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In chapters covering every conceivable homemade dessert type, which, besides those listed above, includes sweet pancakes and dumplings, cookies, creams, fools, jellies, tarts, and more, Sax offers a repertoire that's both old-fashioned, and, where desirable, innovative. (But discreetly so: he likes to add a little fresh ginger to his plum crisp, for example.) The recipe titles tell all: Southern-Style Peach and Raspberry Cobbler, Peanut Butter Pie with Fudge Topping, The World's Best Lemon Tart, Double Chocolate Pudding, and Split-Level Lime Chiffon Pie are representative American offerings. Old World specialties include Sephardic Walnut Cake with Honey-Lemon Syrup, Ricotta Strudel from Trieste, and Custardy Prune Pudding or Far Breton, one of Brittany's best-loved sweets, among others. A full repertoire of cookies, from New Mexican Anise Christmas Cookies to 1950s Pecan Puffs, makes the book a great holiday baking resource. With information on techniques, historical and anecdotal notes, and reprints of old recipes, the book is a trove of good information as well as great dessert-making direction. --Arthur Boehm
I'm so glad I bought this book. I saw this book mentioned in some classic cookbook lists and decided to try it. I spent the weekend reading this like a novel. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kay H
This is the dessert bible, complete with amazing recipes and entertaining anecdotes. The flourless cake on the cover was easy to make and shocked my dinner date.Published 5 months ago by Jeremiah
I have several shelves of baking books, and this is one of my favorites. The cake pictured on the cover is worth the price of the book alone, but I have not been disappointed with... Read morePublished 12 months ago by I. Bake
Incredible, reliable recipes. If I had only one dessert cookbook, this would be it.Published 14 months ago by Julie
This is simply one of the best cookbooks that I own. I will never be without a copy of this in my home. Baking seems to have become a full on TV cult these days. Read morePublished 15 months ago by jviles
Saw this book at my daughter's home while back east for a visit. Fell in love with it and simply had t have it. Ordered it and I was at home, waiting for me upon my return. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lloyd Colson