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Sweet Serendipity: Delightful Desserts and Devilish Dish Hardcover – July 2, 2004
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"…includes recipes and stories and is a delightful read for anyone who loves foods and sweets and stories of old New York City." –AM New York
Top Customer Reviews
This was quickly grasped by customer base of the famous who liked the scene and made it theirs and everyone else who wanted their frozen/hot dessert drinks and rich, whipcreamed topped dessert plates.
Now, the rest of us who haven't made the scene firsthand can have the treats in our own confines. Neat treats they are, i.e. The Manor Born Banana Cake with Coffee Buttercream; Mississippi Mud Cake; Summerhouse Cake; Nutty Ned's Walnut Bars; Lemon Ice Box Pie (great story here of first cooks' obtaining free fur coat saving labels from key ingredient condensed milk labels); Schrafft's Tutti Frutti Chiffon Pie; and their infamous "Frrrrozzzen Hot Chocolate". This is fun to eat/drink/slurp stuff!!!
This is fun collection. The stories and favorite seats of famous and rest of stories are as good as recipes. Not that difficult of technique or ingredients, one can find much "serendipity" with these! For chochoholics, check out Marcel Desaulniers wonderful books!
One of three co-founders says it well: "It's a cozy place where dream-sized desserts and ice cream parlor whimsy lull you into a fantasy of another day and age."
The book is filled with wonderful little recipes that everyone should have. They aren't spectacular. They aren't professional grade. They aren't the kind of recipe that it will take 2 weeks to locate the ingredients and another 6 hours to create the dessert. But that is exactly what seredipity is all about. If you know anything about the actual store/shop/restaurant...they never were into the harder-then-heck kind of recipes. They took simple things, and gave them a style all their own. And all of New York...and eventually the rest of the world...loved it!
The recipes are definitley "yummy." Every single one. The pictures are to die for. Every single one. :) I brought this book to work and had a 1/2 a dozen people ask me when i was making "this" or when I was making "that"...then they'd point to a picture and drool. :)
....but as I began with, this book has more than just recipies in it. It has seredipity's history....written by one of the owners himself. A very interesting read. And it's not just a 1/2 of a page long. It's lengthy. The book is worth it's price just for this read. On almost every page there is a 'snippit' or 'story' from Serendipities history. Feel good stories. Hollywood-siting stories. Stories that will make you want to go to the actual location if you have never been there.
Did you know that Robin Williams brough a little girl who was dying of a life-threatening disease to Serendipity...treated her to lunch....and kept her laughing for hours on end? This book tells you things like that.Read more ›
You don't have to know anything about the place, though, because the book will bring you up to speed. Serendipity, billed as restaurant and general store, opened in 1954 and, while it serves entrees too, it's most famous for its desserts. That's all you find here -- along with charming text about the restaurant's history, plus anecdoates about and testimonials from all sorts of famous patrons (such as James Lipton, Alec Baldwin, Ron Howard, Yoko Ono). In a lot of cookbooks, the name-dropping can be annoying or precious, but here the stories are really fun. (For example, a fan asked the man standing next to her, "Oooh, is that Meg Ryan?" The unrecognized Dennis Quaid said yes, it was.)
Ultimately, though, this is a cookbook with over 100 cakes and desserts, all beautifully photographed. To my mild surprise, these are all very good recipes... but they aren't amazing. Sure, there's the famous frozen hot chocolate (which is depressingly simple; the secret ingredient is instant hot chocolate mix!). But for the most part, this is a set of perfectly adequate recipes for carrot cake, chocolate blackout cake, bourbon-pecan balls, pecan pie. The pecan pie, for example, has predictable ingredients -- just eggs, sugar, corn syrup, pecans, pie crust -- not even molasses or a drop of booze as a variation.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love it, haven't made a recipe yet, but was excited to see Brett Barra, one of my favorite DIY TV personalities was one of the authors. Yay!Published 16 months ago by Leuri Zibetti
I first went to Serendipity when I was around 20. I am now 71. My then boyfriend took me there. It was a magical place in a brownstone, with Tiffany lamps hanging all over the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Eudice G
We like it because we have been to NY's Serendipity III.
When we tried out the Apple pie recipe, it was super yummy!
Bought this cookbook for my husband to reminisce about our anniversary trip to NYC, Serendipity being one of the highlights. Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by Dominomom
Serendipity is a New york City favorite. I have been there. Sweet Serendipity tells things I did not know from my visit.Published on March 4, 2013 by dusty
I bought this for a gift and ended up reading every page! Very interesting story along with a delicious cookbook!Published on June 14, 2009 by C. Gilkison
If you like rich and delicious desserts, this is the book for you. I have already made several recipes from this book and they all turned out great! Read morePublished on December 31, 2008 by N. Pan