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Salty Sweets: Delectable Desserts and Tempting Treats With a Sublime Kiss of Salt Hardcover – September 17, 2009
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Christie Matheson has done us all a great favor by demonstrating how salt brings out the best in all kinds of sweets. Her recipes will not only excite your palate but make you want to explore the world of salt as a superb flavor enhancer for desserts. --Carole Bloom, author of Bite-Size Desserts, The Essential Baker, and Truffles, Candies, & Confections
Salty Sweets is full of mouthwatering recipes that highlight the delicious alchemy between sweet and savory flavors. One taste of Matheson's homemade caramels with fleur de sel, truly addictive Sweet and Salty Pecans, or Nantucket Sea Salt Ice Cream, and you'll be hooked. --Jill O'Connor, author of Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey: Desserts for the Serious Sweet Tooth
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There is little inspiration included in this book. Basic chocolate chip cookies with an extra bit of coarse salt sound fine, and I'm sure I'll try it the next time I make a batch, but I've already been experimenting with that -- it isn't rocket science. I took a basic banana walnut muffin recipe and added bittersweet chocolate chunks and topped each with a tiny pinch of coarse sea salt. They were delicious. Should I write a cookbook? There rests the problem in looking at a grouping of largely basic recipes and finding the main change is a pinch of salt. It just isn't enough -- the recipes need to be fresh new creations, not old standbys.
Do we need another recipe for Snickerdoodles, Peanut Butter Fudge or Hot Cocoa? Well, actually we do if there is a fabulous twist that brings new life to an old favorite, but that takes more than a pinch of salt, and you won't find that in this book. Naming a few more of the inspirational recipes -- S'Mores, yes, they are included, along with Kettle Corn and Dark Chocolate Covered Pretzels.Read more ›
It is a very chatty cookbook, with copious annotations about the author's life and her favorites, as well of those of her friends and family. This may not be to everyone's taste.
This is the perfect cookbook to reach for when making desserts for people who prefer salty snacks. It would also make a nice gift for someone whose cooking skills are not well developed but who wants to make something that seems to be a step above basic Betty Crocker recipes.
Christie Matheson puts together a collection of recipes that are well written, along with beautiful photography. Want a book that has a picture of every recipe? You want this book. I like her primer on salt, for afterall there is more than table salt that we all see in salt shakers everywhere. These different salts really do taste differently, and have different applications. For example, Fleur de Sel is hand harvested salt from France that goes well with fish.
The recipes include many wonderful basic recipes where the use of salt is fantastic. Salted caramels, are heavenly, in fact, I can hardly think of them without salt any longer. Chocolate chip cookies with a light dusting of sea salt along with semi sweet chocolate chips should have been done years ago. The Decadent Hot Chocolate, was decadent. A critism of this book may be that none of these recipes are completely new, but rather this is a collection of good recipes with salt sprinkled in, but it is sprinkled in brilliantly. If you are looking for a new way to do desserts I would definately consider picking up this book and trying this one out.
There are recipes for all sorts of desserts: candy (salted caramels), dessert sauces (milk chocolate sauce), cakes (carrot cake), cookies (nantucket cookies), and other desserts (ice creams, fruit desserts).
The only recipe that I was a little disappointed with was the chocolate chip cookie recipe. If you're looking for a great salty/sweet chocolate chip cookie recipe, I would suggest the NY Times chocolate chip cookie recipe instead.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this cookbook for my mom and we love it! The cupcakes pictured on the cover are to die for.Published 5 months ago by Caroline
Salty and sweet have always been a nice combination and this book showcases some nice, fairly simple to make recipes for your sweet tooth. Read morePublished on July 19, 2012 by Menthol Rum
I don't get into the kitchen much but when I do, I like to have the right info in frontof me. This book hit all the right (salty) notes as it took me through how to make... Read morePublished on November 10, 2011 by Dave Whitney
Salty Sweets is based on the trend of the past few years to make sweets that have a hint of salt. Now, adding salt to baked goods is nothing new, but it capitalizes on the recent... Read morePublished on March 17, 2011 by Adrian Black
I was anticipating this book as I thought it'd be a creative mix of savory and sweet - such spicy and sweet nuts, fruits with something savory, etc. Read morePublished on January 27, 2011 by shoebox36
Buying a used book through Amazon is a great way of expanding one's library at excellent prices. I heard the author of this book interviewed on public radio and immediately looked... Read morePublished on January 13, 2011 by Nicole B.
I love "salty" food and salty/sweet dessert! Growing up in Thailand, most of Thai dessert usually served warm, mostly made from sugar, coconut milk and salt. Read morePublished on December 16, 2010 by M Family
This has become the second most used cookbook in our house behind Joy of Cooking. The desserts are wonderful as written, but the recipes are basic enough that you can play around... Read morePublished on November 18, 2010 by Steven J. Prowse
The majority of the recipes were easy to prepare and quite tasty. There are some great bake sale ideas in here and a must have if you're a PTO mom. Read morePublished on October 19, 2010 by kiwanissandy