- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 1St Edition edition (April 6, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 158008138X
- ISBN-13: 978-1580081382
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1 x 11.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 126 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ready for Dessert: My Best Recipes Hardcover – April 6, 2010
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Starred Review. An elegantly-composed collection of classics and contemporary riffs, former Chez Panisse pastry chef David Lebovitz's (The Perfect Scoop) latest effort hits the sweet spot. Artfully balancing accessible recipes for novices (the simple four-ingredient Chocolate Orbit Cake, the three-ingredient Peaches in Red Wine and Pistachio, Almond and Dried Cherry Bark) with ambitious-but -worth-it desserts like Banana Cake with Mocha Frosting and Salted Candied Peanuts and White Nectarine Sorbet with Blackberries in Five-Spice Cookie Cups, Lebovitz truly has something for everyone. Can't-miss combinations like Guinness-Gingerbread Cupcakes, Cherry-Almond Cobbler, and Orange-Almond Bread Pudding are sure to inspire a trip to the market, and riffs on classics like a French apple galette (updated here with frangipane, a rich almond pastry cream) and a lush Fresh Ginger Cake will appeal to bakers whose bookshelves are already groaning with cookbooks. The inclusion of Coconut Layer Cake, Vanilla Ice Cream, Meyer Lemon Sorbet, Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Cookies, and Gingersnaps (including a fat-free variety) shows that Lebovitz also knows when not to mess with a good thing. Given its breadth, depth, and accessibility, readers with a passion for baking will be hard pressed to find a better guide to desserts this year. Photos.
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I have had time to experience three of a mounting list of the "have to try" category: Pear Tart with Brown Butter, Rum and Pecans; Red Wine-Raspberry Sorbet and Banana Butterscotch Cream Pie (which uniquely has an unbelievably good toffee smoothness and taste with its chocholate-cookie crust. These were not that difficult to pull off and had amazing success and raving compliments from guest diners. That makes about 167 more recipes to try!
It comes with excellent sections on ingredients and equipment, along with tips and alternatives on many recipes, all with Ten Speed's 'par-for-the-course' nice large format and exquisite color photos of most of the dishes.
Sure to become one of my go-to's for great dessert!