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November 9, 2008

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I admit it; I could happily live on breakfast alone. More specifically, luscious quick breads, muffins, and pastries. I have over two dozen baking books, but I still enjoy seeking out new recipes for pound cakes, quick breads, and international pastries such as danishes, croissants, and...

November 1, 2008

Robb Walsh’s “Tex-Mex Cookbook” is more than a mere collection of authentic (and excellent) Tex-Mex recipes: it’s a loving tribute to the development of Tex-Mex cuisine, Tejano culture, and the pioneering restaurants (and their owners) that launched Tex-Mex into popular American culture and...

October 24, 2008

I first saw Baked: New Frontiers in Baking while on vacation. My willpower not to buy any more baking books lasted for exactly one week until I swooped into my local bookstore, drooled, purchased, raced home, and whipped up a killer batch of the Baked Brownie. The balance of chocolate (11 ou...

September 21, 2008

Nancie McDermott’s Southern Cakes gathers some of the South’s most well-known delights: pristine fluffy coconut cakes, deliciously oozy jelly cakes, red velvet cake, pineapple upside-down cake, Mississippi mud, all the way to that towering confection, Lady Baltimore cake, rich with raisins,...

September 14, 2008

In Brown Sugar: Soul Food Desserts from Family and Friends, Joyce White, author ofSoul Food: Recipes and Reflections from African-American Churches, turns her attention to sweet endings. Brown Sugar gathers traditional Southern comfort desserts such as lacy wafer cookies, pecan sand tarts, g...

July 30, 2008

Patty Pinner, author of Sweety Pies: An Uncommon Collection of Womanish Observations, with Pie, revisits the sweet desserts of her childhood in her first book Sweets, along with memories of growing up in Saginaw and of her family from Mississippi. The book is graced with vintage black-and-wh...

July 15, 2008

Doris Schecter’s At Oma’s Table is part memoir, part cookbook. It begins with her early memories of life in Vienna, then as a refugee in Italy and later the United States. Filled with vintage photographs of the author and her family, the introduction would have made a fascinating full-length...

July 12, 2008

Patty Pinner, author of the phenomenalSweets: Soul Food Desserts & Memories, grew up in a large African-American family that had relocated to Michigan from the South. In Sweety Pies, she collects 70 recipes for various kinds of pies, including fruit, nut, cereal, cream and custard, sweet veg...

April 27, 2008

Gina DePalma’s Dolce Italiano: Desserts from the Babbo Kitchen collects a treasure trove of desserts and savories from Mario Batali’s Babbo restaurant (The Babbo Cookbook) in NYC. There are several forewords, including one by Mario Batali himself and Colum Sheehan, wine director of Babbo. Gi...

March 18, 2008

Sherry Yard, the executive pastry chef for Wolfgang Puck Worldwide, has created a mouthwatering, memorable dessert bible in Desserts by the Yard: From Brooklyn to Beverly Hills-Recipes from the Sweetest Life Ever. Beginning with some vintage photographs, there is a glowing foreword by Wolfga...

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