- Hardcover: 253 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow & Co; 1st edition (March 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0688083005
- ISBN-13: 978-0688083007
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.3 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #822,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sweet Times: Simple Desserts for Every Occasion Hardcover – March, 1991
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From Publishers Weekly
New York City patissier and food writer Greenspan can step into the Sugar Plum Fairy's shoes with this generously detailed collection of dessert recipes, all so clear and complete that the author's hortatory presence would seem to hover in the kitchen of even a novice. Offerings are grouped according to the "time and day and mood" each suits: "Breakfast, Brunch, and Lunch Mates: Sweets to Get You Through the Day"; "Comfort on a Spoon: Sweets to Snuggle up With," etc. Every recipe is followed by notes on serving, storing, how to make the "best match" (menu suggestions),stet and "playing around" (variations and tips on alternate presentations). Egalitarian in her acclaim for shortcuts, Greenspan invokes such supermarket conveniences as frozen puff pastry (used in her quick prune pithiviers, for example) and canned pumpkin puree (banana-pumpkin pie). Cooks with an eye on the clock will be tantalized by "apple paper thins" (a "pizza of buttery, sugary apples") and the elegant chocolate-Amaretti torte known as "15-minute magic." Illustrations not seen by PW. Better Homes & Gardens Book Club main selection; first serial to Family Circle.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Ms. Greenspan excels at clearly outlining the process for each of her divine creations, forewarning the reader of possible pitfalls and anticipating the inexperienced baker's panic points. I love that she describes what a batter will look like AS it's being mixed, instructing her readers to be patient if something seems off and reassuring the novice every step of the way.
Yet the book isn't overly wordy or self-praising. It's beautifully illustrated, and, most importantly, the recipes are easy and delicious.
I do hope the publishers will recirculate this gem!