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Simple sweetness...sort of...
on January 14, 2011
Michael Richard is a well respected chef, who has written this cookbook of desserts with some much needed common sense. For an experienced cook these will not be difficult recipes, for a beginner, they will need to concentrate on both the content, ingredients and preparation. However, Michael believes in using a microwave when possible instead of a double boiler, trying to simplify the creation process in that way and with some other techniques.
This are more than the 50 recipes. He writes of how he became a chef, about the making of desserts and of the ingredients. He also includes a bit about each recipe. He even did the illustrations; there are no photographs in the book.
The recipes usually take up more than one page, which is sometimes a pain when you are trying to follow directions; and the ingredients are printed in a light brown print which for some might be hard to read, hopefully it will not fade.
Our family loves his Haute-meal cookies - for those that think bacon improves anything, even a cookie, and then there is his pineapple coconut upside down cake; both fun to make and even better to serve. So if desserts are your goal, this might be a good book to add to your collection.