- Paperback: 94 pages
- Publisher: mugen LLC; 1st edition (November 30, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 097729370X
- ISBN-13: 978-0977293704
- Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7.5 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,011,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Love, Eric: Delicious Vegan Macrobiotic Desserts Paperback – November 30, 2005
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I am not a macrobiotic cook but I am a vegan. I owned many vegan cookbooks but this particular one is dedicated to desserts. The style of the desserts in this book is European or French Japanese style so the desserts are not too sweet. I used to go to French Japanese bakeries in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles and love their desserts and pastries. After being a vegan, I was deprived of this kind of desserts. Not anymore! Thanks to Chef Eric Lechasseur. If you are looking for a very sweet fudgy brownie recipe, this cookbook is not for you. But if you looking for a healthy, elegant, but delicious European style desserts, this is the perfect cookbook!
There is NO REFINED SUGAR, DAIRY, and EGGS in the recipes. I would like to try more recipes like Tiramisu, Blueberry Pinenut Pie, Upside-down Berry Pie, Chocolate Raspberry Charlotte, and Adzuki Roll. Hhmmm....they all looks so good.
I have been to M Cafe De Chaya once and fell in love with their desserts. Eric Lechausser is the pastry chef of this restaurant and that's how I got his cookbook. He is brilliant! As the previous reviewer said, I live 1 hour away from M Cafe but it was worth it to fight the crazy traffic in Melrose Ave and 101 Fwy. to dine and eat desserts at M Cafe.
Now the disappointing news- I do not think anyone tested some of these recipes. If you look at some of the baked goods, you will find an overabundance of liquid per dry ingredients.
I have tried 2 of the recipes, neither of which came out well. I first tried the Kabocha Pound Cake. The taste was great but the batter was thinner than pancake batter and took over twice as long to bake. (It is NOT my oven as I keep an oven thermometer in it.) Looking at the recipe even before I made the cake, I thought the dry to wet ratio was a bit odd. I don't think the recipes were tested OR edited.
Next I tried the azuki rolls. Again- wet to dry was suspect. I had to pour off some water from the cooked beans, although that is not a step in the process. Even with that, the dough was so loose, I could not roll it up. I have worked with delicate dough before, including philo, and have never had an issue before. The baked rolls were good but were so crumbly they fell apart. They were more like super delicate shortbread than an actual roll.
I am now very wary of trying other recipes in the book. I really want to try all of them. Someone here mentioned that they tried the biscotti and had no trouble. I will definitely make them as the recipe has some positive feedback.
If you have the book, and have made some of the recipes, please post your results. I would be very interested to know which ones work. In the meantime, if I attempt to make any of the other baked goods, I will update my post.
Some of the recipes are great(macaroons,truffles,pain perdu), however some of the others were not tested by the author.
They are often very involved and require special ingredients and equipment (madeleine pans anyone?) and still don't turn out looking as you'd expect. This is especially disappointing after all the work, if it's for something special.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sometimes there are a lot of ingredients but the end result is wonderful. Healthy desserts that are healthy! Reasonably priced & I feel it was money well spent.Published on February 15, 2011 by S. K.
I totally recommend that you get this book. Especially if you're a person who is perpetually dieting to lose weight, or you're a person who has medical conditions that require you... Read morePublished on November 14, 2009 by Chico Marx
After reading through this book and looking at the pictures, I found the desserts to be simply astonishing. Eric has put much love into this book, staying true to the title. Read morePublished on October 6, 2008 by Joel I. Klass
This dessert book is, first of all, absolutely gorgeous!! the photographs are beautiful and the food styling is excellent - absolutely world class in every way!! Read morePublished on September 19, 2006 by gospel music fan