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3.0 out of 5 stars I didn't love it as much as I wanted to, March 12, 2010
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This review is from: Ready for Dessert: My Best Recipes (Hardcover)
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I am a compulsive baker with an embarrassingly large collection of dessert/baking cookbooks. For another book to make it onto the crowded shelves it has to stand out with unique recipes and techniques. While there are many excellent recipes in this collection that I am thrilled to have is there anyone out there who is thinking; if only I had another recipe for Mexican Wedding Cookies?

They are stingy with the photographs and it is very disappointing that of the pictures included none are of some of the more elaborate desserts where you would like to see what the final product looks like. Instead there are pictures of chocolate chip cookies, pots de creme, gingersnaps, flan, bread pudding, sorbet and frozen yogurt. That is just plain annoying. I would gladly pay more for a book that is well photographed.

I have a great deal of respect for David Lebovitz and was excited to be one of the first to get a look at his new title. There are some books I can say unequivocally, buy it you will love it. This one I would recommend looking through it first to see if it is something you would enjoy.

*Update: Obviously my comments on the book struck a chord among the obsessive bakers/ cookbook collectors out there. It has been bothering me though that other than my comment on the amount of recipes included that I dismissed as too common most were really complaints the publisher was responsible for. I want to update this review with a response to a question on the quality of the recipes in the discussion section for those who don't usually check in on those...

All recipes I have tried from this book do work, and they are clearly written. Many of the recipes are adaptations of classics with David's spin. I probably did a disservice to David by focusing on the book from my point of view as an accomplished baker comfortable adapting and tweaking recipes to suit my own taste. I think the real strength and value in this book is the amount of tips and advice David provides. It would be great for anyone who would like a book to teach them about baking and dessert making instead of just providing recipes. David's humorous conversational writing style is a big plus too.
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Initial post: Apr 6, 2010 11:10:57 AM PDT
Michael Ware says:
Excellent review. As an avid baker with MANY baking and dessert cookbooks myself, I think your comments are spot on. Thank you!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2010 11:31:57 PM PDT
Ben Scellick says:
Yes thank you for a good review. from one baker to another.

Posted on Jun 3, 2010 2:23:26 AM PDT
Thank you for such a helpful review. I agree entirely - why so stiingy with the photos in so many cook/baking books? Oh, wait, I know - money! I have a feeling its the notoriously greedy publishers that are limiting the number of photos. I think we should circulate a petition outlining the minimum acceptable ratio of photos to recipes!

Posted on Jan 5, 2011 8:34:20 AM PST
B. Ram says:
Can any of you comment about the quality of the recipes please ?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2011 6:46:57 AM PST
DBucci says:
All recipes I have tried from this book do work, and they are clearly written. Many of the recipes are adaptations of classics with David's spin. I probably did a disservice to David by focusing on the book from my point of view as an accomplished baker comfortable adapting and tweaking recipes to suit my own taste. I think the real strength and value in this book is the amount of tips and advice David provides. It would be great for anyone who would like a book to teach them about baking and dessert making instead of just providing recipes. David's humorous conversational writing style is a big plus too.

Posted on Dec 20, 2011 4:10:34 AM PST
thank you for your comments. I am not an avid baker, just a very busy woman who loves to cook but has little time. i need all the tip and advice for good recipes with just a twist. thanks

Posted on Apr 12, 2013 5:38:59 PM PDT
J. Sirak says:
To say a recipe "works" is not my idea of a compliment. Although I have not gotten this cookbook, I do subscribe to David's email newsletter
and every recipe I have tried from David was delicious. I am also an avid baker and have quite a cookbook collection. I cannot pass up a book that is basically a "the best of" by David Lebovitz and look forward to getting it soon.
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