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Sweet Serendipity: Delightful Desserts and Devilish Dish Hardcover – July 2, 2004
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Serendipity 3, Manhattans beloved ice cream parlor, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and to mark the event, one of its co-founders has collected mouth-watering recipes for the restaurants best desserts, as well as tidbits of gossip from his years serving stars. The books color photographs and lighthearted design capture the eclectic splendor of the Upper East Side destination, which serves up such favorites as Mississippi Mud Cake, Aunt Bubas Sand Tarts and Ftatateetas Toast. A whole chapter is devoted to the most lavishly praised dessert, Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, along with its many variations. For those not counting calories, an explosion of sundaes in the last chapter, such as the Cheesecake Vesuvius Sundae, will hit the spot. The only thing missing is an explanation for the origin of each dessert. As for the gossip, Bruce provides glimpses of Marilyn Monroe, wearing only a trench coat and eating Fudge Pie, and reveals that Sylvester Stallone was turned down for a waiter position because his astrological sign didnt meet the owners approval. Best of all is the introduction that remembers three "roommates in a humble cold-water flat" who took $500, some family recipes and their own unique style to create the restaurant. Readers will want to take a break from creating the sugary delights to ponder Bruces advice to "let life take you where it may." Sugar-lovers everywhere will be glad it took Bruce and his cohorts to Serendipity 3.
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"...flipping through page after page of over-the-top desserts is sometimes just the “afternoon snack” I crave. Serendipity 3’s stunning new cookbook -- released in honor of the famed New York dessert boutique’s 60th anniversary -- takes the edge off, and then some." -Kevin Sharkey, Executive Editorial Director of Martha Stewart Living
"…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
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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. Did you know that the owners wouldn't even give the recipe of Frozzzen Hot Chocolate to the First Lady? The book tells you that story too.
And,yes .....the book does include the infamous 'Frozzzen Hot Chocolate' recipe that they have become famous for. No, it doesn't tell you exactly what kind of chocolate they use (they'd go out of business if they gave it up!)....but it gives you a start. Use your own chocoalte kind-of recipe. It also includes variations of the hot-chocoalte recipe. Very fun.
If you are a cook cook collector this book is a must for your shelf. Put it right next to your entertaining books from Williams-Sonoma. :) If you have a friend that is a collector and you are trying to find a book that will stand out from all of the other ones that they own......Stop looking...THIS IS IT! I promise! :)
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."
Most recent customer reviews
The desserts are fabulous and I am so greatful the Stephen finally decided to...Read more