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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740793527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740793523
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Barbara Fairchild is editor-in-chief of Bon Appetit magazine. She joined the magazine's staff in 1978 as an editorial assistant, and spent almost 15 years as the executive editor before being promoted to editor-in-chief in 2000. She is a frequent guest on radio and television programs discussing food, restaurants, travel, and popular culture. She has been recognized by the James Beard Foundation's "Who's Who in Food & Beverage in America."

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Barbara Fairchild is Editor in Chief of Bon Appetit magazine. She joined the magazine's staff in 1978 as an editorial assistant, and spent almost fifteen years as the executive Editor before being promoted to Editor in Chief in 2000. She is a frequent guest on radio and television programs about food, restaurants, travel, and popular culture, and has been recognized by the James Beard Foundation's 'Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America.' She is also the author of the bestselling Bon Appetit Cookbook.

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It's worth every penny and more, you will not regret buying this.
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The illustrations are glorious and the recipes well written and easy to follow.
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Anyone that loves to bake desserts should have this book on their shelf.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Stuart L. Claggett on December 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
We have always enjoyed the dessert recipes in Bon Appetit magazine so a purchase and review of the cookbook was not a question of if, but when. The Desserts cookbook is big, with quality printing and good color photos. The layout is easy to follow and we thought the use of whisks instead of stars to indicate the complexity of the recipe was creative.

The books begins with pantry and equipment suggestions and then techniques which might be helpful to many. The techniques sections uses illustrations where I believe pictures would have been better. For example, showing dough textures on page 37 is meaningless to the reader. We would suggest that the editor change this in the next version. From here we move to the recipes that starts with cakes.

There does not seem to be any order to how the recipes are organized in each section. There are subsections (example 5 in cakes), but if this was targeted for a large audience then perhaps sections should have started with the one whisk recipes and then moved to the four whisk recipes in each section. The pictures are well done but limited in scope. We have all seen magazines begin to have a light table grid of recipe pictures that could have played well here. At the beginning of each section they could have a 9 photo grid of each recipe and then cut back on the full page pictures. I enjoy pictures and cookbooks can always be lacking in too few of them. Pictures make me want to make the recipe.

The tips and layout of the recipes are good. The recipes selections would keep one entertained in desserts for quite a while with many visits to the treadmill. Our first recipe was a Cranberry Lime tart that did not disappoint. The holiday season will bring some other trials.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By t.fred on February 28, 2011
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I've been a high-end, professional Pastry Chef in both San Francisco and NYC for many years ... love this book. Use it constantly for reference and new ideas!!!
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Fincayra on November 28, 2010
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This book is amazing - there are an immense amount of recipes that are rated out of 4 whisks - 1 whisk being easy to make and 4 whisks being more advanced. The layout is easy and simple, the pictures are sparse but beautiful and everything sounds delicious! Some of the recipes call for expensive and/or hard to find products but luckily substitutions can be made that taste just as good. I made the pumpkin spiced cake with caramel-cream cheese frosting, and it was unique and delicious. I highly recommend for any sweets lover and aspiring baker.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Books and Chocolate TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 8, 2011
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How fun to have a very large (689 pages) and beautiful cookbook devoted entirely to desserts by one of the premier food magazines, Bon Appetit. There are over 600 recipes in this book, most reprinted from the magazine archives but also some new ones. The photos are gorgeous and inspire me to want to head to the kitchen to create something wonderful.

This is one of those cookbooks that anyone can use no matter what level of cooking experience because the recipes are well-written with plenty of explanation and diagrams. Also included are chapters on what kinds of foods to keep on hand in the pantry, equipment basics, and techniques explained.

Every kind of dessert is covered: cakes and cupcakes; pies, tarts, and pastries; custards and puddings, fruit desserts, frozen desserts, cookies, bars and brownies, candy, and even a chapter devoted to cheesecake. I like that most of the recipes use regular ingredients that are easily found in any grocery store. The traditional recipes for things like classic chocolate chip cookies, apple pie, and chocolate cake can be found alongside unique offerings such as Mai Tai Sorbet, Cherry Creme Brulee, Hazelnut Macaroon and Strawberry Tart, Hazelnut Praline Cheesecake, and Lemon Raspberry Cupcakes.

Whether needing a dessert for a casual pot-luck dinner or something elegant for a bridal shower or a tea, I can find it all in this one book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By xoxogirl44 on April 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
this is like the bible of all desserts. pretty much if you've eaten it, it's probably in this book somewhere. I do have mixed feelings about this book, though. I agree with someone else who's said that there aren't enough pictures. There is maybe 1 photo for every 10, 15 recipes or so. It's like, how would I know what it's supposed to look like?? The book is pretty big & heavy already, but the photos don't need to be so big. My favorite cookbooks are usually ones that have step by step photos. Another set back for me is that the portions are quite big. Most of them feed 12-18!! I'm just baking for me and 1 other person! 1 thing I wish they did include in there were how to make french macarons.

Overall this is a good dessert book, especially if you love to bake & you have a sweet tooth. they do have many variations (they have 5 different versions of creme brulee!!) If you are a dessert lover, then this book is a must have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Scarpin on January 17, 2011
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A very complete book, filled with recipes for all kinds of sweet treats - cakes, cheesecakes, cookies, ice creams, tarts - and absolutely gorgeous photos (too bad there aren't many of them).

The book is huge and weighs a ton, so be prepared! Lots of great recipes, and the nectarine almond crumble is one of my top favorites.

UPDATE: I have now made over 15 recipes from this book and they were fantastic. Very tasty and worked fine.
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