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The Wine Lover's Dessert Cookbook: Recipes and Pairings for the Perfect Glass of Wine Paperback – September 15, 2005

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About the Author

Jennie Schacht is a culinary writer and consultant who has worked with Michael Chiarello and Napa-based "wedding cake baker to the stars" Sam Godfrey of Perfect Endings. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Mary Cech is an award-winning pastry chef and pastry arts instructor. She was twice heralded as one of the "Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America" by Chocolatier magazine. Her recipes have been featured in many cookbooks and magazines. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Frankie Frankeny is a San Francisco based photographer whose work has appeared in more than 20 Chronicle books.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Edition edition (September 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811842371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811842372
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer A. Wickes on October 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
Two culinary pleasures come together in this book, "The Wine Lover's Dessert Cookbook" by Mary Cech and Jennie Schacht: dessert and wine! Not only are the recipes delicious but the wine education and suggested pairing make wine selection a breeze!

Mary Cech is an award-winning chef and instructor. She has been a pastry chef at a couple of the more prestigious restaurants, and has taught pastry making at the renowned Culinary Institute of America. Her recipes have been featured in numerous publications including Bon Appetit, Chocolatier, Veggie Life and several cookbooks.

Jennie Schacht is a culinary writer who has worked on several cookbooks. She has her own consultation firm, Scahcht and Associates, which aid clients in the food and health care industry.

This beautifully photographed book is loaded with information on selecting wines dependent on the dessert being served. The recipes are delicious and very inspiring. With Mary Cech's expertize at teaching, the recipes are very clear and easy-to-follow.

Some of the delectable recipes found within this book are Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Fresh Peaches, Tropical Fruit Crèpes, Pumpkin Pots de Crème with Candied Pecans and Lemon Cream Mousse.

For the wine-wary, there is an index of complicated wine terms to help you understand wine and how to select wines based on your food.

With the holidays approaching, this would be a wonderful gift to help celebrate!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. Payro on November 28, 2005
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A marriage made in heaven: that of wine and desserts. What a wonderful idea!! The bringing together of two of the world's best offerings (wine and dessert) is a decadent inspiration that Ms Cech and Ms Schacht bring to perfect fruition with mouth watering recipes and superb wine suggestions to accompany them. The book is very friendly even for a novice like me in the art of wine appreciation, and it gives easy to follow recipes. I am up to the challenge of indulging my craving for sweets and wine! I plan to send a book to all my friends and family to create a network where all the recipes will be cooked or baked and later shared and combined with the wine suggestions to improve our palates, delight our spirits while giving us the perfect excuse to get together. I have tested a few of the recipes, and the results have not disappointed. I recommend this book greatly and think at the very least it makes a perfect gift.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gromer on January 31, 2006
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This is a notch up from the usual Chronicle Book publication! I say this because I often find that this publisher puts out cookbooks that are all "beautiful pictures" and very little information. It is clear that the authors worked really hard to deliver good information and content and tips - this book isn't just a vehicle for the photographs. There is lots to read and absorb for each recipe, and the recipes themselves look extremely do-able in one's own humble kitchen. I bought a copy after glancing through it in the bookstore because I know this is definitely a book that I can use (and not just leave around looking pretty). I would say, though, that it functions really well on its own as a dessert cookbook - I'm less interested in the wine pairings - which would interest only those who are sticklers for such things!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kiwanissandy VINE VOICE on February 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
I really like this dessert cookbook. Both Mary Cech and Jennie Schacht are knowledgeable and provide some great information with their recipes and wine recommendations.

On page 108, the Chocolate Currant Tartlets were to die for. The Banyuls and Port wine recommendations were spot on. I served the Apple Citrus Custard Tart for New Years without the wine and the dessert itself was wonderful. The recipes are just awesome...but

...the design is lame. All the print is virtually the same color, the titles, the recipes, the wine recommendations, the lines, and it's almost the same font and size. The page just runs together. The em dash page layout and design by Chronicle Books was a poor choice here.

The "Making The Match" wine insets should have been blocked with a different color and font so they stood out as a true side note rather than looking like part of the recipe. The pages jump from single layout to double layout and then back again and it's very hard to tell if you're suppose to read down or across because it's both.

Also, the pictures are all semi-blurry. They are not crystal clear photographs. I don't know if it was suppose to an artistic statement but it's an artistic blunder. I really dislike the off-centered blurry pictures. The book would have been so much better with sharp pics of the desserts as well as the glasses of wine.

The book is excellent, there are no issues with the desserts or wine pairings. It's the actual design that is really the downfall of this book. I hope the authors find a new publisher and remake this cookbook to be a 10, it's now a 7 because of the amateurish appearance.

Regardless, this would be a great book to give as a gift with a bottle of Late Harvest Riesling or a Doisy-Vedrines Sauternes.
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Pairing desserts with the sweet wine category can be tricky for the novice, but this book can be your guide to rely
on when it comes to preparing desserts with sweet and fortified wines. The right combinations will elevate your end of meal
course to an unforgettable experience.
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