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Dam Good Sweet: Desserts To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth, New Orleans Style Hardcover – November 10, 2009
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Having said that, I absolutely love this cookbook. Desserts straight from New Orleans that are easy to make and quite possibly the best I have ever tasted (the Red Velvet Cake, when made correctly, is hands down THE BEST Red Velvet recipe ever). The Buttermilk Beignet recipe was also great, though they do need to be eaten immediately after frying; we found that they didn't keep well at all. What really stood out to me was the stories about landmark New Orleans locations and foods. After many recipes he includes information on Louisiana Pecans, Strawberries, Cane Syrup, Cafe du Monde, Leidenheimer Bread, etc. These tributes to the staples of the New Orleans community are well written and interesting, giving a glimpse of what has shaped the recipes in the book.Read more ›
This book is part memoir, part cookbook and part tribute to the legends who have fallen to the ravages of time, natural disaster and the economy. The author, a renowned pastry chef was a rambunctious child living in New Orleans. In an effort to deter him from a path of juvenile delinquency, his family sent him off to stay with his Aunt Boo. While in exile he learned to love cooking and after a few missteps found a profession as a pastry chef. Now living in DC, he is a consultant. The book contains appetizing color photographs of the food and black and whites of the New Orleans of the past. The author has a fresh, engaging style devoid of sappy sentimentality but full of sincerity.
The real test of any cookbook are the recipes. As the arctic chill hit New York, I made the double chocolate bread pudding, substituting challah for the brioche. The bread soaked up most of the custard and the bourbon caramel sauce was a delight. It was an elegant riff on an old favorite. February is a big birthday month for me and this year it was my turn to bring the cake. Red Velvet cakes are always impressive although the cake itself can be a bit bland. This one set a new standard. Rich and moist, you can taste the chocolate and it is visually stunning. Finally, I tried the pralines. They were creamy and delicious and surprisingly easy to make. The recipes are not particularly difficult although some are labor intensive. Most of the ingredients required are available at the local supermarket or natural foods store. The author is generous with his tips and resources.Read more ›
The fifty recipes that make up DamGoodSweet: Desserts to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth, New Orleans Style are derived from historic recipes of times past. Each one serves as a tribute to the true New Orleans culture.
Some of my favorite recipes that bring New Orleans to my own kitchen included:
Red Velvet Cake
Just the mention of the above listed recipes puts a smile on my face as I remember the last time I visited New Orleans. Each recipe brings back fond memories of a city that I can't wait to revisit.
What is so unique about this book is the author intertwines the recipes with famous New Orleans landmarks. With the Buttermilk Beignet recipes a history lesson of the French Market and Cafe Du Monde is presented. This historic detail gives a greater appreciation of the recipe and its origin.
DamGoodSweet: Desserts to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth, New Orleans Style is a cookbook that you absolutely will fall in love with. Each recipe captures the magical beauty and radiance of New Orleans. This book will become a priceless addition to your cookbook collection. You will find yourself consulting it when you want to make an extra special dessert.
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Excellent New Orleans specialty sweets and dessert recipes and a fun read.Published 11 months ago by JUDE JACKSON
well put together and interesting desserts from a wonderful cityPublished 15 months ago by Karen Kimmons
I've made two recipes from this book: the Lemon Ice Box Pie and the Chocolate Pecan Pie. Both were absolute winners. Completely delicious. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Les Ismore
I recommend this for anyone who can handle the calories and the banana pudding recipe is worth the price of the book.Published on March 3, 2014 by jacqueline w asbury
NICE RECIPES, USED BOOK PURCHASED IN GREAT CONDITION......SOME RECIPES LOOK PRETTY INTERESTING AND I HAVE EAR-MARKED A FEW I WILL TRY THIS FALL ONCE I AM IN NESTING... Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by M. Mack
Very fun background for each recipe. I love the passionate sharing of the history for each recipe. I sometimes felt like I lived in New Orleans!Published on August 20, 2013 by Diane O'Neill
I purchased this book as gift for a friend and fortunately one for myself as well. All the recipes I've tried so far have turned out to be uncommonly delicious. Read morePublished on August 14, 2013 by Margaret MacDonald