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Cocolat: Extraordinary Chocolate Desserts Hardcover – October 1, 1990
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Beautiful desserts from Medrich's California pastry shops, which have gained a national reputation for their chocolate creations. Her famous truffles are here, along with elaborate cakes, tortes, and even a few nonchocolate desserts. Many of them are based on classic French pastries, but novice bakers will find the author's production tips and clear instructions valuable, and professionals may pick up a few useful shortcuts along with ideas for eye-catching presentations. Expensive, but recommended for most pastry collections.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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and the instructions seem easy enough to follow. Just glad that I made someone so happy. the book arrived in excellent condition on time and was packaged very well. will definitely order from again need be in the future.
Here's another story. A friend asked me to do a bunch of cooking for her retirement party. I showed her six desserts from this book, together with the absolutely edible pictures. Of course, I thought she'd want one or two. Nope. She wanted all of them! Well, hey, if you like to cook and the cookbook is foolproof, what else can you say but "Of course!" Eventually she scaled it back a little but by then I had made everything she asked for and tested them on the kind guinea people at the office. Five straight hits. FIVE!
One tip: If you make the Citrus Tart, on page 142, read the note about organic lemons and oranges. I tried it first with ordinary citrus. It was disappointing. On the second try, with the organic stuff, it sparkled. Hey, the note is right there to see. I'm just telling you this author has it together, so pay attention.
Kind of as an afterthought, I knocked out a batch of Meringue Mushrooms for the party but they didn't get out to the table on time. Later, discovering them untouched, I wandered around and let people have just one. It was wild to see some of the peculiar looks on some of the faces! Even better, though, was to hear the laughs of delight behind me as I took the few remaining `shrooms to the next table. Any food that makes grownups laugh with delight must have merit.
Thank you, Ms. Medrich. Some people think I'm sort of a chef. I hope they don't read this review!
My original copy was lost and I went into sticker shock when I saw the price of replacing it now that it is out of print. Oh well..it is worth it.