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Maida Heatter's Book of Great Desserts Hardcover – July 1, 1999
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I am happy to say that this book lives up to expectations. On the most basic level, it contains recipes for virtually all the famous desserts you can think of. So, in very modest terms, the book can be seen as a collection of recipes for those desserts that have achieved greatness by enduring in popularity all these years, going back long before Ms. Heatter came on the stage.
This reassuringly long (528 pages for a scant $26.95 list) book has 22 chapters covering virtually every major type of dessert you can think of. These are:
Tortes (European `cakes' with little or no flour) such as the Linzer Torte, Dobosh Torte, and my own favorite Hungarian walnut torte.
Chocolate Cakes and Layer Cakes such as the Devils Food Cake and the Rum Chocolate Layer Cake
CoffeeCakes, Nut Cakes, FruitCakes, and Cakes Made with Fruit such as the Carrot Loaf, Pumpkin Cake, Banana-Nut Cake, and Walnut-Peach Kuchen.
Plain, Loaf, and Other Old-Fashioned Cakes such as a sponge cake, marble loaf cake, and buttermilk spice cake.
Pound Cakes, such as the King's (as in Elvis) Pound Cake and the Black and White Pound Cake.
Cookie Jar Cookies (sturdy cookies not prone to break easily) such as Oatmeal cookies, Hungarian Butter Biscuits, and French Chocolate Wafers.Read more ›
I am not a dessert cook--just a dessert eater--but my wife has cooked from the book under review for nearly 30 years and she raves about it. I can attest to the reliability and very quality of the results, due in no small part to my wife's religious devotion to the precise details of Heatter's instructions.
Here is what Maida Heatter writes in her Introduction:
"I have cooked and tested every one of the recipes in this book over and over so that they are worked out perfectly. But in order for these recipes to work for you as they do for me, it is of utmost importance that you follow every direction exactly" (xi).
These desserts are beyond good--they are perfect. Your family and your guests will be knocked over. Many recipes have become family classics that get passed around again and again.
Recommended most highly and without reservation.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
THIS IS THE GOLD STANDARD OF DESERT COOK BOOKS, I THINK....GET IT AND YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED, NOR WILL THE PERSONS YOU COOK OR BAKE FOR, AS THE RECIPES ARE TERRIFIC. Read morePublished 10 months ago by D. J. Singer
Great book...delivered as described and would shop this seller again!Published 23 months ago by Christine Orantes
EVERY recipe that I have tried out of any of her books has worked perfectly for me. I bake for students on a personal level and there hasn't been one recipe that they haven't... Read morePublished on February 27, 2014 by cricka
There has never been a better book of desserts. The recipes are perfect and easy to follow. Not all recipes are written equally and this book is a must.Published on September 17, 2013 by ANNK