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Lee Bailey's Country Desserts Hardcover – August 11, 1998

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Buckling under the weight of 120 delicious recipes and a wealth of lavish, full-color photographs, Lee Bailey's Country Desserts is as big in size as it is on taste. Inspired by the warming and satisfying desserts of his childhood, Bailey devotes an entire cookbook to these lovely puddings, cakes, cookies, and custards, and indulges us with recipes borrowed from family and friends. Here is his grandmother's favorite Peppermint Candy Ice Cream, his Aunt Cora's Banana Layer Cake, and Aunt Freddie's Graham Cracker Pickups. And, happily, creating these fabulous desserts doesn't call for gimmicky kitchen tools, gadgets, or fancy, cordon bleu ingredients, either. Bailey cooks the old-fashioned way--requiring elbow grease for mixing, lots of butter for greasing the pan, and no low-fat or no-fat substitutions. His desserts are heavy on flour, egg whites, sugar, and butter--but definitely not low on taste. His Blackberry Cobbler is a dream come true--oozing with the exquisite taste of six cups of fresh blackberries and topped with homemade ice cream, whipped cream, or perhaps a dash of custard. And who can resist his easy-to-make Honey Custard--which bakes in just 40 minutes?

Bailey divides his recipes up into distinct chapters for quick-and-easy reference--from ice cream and ices to kids' desserts, with cakes, cobblers, cookies, and other goodies in between. His chatty and informative directions and the book's large-sized pages make cooking these desserts a pain-free experience. This is a truly scrumptious and satisfying collection of old-fashioned favorites. --Naomi Gesinger

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From soothing Applesauce Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting to a sinful Chocolate Cream Pie with Chocolate Meringue, Lee's desserts always entice, and his message of good food and easy entertaining is perfectly suited to the tastes of today's hosts and guests. Full-color photographs.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Gramercy (August 11, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517187493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517187494
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Helene Dauria on October 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I have tons of cookbooks but this is one of about 5 that never leave the kitchen. The recipes are easy to follow and always turn out well. It is definitely not for the calorie conscious (9 egg yolks for a quart of ice cream!) but everything is delicious!The writing style is simple and homey and the pictures make you want to cook everything immediately.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
THIS IS A MUST HAVE IF YOU ARE A COLLECTOR OF COOKBOOKS, AND/OR ENJOY BAKING. MR. BAILEY'S BOOKS ARE NOT JUST FOR THE RECIPES, EVEN THOUGH HIS ARE EXCEPTIONAL--ESPECIALLY THE SNICKERDOODLE RECIPE LOCATED IN THIS BOOK--THEY ARE ALSO A FEAST FOR THE SENSES.
IF YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY YOU SHOULD ALSO TRY TO OBTAIN A FEW OF HIS OUT OF PRINT BOOKS, SUCH AS LEE BAILEY'S CITY FOOD, AND LEE BAILEY'S GOOD PARTIES. HIS RECIPES AND INSTRUCTIONS ARE VERY EASY TO FOLLOW. I HAVE NEVER BEEN DISAPPOINTED WITH HIS WORK, AND HIS PHOTOGRAPHER, JOSHUA GREENE, DOES JUSTICE TO ALL THE RECIPES THAT APPEAR.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Betty Parr on June 30, 1999
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This is a fantastic book! Just reading thru and looking at the pictures is a great experience. It brings back fond memories and rememberances of a more peaceful time. Every recipe therein makes you want to cook and entertain friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nat_ann on July 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
When it comes to desserts-- this is my favorite cookbook. As much as I try to find new sources, I keep coming back to this one. Some of our favorites are the lemon squares, rhubarb pie (though I make it w/ the crust from the apple pie-- as it is the best crust recipe I've found), the sour cream pound cake (usually w/ lemon juice and zest in place of the vanilla), and the thumbprint cookies (I often use coconut in place of nuts to roll the cookies in-- but they're great either way). I find that many other cookbooks are hit or miss, but this one has been the most reliable. Everything I've tried has been either good or great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tara L. Lopez on March 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have tried several recipes from this book and not only are they truly old fashioned desserts, every single on of them turns out perfect and they actually look like the picture in the book. Our favorites include the lemon squares, blondies, and devil's food cake! This book is a permanant resident in my kitchen and gets used frequently!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book is very well organized. I personally love a cookbook with all of the recipes in color photos.The ice cream section has a wide variety to chose from. Not a book for calorie-consciensious,but definitely worth having if you enjoy entertaing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L Parr on May 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I owned this book when it first came out in the 80s and it is now lost in a move and I am replacing it. I can honestly say there was not one recipe in that book I didn't love...something as simple as a blueberry buckle was the best I've ever had. The coconut cake not only amazing but better if made the day before.
What made this book stand out for me was how I tried and loved things I had previously said I didn't like. I didn't even like blueberries the first time I made the buckle and now I would turn most everything else away to choose it. I liked coconut but I would never think to make the coconut cake and it just blew my mind.
These are unpretentious recipes, down home comfort food done the best I've ever seen. It negates the need for any other book on desserts, especially if your trying to impress. As a chef, I have looked for and purchased many dessert books over the decades but this is the ONE dessert book to own and no one as of yet has been able to beat it.
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