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Bon Appetit Desserts: The Cookbook for All Things Sweet and Wonderful Hardcover – November 2, 2010
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Overall this is a good dessert book, especially if you love to bake & you have a sweet tooth. they do have many variations (they have 5 different versions of creme brulee!!) If you are a dessert lover, then this book is a must have.
The books begins with pantry and equipment suggestions and then techniques which might be helpful to many. The techniques sections uses illustrations where I believe pictures would have been better. For example, showing dough textures on page 37 is meaningless to the reader. We would suggest that the editor change this in the next version. From here we move to the recipes that starts with cakes.
There does not seem to be any order to how the recipes are organized in each section. There are subsections (example 5 in cakes), but if this was targeted for a large audience then perhaps sections should have started with the one whisk recipes and then moved to the four whisk recipes in each section. The pictures are well done but limited in scope. We have all seen magazines begin to have a light table grid of recipe pictures that could have played well here. At the beginning of each section they could have a 9 photo grid of each recipe and then cut back on the full page pictures. I enjoy pictures and cookbooks can always be lacking in too few of them. Pictures make me want to make the recipe.
The tips and layout of the recipes are good. The recipes selections would keep one entertained in desserts for quite a while with many visits to the treadmill. Our first recipe was a Cranberry Lime tart that did not disappoint. The holiday season will bring some other trials.Read more ›
This is one of those cookbooks that anyone can use no matter what level of cooking experience because the recipes are well-written with plenty of explanation and diagrams. Also included are chapters on what kinds of foods to keep on hand in the pantry, equipment basics, and techniques explained.
Every kind of dessert is covered: cakes and cupcakes; pies, tarts, and pastries; custards and puddings, fruit desserts, frozen desserts, cookies, bars and brownies, candy, and even a chapter devoted to cheesecake. I like that most of the recipes use regular ingredients that are easily found in any grocery store. The traditional recipes for things like classic chocolate chip cookies, apple pie, and chocolate cake can be found alongside unique offerings such as Mai Tai Sorbet, Cherry Creme Brulee, Hazelnut Macaroon and Strawberry Tart, Hazelnut Praline Cheesecake, and Lemon Raspberry Cupcakes.
Whether needing a dessert for a casual pot-luck dinner or something elegant for a bridal shower or a tea, I can find it all in this one book.
A must for those who love fresh baked goods, not those wooden creations that have been shelved for the long run, and for those not afraid to try an eclectic array of flavors. Enjoy! :)
I've recently tried the Red Velvet cake in here, on my quest for the perfect RV recipe - sad to say, I was disappointed. I like my rv cakes to have a hint of red amd a burst of chocolate flavor. The red was a mistake on my part, I used gel instead of liquid(only half the amount - was still to much). The chocolate was theirs - 2 tbs of Cocoa? unsweetened? Most recipes call for dutch process and for a quarter cup (4 tbs). And in place of oil they used butter, rm temp. which left the cake moist anyway so no big deal. I still like this book for it pairings, but there should be no failures. I'll continue to try...
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Tons of desserts and great recipes. I think this is more of a dessert recipes reference guide. The book is a little large for my taste but I enjoy some of the recipes. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Eduardo
In my Southern community there are people who are introduced by their hallmark dessert: "This is Isabelle, she makes the most divine pecan cake". Read morePublished 19 months ago by gingergal
WOW. When I make desserts I often use the Bon Appetit cookbook. I think the dessert chapter is the best feature of that book. Read morePublished 20 months ago by C.P.