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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; 1ST edition (July 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0836278615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0836278613
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.5 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #542,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

Here are nearly 300 recipes, each of them worked out to fool-proof protection: Raspberry-Strawberry Bavarian, creamy Black-and-White Cheesecake, Walnut Fudge Pie a la Mode and many more. 35 line drawings. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Maida Heatter, a.k.a. "the Queen of Desserts," is the author of nine classic dessert cookbooks, including the New York Times best-seller and James Beard Award-winning Maida Heatter's Book of Great Desserts. She is a member of the James Beard Foundation Hall of Fame, has been named to Cook's Magazine's Who's Who in Cooking, and was one of the first people inducted into the Chocolatier Hall of Fame. She continues to bake joyfully from her home in Florida.

More About the Author

Maida Heatter, a.k.a. "the Queen of Desserts," is the author of nine classic dessert cookbooks, including the New York Times best-seller and James Beard Award-winning Maida Heatter's Book of Great Desserts. She is a member of the James Beard Foundation Hall of Fame, has been named to Cook's Magazine's Who's Who in Cooking, and was one of the first people inducted into the Chocolatier Hall of Fame. She continues to bake joyfully from her home in Florida.

Customer Reviews

I am happy to say that this book lives up to expectations.
B. Marold
Moreover, there is no such recipe in _Maida Heatter's Book of Great American Desserts_, nor in _Maida Heatter's Best Dessert Book Ever_.
Daryl Close
She will have your guests wondering how you were able to make these delicious desserts.
Stephanie Manley

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
If you only own a few cookbooks make this one of them! I bought this book years ago when I was first learning to make desserts. All sorts of crazes have come and gone since then but these desserts have never gone out of style. I have made Maida's two different chocolate mousse recipes for the same party, and let the guests pick which type they preferred, dense and deeply chocolate or lighter and creamier. Everyone had a preference! The strawberry bavarian is easy to make and a real crowd pleaser, as is the Queen of Sheba Torte. I treasure my old battered and stained copy of this book, and should buy a new copy to hold in reserve. My other absolute favorite dessert book is Classic Home Desserts by Richard Sax.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Manley VINE VOICE on November 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Mrs. Heatter isn't your best known author when it comes to cooking, but her desserts are simply wonderful. She writes in a style that reminds me of Julia Child in her thoroughness. She will give you a tip or two about most recipes, or tell you where they come from. The fare in this book isn't what you would find in the grocery store, but rather these are the wonderful little cakes you might get from an old fashioned bakery. Her instructions are clear, concise, and will not leave you wondering if you are doing this correctly. I would highly recommend any of her books for enlarging your dessert offerings. She will have your guests wondering how you were able to make these delicious desserts.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on January 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
`Maida Heatter's Book of Great Desserts' by, of course, Maida Heatter, comes with enormous expectations. Not only do you have the presumptuous title, you have the enormous reputation of the author as a writer of superior dessert cookbooks for the last 30 years. Piled on top of that, you have the fact that the cover includes the placard announcing that the book has been inducted into the James Beard Foundation Cookbook Hall of Fame. Wow!

I am happy to say that this book lives up to expectations. On the most basic level, it contains recipes for virtually all the famous desserts you can think of. So, in very modest terms, the book can be seen as a collection of recipes for those desserts that have achieved greatness by enduring in popularity all these years, going back long before Ms. Heatter came on the stage.

This reassuringly long (528 pages for a scant $26.95 list) book has 22 chapters covering virtually every major type of dessert you can think of. These are:

Tortes (European `cakes' with little or no flour) such as the Linzer Torte, Dobosh Torte, and my own favorite Hungarian walnut torte.

Chocolate Cakes and Layer Cakes such as the Devils Food Cake and the Rum Chocolate Layer Cake

CoffeeCakes, Nut Cakes, FruitCakes, and Cakes Made with Fruit such as the Carrot Loaf, Pumpkin Cake, Banana-Nut Cake, and Walnut-Peach Kuchen.

Plain, Loaf, and Other Old-Fashioned Cakes such as a sponge cake, marble loaf cake, and buttermilk spice cake.

Pound Cakes, such as the King's (as in Elvis) Pound Cake and the Black and White Pound Cake.

Cookie Jar Cookies (sturdy cookies not prone to break easily) such as Oatmeal cookies, Hungarian Butter Biscuits, and French Chocolate Wafers.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have been baking from this book for years and years. Now that it's been reissued, I won't have to worry about keeping my old book readable. Maida Heatter is a master teacher and baker. Her recipes and advice inspire confidence, especially for the beginner. She takes you step by step in the process so that you can't make a mistake. My teenage daughter started baking from this book when she was 11 (without me) and made great treats. Start from the beginning and bake your way through it!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Daryl Close on April 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
RE: I recommend that readers disregard Very Disappointed's negative review of _Maida Heatter's Book of Great Desserts_. "Very" claims that the "Palm Beach Brownies" recipe failed. There is no such recipe in the book! In fact, there is no brownie recipe with macadamia nuts in this book! Moreover, there is no such recipe in _Maida Heatter's Book of Great American Desserts_, nor in _Maida Heatter's Best Dessert Book Ever_.

I am not a dessert cook--just a dessert eater--but my wife has cooked from the book under review for nearly 30 years and she raves about it. I can attest to the reliability and very quality of the results, due in no small part to my wife's religious devotion to the precise details of Heatter's instructions.

Here is what Maida Heatter writes in her Introduction:

"I have cooked and tested every one of the recipes in this book over and over so that they are worked out perfectly. But in order for these recipes to work for you as they do for me, it is of utmost importance that you follow every direction exactly" (xi).

These desserts are beyond good--they are perfect. Your family and your guests will be knocked over. Many recipes have become family classics that get passed around again and again.

Recommended most highly and without reservation.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Nobody makes it easier to bake delicious goodies than Maida Heatter. I've had this book since it came out and it's dogeared from use. You can page through it and see which recipes are my favorites, because there are stains everywhere. I collect cookbooks but I always turn to Maida Heatter for dessert. She is absolutely the best, for either beginner or expert baker.
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