Jialin was on board.

Let me tell you a bit about her books. They are stunning. Seldom do you find self-published titles of this quality with incredible photography, attention to detail, explicit instructions and even multiple step-by-step technique photos. I have most of her pastry related books – and each one is a master class in pastry. Below I have set out a small blurb about each title in my possession:

  • Chocolate Brandy Cakes: shares twenty-six unique cake creations using fruit brandies, chocolates, and nuts.
  • Whiskey Bake: I just ordered this book and have loaded it on Kindle Unlimited. A quick glance at the ebook makes me happy that I have a print copy coming. Caramel, jams, tarts, breads, rolls, pies and cakes and even bonus cocktail recipes are shared.
  • Little Choux Temptations: shares twenty-seven innovative petite choux pastries.  
  • Croissant Dozens: One croissant dough but dozens of extraordinary creations!
  • Choux Temptations: Choux Temptations is a celebration of the beloved choux that includes instructions for creating thirty sophisticated and innovative choux pastries.
  • Macaron Magic 2: Individual Desserts and Showpieces presents twelve innovative creations of macaron desserts. The book also includes instructions on how to construct four dazzling showpieces and a bonus chapter on advanced techniques for creating stunning chocolate and pulled sugar decorations.
  • Macaron Magic guides you through the essential steps for making the perfect macaron with 40 recipes.

Jialin Tian – Quick Bites

A former NASA research engineer, Jialin Tian developed a passion for making pastries while she was working on her doctoral dissertation in satellite instrumentation. Since then, the art of pastry making has brought her endless enjoyment. She is the author of eight cookbooks including the critically acclaimed Macaron Magic and Choux Temptations. Classically trained, Jialin studied pastry and chocolate art at the prestigious French Pastry School in Chicago. In addition to pastry art, she enjoys painting, piano, travel, graphic design, and photography. She holds Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS) and Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) diplomas from the Society of Wine Educators. Jialin received her PhD in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2004. She is the creative director and publisher at Jayca and lives in the greater DC Metro area.

Q: What first triggered your interest in baking? Do you remember your first baking memory?

I discovered the joy of pastry making when I was a graduate student. At the time, I was working on my doctoral dissertation on an optical instrument for remote-sensing satellite applications. Two years into my research, I became increasingly frustrated with not having found a solution. That was when I began to bake. Making pastries helped me to clear my mind and see the problem from a fresh new angle.

My earliest memory of baking involves making doughnuts with my grandmother when I was four years old. She would let me cut out the doughnut holes. When I did a good job, she rewarded me with plenty of doughnut holes.

Q: If you had to describe your baking style, what would it be?

My baking style is mostly classical and modern French pastry style with a personal twist. I like to reinvent the classics with trendy and contemporary variations.

Q: Are you a cookbook collector? If so, tell us about your collection – number of books, favorite genre, favorite author?

Yes, I am definitely a cookbook fanatic. I have more than 600 cookbooks. My favorite genre is baking and pastry making. I have so many favorite authors. To name a few, my pastry teachers Stéphane Glacier and Jacquy Pfeiffer, America’s Test Kitchen,  Jacques Pépin, Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, Bo Friberg, and many more.

When I read a cookbook, I look for clear logics in the instructions. I like to read a recipe in its entirety and visualize each step in my mind beforehand. For more complicated dishes, I like to see step-by-step photos in the recipes.

Q: What is the best part of your job? Do you sometimes feel like working with food all day keeps you from wanting to get creative in the kitchen?

I enjoy every part of my job from book concept development to photograph the finished products to layout design. But I think the best part of my job is when I hold my new book and knowing soon that I will be sharing the fruits of my labor with my readers.

Working with food all day actually makes me more creative in the kitchen. I usually like to have a brainstorm and conceptualize all the recipes on paper first, then I would implement all the recipes and of course, make all the necessary adjustments. 

Q: What is your goto for a quick dinner – quick dessert?

For a quick dinner, I like to make pan-seared sea scallops or cod fillets with a white wine sauce. It can be done in under 15 minutes and they are absolutely delightful.  For a quick dessert, I like to prepare doughnuts made with choux paste and dusted with cinnamon-sugar.

