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Ready for Dessert: My Best Recipes Paperback – September 18, 2012
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The book begins with an overview of ingredients, all of which either I already have or can easily obtain in any local supermarket with the sole exception of agave nectar. Next is an overview of equipment which is again likely to be found in the kitchen of an average family. The only item I don't have is a food mill (and I live in a one bedroom apartment that does not have a lot of storage space for little-used cake pans or other extraneous items). You may notice the recipes for financiers but the recipe has been adapted for standard muffin tins so don't worry if you (like me) don't have financier molds.
I have nearly 400 cookbooks, about half of which are for dessert, and was still pleased to see so many new flavor combinations and otherwise inventive recipes in Ready for Dessert: My Best Recipes.Read more ›
They are stingy with the photographs and it is very disappointing that of the pictures included none are of some of the more elaborate desserts where you would like to see what the final product looks like. Instead there are pictures of chocolate chip cookies, pots de creme, gingersnaps, flan, bread pudding, sorbet and frozen yogurt. That is just plain annoying. I would gladly pay more for a book that is well photographed.
I have a great deal of respect for David Lebovitz and was excited to be one of the first to get a look at his new title. There are some books I can say unequivocally, buy it you will love it. This one I would recommend looking through it first to see if it is something you would enjoy.
*Update: Obviously my comments on the book struck a chord among the obsessive bakers/ cookbook collectors out there. It has been bothering me though that other than my comment on the amount of recipes included that I dismissed as too common most were really complaints the publisher was responsible for. I want to update this review with a response to a question on the quality of the recipes in the discussion section for those who don't usually check in on those...
All recipes I have tried from this book do work, and they are clearly written. Many of the recipes are adaptations of classics with David's spin.Read more ›
Author David Lebovitz is a pastry chef who garnered much of his guidance from the Chez Panisse Cafe, (a highly-renowned Berkeley, California venue), an eatery from which many other terrific cookbooks have emanated. Here's my favorite of them all, authored by the restaurant's founder: Chez Panisse Vegetables. In any case, Lebovitz has assembled 172 dessert recipes here, most of which feature mercifully brief ingredient lists. These are recipes which can pretty much all be easily managed by home cooks of moderate experience.
Here is a breakdown of the recipes:
-- Cakes (29 recipes)
-- Pies, Tarts, and Fruit Desserts (29 recipes)
-- Custards, Soufflés, and Puddings (16 recipes)
-- Frozen Desserts (32 recipes)
-- Cookies and Candies (30 recipes)
-- Basic Sauces and Preserves (36 recipes)
The recipes themselves are rendered one or two to a page and since the book format is large (8 1/2" x 11" x 3/4") it's quite easy to follow the instructions as you cook or bake. In fact, I cannot actually recall having seen a nicer recipe layout. I'm reviewing an advance proof edition so the photos in my copy are in black-and-white.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wish all recipes had photos but still a great book. If you are fun of deserts I recommend this book.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is a good book packed with recipes that are tested and dependable with good pointers on process from a pastry chef who has worked for and with the best. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Penelope
Lebovitz' recipes and descriptions are always excellent. Some purists seem to dislike the simplicity and thoughtfulness of his writing and/or recipes but, of course, that type of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by vm2
This is my favorite dessert cookbook. I want to start at the front and try every recipe! I just made the candied cherries and they are excellent.Published 12 months ago by Diana M. Spence
Not enough color pictures. Recipes are way too complicated for me. The ones I've tried haven't come out Great or anything.Published 13 months ago by humboldt honey
What a terrific cookbook! Easy to follow directions. Funny notes by the author. I collect baking cookbooks and this has become my favorite. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lynn