I'm a huge fan of celebrity chefs specially pastry chefs.
Yes...I know I got sucked in by all that Food Network chefs the glamor, book deals and awesome show. I'm so into those, their marketing people sure do know how to work their stuff.
Most of the time I don't buy locally published baking book written by local chefs, not for the reason that you probably think. It's not about being snobbish or anything it's just that I found it lacking in the instructions department and most of the time the book itself is poorly constructed the paper used is bad or there are so few pictures that I have no idea what the outcome should look like. And if the quality of the book itself improves, it cost a lot just like imported books, probably because it was not published locally. Which I think is weird being that we have printing press here in Manila, so why source it out? Right??? Any way, that's another story.