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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345516559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345516558
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,144,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Rachel Thebault . . . has reimagined the humble Oreo as an indulgence that is spectacular as an afternoon snack or as the end to an elegant meal.”—Food & Wine
 
“Thebault is on a mission to do for desserts what Coco Chanel did for the little black dress: re-create, reinvent, and pull it all together with exquisite details.”—Leite’s Culinaria

“I’m telling you, Sweet Chic is so inspiring. It will make you want to break free of tradition and bake things you’re excited about. You don’t have to stress yourself out to make something fabulous—you have all the tools you need right here. Hooray!”—Isaac Mizrahi, from the Foreword

About the Author

Rachel Schifter Thebault, founder of Tribeca Treats, spent seven years as an investment banker before transforming her hobby of making truffles for friends into a full-time career in confections. A graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education, she opened Tribeca Treats in 2007. The bakery has won honors from American Express OPEN and entrepreneur organizations, and is a pillar of the Tribeca community. A sought-after speaker and panelist, she has also taught cooking and baking to children and adults. She currently lives in Tribeca with her husband and their two daughters.

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Rachel Schifter Thebault, founder of Tribeca Treats, spent seven years as an investment banker before transforming her side hobby of making truffles for friends into a full-time career in confections. A graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education, she opened Tribeca Treats in 2007. The bakery has won honors from American Express OPEN and entrepreneur organizations, and is a pillar of the Tribeca community. A sought-after speaker and panelist, she has also taught cooking and baking to children. She currently lives in Tribeca (and travels the globe) with her husband and their two daughters.

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The photography is amazing!
Moonpie
I loved this cookbook, and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in baking, from the amateur to the experienced baker.
Jacob's Beloved
The recipes are very well written and offer desserts that range from beginner to more advanced.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jen Rothmeyer on August 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As soon as I received my copy of Sweet Chic, I squealed a little. I must admit that I am a cookbook collector, a fanatic, a freak. You may enjoy your glossy mags, but I enjoy my cookbooks. While light on pictures (not all recipes have an accompanying picture), the inside of the cookbook is just as fabulous as the outside. The layout is truly a visual delight with its quirky and fun text elements.

The cookbook opens with a text foreword from Isaac Mizrahi and introduction by Ms. Thebault. It then segues into some basics: ingredients to have on hand and quality, equipment, techniques, and storage information. For example, an excerpt of the dairy section in ingredients: "DAIRY Using a lower-fat version for any dairy ingredient will significantly alter the texture and consistency of your baked goods. Therefore, stuck with butter, whole milk, heavy cream, or other ingredients as directed." It then jumps right into your everyday and weekend wear: cookies. Scooped cookies, considered the white t-shirt, include basics such as chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal raisin, and two more. Thumbprint cookies, considered the chunky cardigan, include peanut butter and chocolate thumbprints as well as two others. Vanilla cookies are likened to the crisp Oxford shirt and include three variants. This theme goes on with more cookies, brownies, graham crackers, cakes, cupcakes, pies, icings, ganaches, buttercream, chocolates, barks, truffles, and caramels.

I found it interesting how Ms. Thebault compares the different recipes and their variants to fashion and outfits. She "dressed up" her desserts with the variants just like you'd add a scarf to an outfit. (Well, I wouldn't, but then I'm notoriously fashion ignorant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacob's Beloved on November 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
There are few pastimes that can compete with my love of books, but baking is one of them. The premise of this cookbook seemed rather unique, as it attempted to combine baking with fashion. There is even a delightful foreword by Isaac Mizrahi to further the theme. The author, Rachel Schifter Thebault, runs her own bakery, Tribeca Treats, out of New York City, and this is her debut cookbook.
The book opens with an explanation of Rachel's philosophy of baking. In the same way that a woman uses a little black dress as the foundation of her wardrobe, using accessories to dress it up or down, so too can a baker take a basic recipe for the base of a dessert and use simple alterations to create a complete "wardrobe" of desserts for any occasion. Chocolate chip cookie dough becomes white chocolate coconut cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies, snickerdoodles, or anything else a cook can dream up with a change in mix-ins. I used the oatmeal raisin cookie recipe and substituted in chocolate chips, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and they came out perfect!
The book is divided into three sections: Cookies, Cakes, and Confections. Each chapter in the three sections feature a basic recipe to build on, with names such as "The Crisp Oxford Shirt," "The A-Line Skirt," and "The Leather Jacket." Following the basic recipe of each chapter are several more example recipes of how to alter the base recipe to fit your needs. Vanilla Cake becomes Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes, and Basic Tempered Chocolate becomes Cranberry Almond Bark.
The detail that Rachel goes into is also quite impressive. The beginning of the book teaches the basics of baked goods by reviewing all of the major ingredients used in baking - things like eggs, cocoa powder, and extracts - as well as essential equipment used, like a cake turntable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ellen P. Lafleche-christian on August 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Sweet Chic is a cookbook that is perfect for the busy mom. Each chapter begins with a base recipe and then offers several variations that use that base recipe. As an example, you will learn to create Brownies and from that base brownie recipe, you'll learn to create Brownie Sundae Parfait, Peanut Butter Brownies and Mint Swirl Brownies. You always begin with the dough or batter of the base recipe and then expand on that to create something new.

There's a great variety of recipes included in Sweet Chic. I was thrilled to find sweets that appealed to both children and adults. You never know what type of occasion you'll need to bring a dessert for and I don't like to bring the same type of dessert to adult events and children's events. Kids go wild for cookies and cupcakes but for an adult, I'd rather bring something a bit more specialized. You won't go wrong with S'mores Cookies for the kids and Wasabi -Black Seasame Truffles for the adults.

The recipes are very well written and offer desserts that range from beginner to more advanced. The well written directions should make these doable for even the beginning baker. The first chapter in the book is a great introduction to baking titled "The Basics". The author introduces you to major ingredients, essential equipment, and basic techniques. There's are several fantastic step by step pictorial guides on icing a cake and dipping in chocolate.

I made the vanilla cake recipe (cupcakes) and iced it with vanilla icing I dyed pink and green just for fun. Who doesn't like cupcakes? They turned out fantastic. This is definitely a keeper for anyone who wants to bake more while building on a few traditional recipes. Highly recommend.
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