Q: Tell us about your cookbooks or any future projects you are working on?

My first cookbook was called The Bear and Fish Family Cookbook, which I have co-authored with my mother Yabin Yu. It includes more than 130 family recipes for both sweet and savory dishes. Then I wrote two books on French macarons and they are called Macaron Magic and Macaron Magic 2: Individual Desserts and Showpieces. After the macaron books, I published two books on choux pastries called Choux Temptations and Little Choux Temptations. The next two small books were focused on using whiskeys and brandies as the main baking ingredients; they are called Whiskey Bakes and Chocolate Brandy Cakes. Most recently, I wrote a book called Croissant Dozens, which includes more than 40 fully illustrated recipes for making croissant pastries. For my future projects, I plan to publish more books on baking and French pastries.

Special thanks to Jialin for sending me copies of her amazing titles for review. I have an extra copy of Little Choux Temptations for one member in this contest which is open worldwide.

Out of all of Jialin’s titles which cookbook interests you the most?

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  • matag  on  October 6, 2021

    Croissant Dozens

  • lauriesk  on  October 6, 2021

    Whiskey Bake: Baking with American Rye and Islay Scotch Whiskeys

  • gilmonster  on  October 6, 2021

    Choux Temptations

  • daveprice  on  October 6, 2021

    Fascinated to see what variationsJialin has on this theme – love the photography

  • ravensfan  on  October 6, 2021

    Macaron Magic

  • lauraprooks  on  October 7, 2021

    Croissant Dozens or Choux temptations

  • JudithCocks  on  October 7, 2021

    Little Choux Temptations

  • sarahawker  on  October 7, 2021

    Choux Temptations

  • FrenchCreekBaker  on  October 7, 2021

    This sure is a tough Sophie’s choice question! Ok I will choose her Brandy bakes cookbook because I have never baked with brandy before.

    Love you were alerted to this Amazon gem. Such a fun interview and now I want to own all her books!

  • oduong930  on  October 7, 2021

    croissant dozens!

  • dbranigan27  on  October 7, 2021

    I think Croissant Dozens catches my eye, but all of these books sound “delicious”.

  • riley  on  October 8, 2021

    Macaron Magic

  • annieski  on  October 8, 2021

    Little Choux Temptations or maybe Whiskey Bites

  • kmn4  on  October 8, 2021

    Chocolate Brandy Cakes

  • Bohrnsen  on  October 8, 2021

    Croissant anything!

  • sayeater  on  October 8, 2021

    Choux Temptations. Fond memories of my dad’s specialty: profiteroles

  • dtremit  on  October 8, 2021

    Whiskey bake sounds fun!

  • Siegal  on  October 9, 2021

    Croissant dozens sounds awesome

  • roxlet  on  October 9, 2021

    Little choux temptations

  • LaurenE  on  October 9, 2021

    Whiskey Bakes

  • dhiza  on  October 9, 2021

    I am most interested in Choux Temptations.

  • fsl49  on  October 9, 2021

    love choux

  • reader1trees  on  October 9, 2021

    Croissant Dozens sounds really interesting to me.

  • mcrimmins  on  October 9, 2021

    Macaron Magic

  • Su2cool  on  October 9, 2021

    Little Choux Temptations

  • Dannausc  on  October 9, 2021

    Macaron magic

  • t.t  on  October 9, 2021

    They all look tempting! But maybe Croissant Dozens or Macaron Magic. Or…

  • LeMinou  on  October 9, 2021

    Croissant dozens

  • lisambb  on  October 9, 2021

    Croissant dozens

  • stephntran  on  October 10, 2021

    macaron magic!

  • antpantsii  on  October 10, 2021

    It would have to be Whiskey Bakes!!

  • Curlyfatkins  on  October 10, 2021

    Macaron Magic 2: Individual Desserts and Showpieces

  • leilx  on  October 10, 2021

    Chocolate brandy bakes

  • RSW  on  October 10, 2021

    Macaron Magic

  • dzm  on  October 10, 2021

    Choux Temptations

  • CatsintheKitchen  on  October 10, 2021

    Little Choux Temptations–love the minis!

