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Lebovitz is My Copilot
on November 14, 2016
David is one of my dessert heroes. Like a guitar hero he can rock. He knows his way around the chemistry of fundamentals. So you really learn the foundational techniques and the behavior of core ingredients. Work through this book and it transforms you into a power cook of the sweetest sort.
I chose the kindle version. It is a great buy, and even more portable than the printed format. I can slip it into a zip bag to brave the sloppiest cooking space (my battle kitchen).
He talks you through the recipes. The right hints at the right time. After a few, you actually know what you are doing, not just following directions. And he really tests his recipes. They all work. And he has the skinny, as it were, on using chocolate, coconut, gelatin, eggs (in whole or in part) and all the sweeteners. And he is not a gadget nut. You do not need an arsenel of high tech kitchen weaponry to make devastating deserts from the casual to the show stopper.
Way beyond an ample selection of cakes (Gateau Victoire will slay your guests, or how's about Guiness-Gingerbread Cupcake grenades?) and fusillades of cookies. Puddings and Trifle and tarts, oh my...