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Matthew Robinson has spent many years in the food industry as an innovator, scientist, product developer and spokesperson. He spends a great deal of time innovating both in and out of the kitchen. Because his passion is food, he has eaten his way across Europe for the past six years. He has a master of science degree from the University of Georgia in Nutrition Science and a diploma from the professional culinary program at the French Culinary Institute in New York City. Matthew lives with his wife and son in Amsterdam. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 108 pages
  • Publisher: The Culinary Exchange, LLC (September 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989125815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989125819
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,399,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matthew Robinson has spent many years in the food industry as an innovator, scientist, product developer and spokesperson. He spends a great deal of time innovating both in and out of the kitchen. Because his passion is food, he has eaten his way across Europe for the past six years.

He has a master of science degree from the University of Georgia in Nutrition Science and a diploma from the professional culinary program at the French Culinary Institute in New York City.

Matthew lives with his wife and son in Amsterdam.

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Format: Paperback
I was offered this book quite a while ago, and said I said YES with much enthusiasm. After all, it touches on two things I care about a lot: cooking and creativity. The publisher described Knickerbocker Glory rather well in saying, "In its simplest form, innovation is bringing ideas to life - and by utilizing the innovation process in this book readers will discover how easy it is to create WOW moments in the kitchen, at home, at work and beyond!"

The book has two distinct sections, and you could ignore one of them and still get value from the other.

Alas, my current diet forces me to eschew the recipes, so I haven't cooked from the book. But darnit I _want_ to. If all you're looking for is a bunch of recipes for dessert, and you have a set of tall soda-fountain glasses you'd like to get more use of, this is quite fun. You get 30 recipes for Knickerbocker Glory with variations, which is a layered dish with ice cream, cake, fruit, and a topping. Some are nicely predictable ("innovation" that's a twist on the expected), such as cherries jubilee (almond biscotti, meringue, cherry compote, vanilla ice cream, cherry cake) or bonkers for bananas (with banana compote, almond toffee, banana ice cream, rum raisin cake). Some go far afield, such as chocolate grasshopper (chocolate syrup, milk chocolate pudding, mint chocolate ice cream) or The Japan (sesame brittle, rice pudding, honey sweet potato, black sesame ice cream, honey cake) or Chai Tea (cashew crunch toffee, chai ice cream, spice cake).

And "going far afield" is the other point of the book, which aims to help you -- whether you cook or not -- learn to innovate better, as an individual or as a team.
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Format: Kindle Edition
If you're into sweets and especially if you are delighted by the creativity of tweaking your own desserts, this is a must-have book for your recipe book collection. I was impressed that the first part includes an entire treatise on the formula of creativity! So this book is not just about copying recipes, but also learning how to tweak other people's recipes. The book details the innovative process and highlights the main parts with titles that end in ---ate: state, stimulate, formulate, ideate, create, iterate.

First, what is a knickerbocker? It's an old word for what we would now call a "parfait." The origin of this staple at soda fountains (popular about 100 years ago) may have been the USA or it may have been England. The dessert consists of seven layers in a tall glass (so you can see what lies beneath—part of the fun!) Two of the layers are repeated, so you basically have to make 6 of them. The book provides the basic recipes for the layers, and you tweak them according to the theme. Sometimes the themes are international, such as Japan or Mexico.

The recipes include citrus, raspberry, peach, mocha java, white chocolate peppermint, s’mores, pumpkin spice, peanut butter and jelly, chai tea, and strawberry shortcake, and much more. One is carrot which of course includes carrot cake as one of the layers.

Once you look through the book you get an idea of how it works and you can create your own flavors or themes. That’s what I love most about this book: It invites the reader to “go further” by creatively inventing her own versions of the basic recipe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Mariba on November 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This 'Knickerbocker Glory' Recipe book by Matthew Robinson is about a Wow moment he had in 2008 while dining in Dublin, Ireland when the delicious dessert was passed close by to him in a restaurant (of course in its traditional tall glass container and a long spoon). As a chef and scientist the author researched on the dessert's origins and used his innovative ideas in the kitchen to come up with a host of different ingredients that can be used to create variations of the Original Knickerbocker Glory Recipe.

His innovation ideas can be applied in many areas of life including business either to invent something new or improve on something or ideas already in practice. The author gives valuable steps and tips on how to achieve this.

On overall, this is a great book on the Knickerbocker Glory recipe plus a variety of innovative changes to the original recipe. The innovation can be used in our daily activities or plans.

My Wow moment or is it innovation: I would suggest the author to go into business with restaurants or ice cream companies to dish out recipes contained in this book or a plan to introduce this dessert in United States of America on a larger scale. Or better still I'm working myself on a plan to develop my own niche' in my business and professional sphere after learning innovation described in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spudman TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
The book Knickerbocker Glory is a visual delight with a presentation equal to that of a fine meal at your favorite restaurant. It's full page graphics illustrating the Knickerbockers in all their glory are inspiring and stimulating.

A Knickerbocker Glory is a tantalizingly tall, layered dessert presented in a high, soda fountain glass. An opaque container could be used, but glass is better to appreciate the contrasting yet complementary layers and colors of cream, cake, ice cream, fruit, and maybe even a bit of crunch. The directions are clear and easy to follow though they do require some time and patience, and some culinary expertise wouldn't hurt either.

Readers may select from the numerous knickerbocker recipes or be creative by picking and choosing from the given combinations to come up with an original creation.

The authors give recipes for homemade ice cream, but that's out of my comfort and ambition zones. However one doesn't have to make a genuine knickerbocker to enjoy this book. "We" made some of the cake recipes and ate them served with a scoop or two of store-bought ice cream and a dollop of whipped cream on top.

Bottom line - Those who enjoy kitchen adventure should give this book a look.
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