  • Beckyth  on  October 10, 2021

    Little choux temptations

  • banba1  on  October 10, 2021

    Macaron Magic

  • Bottomleyj86  on  October 10, 2021

    Choux temptations

  • ChicagoJen  on  October 11, 2021

    Croissant Dozens

  • annettle  on  October 11, 2021

    Definitely the two choux titles, I love choux!

  • orchidlady01  on  October 12, 2021

    The Bear and Fish Family Cookbook

  • aesop57  on  October 12, 2021

    Little Choux Temptations

  • maci234  on  October 12, 2021

    Little Choux Temptations

  • BMeyer  on  October 12, 2021

    All of them.

  • Plumbobmummy  on  October 12, 2021

    Macaron Magic

  • Sand9  on  October 13, 2021

    The Bear and Fish Family Cookbook

  • hbakke  on  October 13, 2021

    The Bear and Fish Family Cookbook

  • bookmark77  on  October 13, 2021

    Little Choux Temptations

  • Dendav  on  October 13, 2021

    Croissant dozens

  • bookmark58  on  October 13, 2021

    Macaron Magic

  • kbennall  on  October 13, 2021

    Whiskey Cakes and/or Chocolate Brandy Cakes – I like the boozy ones I guess!

  • Badgerlord  on  October 14, 2021

    whiskey bakes

  • janv  on  October 15, 2021

    I think Whiskey Bake

  • Roosta  on  October 15, 2021

    Croissant Dozens

  • teamkies  on  October 16, 2021

    The Bear and Fish Family Cookbook

  • foodie16  on  October 16, 2021

    Croissant Dozens

  • virjeania  on  October 16, 2021

    The Bear and Fish Family Cookbook

  • GreenhouseCheryl  on  October 16, 2021

    Macaron Magic

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  October 16, 2021

    interested the most in The Bear and Fish Family Cookbook

  • Leonard5854  on  October 16, 2021

    Little Choux Temptations

  • bill_the_cat  on  October 16, 2021

    whiskey cakes

  • debbiehb  on  October 17, 2021

    Macaron Magic

  • breay  on  October 17, 2021

    The Bear and Fish Family Cookbook

  • RuthHarwood  on  October 18, 2021

    Little Choux Temptations

  • cellenly  on  October 19, 2021

    macaron magic

  • sarahteertzah  on  October 19, 2021

    Whiskey Bake: Baking with American Rye and Islay Scotch Whiskeys

  • ceejayen  on  October 20, 2021

    Croissant Dozens,

  • MarciK  on  October 20, 2021

    Choux Temptations

  • NancyLynn  on  October 20, 2021

    I’d like to read the Little Choux Temptations first

  • Lindsayihart  on  October 21, 2021

    The Little Choux Pastries book sounds excellent,

  • Lindsayihart  on  October 21, 2021

    Little Choux Temptations!

    Planning an afternoon tea, this would come in handy.

  • woodbird  on  October 21, 2021

    Choux temptations

  • woodbird  on  October 21, 2021

    Choux temptations and macaron magic

  • trudys_person  on  October 22, 2021

    Macaron Magic, for sure! But Croissant Dozens and Choux Temptations are close seconds!

  • poneill  on  October 24, 2021

    Macaron Magic

  • hibeez  on  October 24, 2021

    macaron magic.

  • bopper  on  October 24, 2021

    Macaron Magic

  • IngridO  on  October 24, 2021

    Macaron Magic

  • JZ89  on  October 25, 2021

    Croissant dozen

  • nvernon  on  October 25, 2021

    Whiskey Bake: Baking with American Rye and Islay Scotch Whiskeys

  • antpantsii  on  October 26, 2021

    likley Whiskey Bakes

  • lils74  on  October 28, 2021

    Oooh, Whiskey Bake and Little Choux Temptations both look amazing, as do they all!

  • starxtrouble  on  October 28, 2021

    I really want to learn how to make proper choux buns!

  • Belene  on  October 28, 2021

    The Bear and Fish Family Cookbook

  • cdagen  on  October 28, 2021

    Little Choux Temptations

  • Pizzacat13  on  October 28, 2021

    It sounds like Jialin is such a well-rounded and talented individual! I’m interested in Macaron Magic, always wanted to master those.

