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Retro Desserts: Totally Hip, Updated Classic Desserts from the '40s, '50s, '60s, and '70s Hardcover – April 26, 2000
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Top Customer Reviews
In the books favor it does a great deal to set the theme of "Retro" recipes. Their are funny little blurbs in the text that relate you to the time in which the recipes were written. Pictures are taken that definately bring you back to your Mom's or Grandmother's cookbook. Actually the pictures are one of the best parts of this book, the pictures are quite good, and leave your mouth watering.
Complaints that I have about the recipes steam from using cornstarch in banana pudding, while it works, flour is used more traditionally, and seems to give a better flavor than cornstarch. The recipe for Banana's Foster suggests bourbon, Banana's Foster is never made with Bourbon. I also have yet to see an old recipe for Chow Mein Hay Stacks that uses coconut.
While I think the book was beautifully made. The pictures are delightful, and will take you back in time. The book has many little blurbs that are fascinating to read. The recipes aren't the best thought out, and honestly do not always seem to be the ideal representations of the dish that is represented.
The recipes are just wrong and sometimes poorly written instructions.
If I could meet the author, I would demand my money back and then punch him in the face for wasting hours of my time and nearly embarrassing me at my own dinner parties.
I was going to donate this book to a charity, but why proliferate the bad recipes and frustrate someone else. I think I will just burn the thing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I haven't had as much issue with the recipes as others. I have enjoyed the photography. What I really want to know is if anyone knows who manufactured the pastry stand on the front... Read morePublished 19 months ago by atlrick
I have to admit I bought this cookbook strictly for the photos and the trip down dessert memory lane. Read morePublished on December 5, 2013 by P Magnum
I really wanted to like this book. I am an accomplished home cook and a lover of all things retro. I have several cookbooks from the 60s and 70s that I use when I want a retro... Read morePublished on April 6, 2010 by Justin
This book is a major disappointment. First I tried making the fried spaghetti cookies, which were totally inedible. Read morePublished on June 17, 2009 by Crazy Rowdy Hightower
Such a fun cookbook! The recipes sounds great. My only complaint is there aren't more pictures of these great blasts-from-the-past.Published on February 15, 2009 by Thisoldbroad
I've had the book for a couple of years and have made many things out of it. I especailly like the key lime pie. Read morePublished on April 5, 2005 by jeremy illingworth
`Retro Desserts' by Wayne Harley Brachman, noted Bobby Flay pastry chef and colleague, is, with no great surprise to me, about as much like similarly titled kitsch books as the... Read morePublished on February 2, 2005 by B. Marold
I totally loved this book. It isn't hard to see why Mr. Brachman was selected as one of the ten best pastry chefs in America, he may well be the next Martha Stewart! Read morePublished on May 12, 2002 by James L. Rucker