- Hardcover: 560 pages
- Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; 1st edition (July 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0836278615
- ISBN-13: 978-0836278613
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.9 x 10.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 42 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Maida Heatter's Book of Great Desserts Hardcover – July 1, 1999
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About the Author
Maida Heatter, a.k.a. "the Queen of Desserts", is the author of nine classic dessert cookbooks, including the New York Times best-seller and James Beard Award-winning Maida Heatter's Book of Great Desserts. She is a member of the James Beard Foundation Hall of Fame, has been named to Cook's Magazine's Who's Who in Cooking, and was one of the first people inducted into the Chocolatier Hall of Fame. She continues to bake joyfully from her home in Florida.
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There's no point in my picking out a few great recipes in this book - you will like them all.
I have made perhaps 50% of the recipes in all her books, some a few times, some very many times. In those thousands of desserts, all but a couple were wonderful. Some dessert recipes are designed to just look good - but Maida's desserts ALWAYS taste great. Some are fancier than the others, and (particularly in her later dessert books) some take quite a bit of time to create - choose the recipe for the occasion.
This is her first cookbook and if you read it carefully she will teach you how to do everything you need. Read the introduction, get the right equipment/pans and get the right ingredients. Follow the instructions too! She is the first to point out that if you use margine instead of butter, or this instead of that, then the recipe may not work. Just do everything exactly as she says and you will be rewarded with a success EVERY time.
With very few exceptions, the ingredients needed to make her recipes are widely available. You may choose to buy the best chocolate if you like (and I try to do so), but the desserts are great regardless. She has a few flourless recipes using ground almonds, but I've not been successful in grinding my own and can't seem to buy it locally.
Without a doubt the best dessert cookbook author ever!
I carefully selected recipes that made me happy and as long as you follow directions each one will deliver a promise!!!
In the last few months, I have been ordering a lot of things for a big family party in another state, so every order is going directly to the party site. My mom-in-law gets to look at the boxes as they arrive. When this book arrived, according to her, it looked like it got messed up in printing. I called customer service and immediately the representative did his magic. He insisted on overnighting a new copy of the book at no cost (even though that wasn't necessary) and emailed me a return label to send the bad copy back. All this without me even having looked at the book! The new copy arrived in perfect condition the day after, even before mom-in-law got the bad copy to the shipper! WOW!! Seriously customer service you can definitely count on! And I know my sister will become the baker she is destined to become!