  • hubbalance  on  October 28, 2021

    Macaron Magic! I would love to learn how to make Macarons!

  • luccio  on  October 28, 2021

    Choux Temptations

  • jluvs2bake  on  October 29, 2021

    Croissant Dozens

  • lilmiztam22  on  October 30, 2021

    Brandy bakes cookbook

  • stulled  on  October 31, 2021

    little choux temptations

  • maggz19671  on  October 31, 2021

    Choux temptations
    Devilish and taste

  • RickPearson54  on  October 31, 2021

    Macaron Magic

  • youngsvnnhrs  on  November 4, 2021

    Little Choux Temptations

  • pacchiano  on  November 5, 2021

    choux temptations

  • Amypie  on  November 5, 2021

    Croissant dozen

  • VanessaJ  on  November 5, 2021

    Choux Temptations

  • Mercator  on  November 5, 2021

    Whiskey Bites

  • a1apple  on  November 6, 2021

    Choux Temptations

  • elsid22  on  November 8, 2021

    Choux temptations

  • dbielick  on  November 8, 2021

    Little Choux Temptations

  • calguire  on  November 9, 2021

    Little Choux Temptations

  • HelenB  on  November 9, 2021

    Choux Temptations and little choux temptations

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  November 11, 2021

    I like the The Bear and Fish Family Cookbook.

  • onlyconfect  on  November 12, 2021

    Croissant dozens. So many possibilities

  • moralla  on  November 13, 2021

    Choux Temptations

  • emi10383  on  November 14, 2021

    Macaron Magic

  • DIANEMJACKSON5  on  November 15, 2021

    Whiskey Bakes

  • iza27  on  November 15, 2021

    Choux temptations

  • JenjiD  on  November 15, 2021

    croissant dozens

  • Love2ReadBooks2Day  on  November 16, 2021

    Choux Temptations

  • mph993  on  November 17, 2021

    choux or little choux temptations

  • mumliz  on  November 22, 2021

    Croissant Dozens

  • angiejackson  on  November 23, 2021

    Little choux temptations

  • silversand  on  November 23, 2021

    The Bear and Fish Family Cookbook

  • Robbinhouse3  on  November 23, 2021

    Croissant dozens

  • Rosscoe  on  November 24, 2021

    Whiskey Bake: Baking with American Rye and Islay Scotch Whiskeys

  • zeenie  on  November 25, 2021

    Croissant Dozens

  • sheridarby  on  November 25, 2021

    Choux Temptations

  • Isis1981uk  on  November 26, 2021

    Chocolate Brandy Cakes

  • paulbing  on  November 26, 2021

    Macaron magic

  • ickle0ne  on  November 26, 2021

    Chocolate Brandy Cakes

  • Lesevans6  on  November 27, 2021

    Macron Magic

  • Emmamaryd  on  November 27, 2021

    Chou temptations

  • DimensionAEB  on  November 27, 2021

    Macaron Magic

  • SHORTMAN  on  November 27, 2021

    Chocolate Brandy Cakes

  • ClaireHamilton  on  November 27, 2021

    I am interested in Choux Temptations

  • andyszym  on  November 27, 2021

    The Bear and Fish Family Cookbook

  • Twiddle  on  November 27, 2021

    Little Choux Temptations

  • PatBarrett  on  November 27, 2021

    Little Choux Temptations

  • Shelmar  on  November 29, 2021

    Chocolate Brandy Cakes

  • Terrill  on  November 29, 2021

    Whiskey Bake

  • Boyle925  on  November 30, 2021

    Little choux temptations

  • CookingPerson  on  November 30, 2021

    The Sensations Cookbook looks intriguing, wonder what it contains

  • CookingPerson  on  November 30, 2021

    The Bear and the Fish Family cookbook

  • redcurrant  on  December 2, 2021

    Choux Temptations

  • feliciakw  on  December 3, 2021

    Whiskey Bakes! Whiskey, rye, bourbon, brandy, rum, stout – all make cake (and frosting!) better – for adults, of course.

  • fmd518  on  December 3, 2021

    Croissant Dozens

  • elschneider  on  December 10, 2021

    macaroon magic

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