Master baker Carole Bloome’s Bite-Size Desserts is the go-to resource for any serious baker craving a variety of miniaturized dessert options. Bite-Size is stocked with elegantly simple recipes that are especially suited to a conceptually refined dessert course. Stocked with over ninety delicately decadent dessert recipes, Bite-Size boasts simple ingredient lists and gorgeous visuals to inspire the seasoned baker. So whether you’re after richly simple fare like “Green Tea Truffles” or something more complex like “Mocha Souffles with Cacao Nib Whipped Cream,” Bloome’s Bite-Size has an itsy-bitsy recipe that’s perfect for your menu.
The splendor of a candy store window comes home in this approachable guide to the techniques and tools of the confectionary. Master Baker Peter Greweling applies his years of experience in and out of the kitchen (as a professor of Pastry Arts at the C.I.A.) to this comprehensive, but still user-friendly resource. With an introduction on the equipment and ingredients of the confectioner’s kitchen and chapters on everything from the “Master Techniques” to “Brittles, Toffees, and Taffies” to “Fudge, Fondant, and Pralines,” Chocolates and Confections could easily outfit any kitchen for the serious—and seriously sweet—business of candy production.
Whatever Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito did in their former days jobs, it’s clear they’re serious about sweets. And it’s not just because they’re wearing ties and overly serious expressions in the early pages of Baked Explorations, their second literary endeavor under the auspices of Baked. The duo are regular pastry evangelists, traveling the country in search of “pockets of regionalism in an increasingly homogeneous America,” searching for the written history of American baking, whether it’s tucked away in cookbooks, kitchen drawers or any of the small sweet shops scattered across America. Whether they’re unearthing forgotten classics of old like the Whoopie Pies or reconfiguring much-abused classics like the Chiffon Pie or Grasshopper Sundae, their aim with this ample, deliciously photographed cookbook is simple: to (re)introduce the national palate to the tender-crumbed, cream-whipped, chocolate-chipped staples of American dessert. It’s like getting a fresh baked cookie from Grandma, except it’s two grown men with a serious set of sweet teeth. In an age rich with pastry nostalgia, home and professional cooks alike should get, well, Baked.
2004 IACP Cookbook of the Year; 2004 IACP Award Winner for Single Subject Category; The time when home bakers had only one choice of baking chocolate is long passed. Today, we have an entire new generation of chocolates to choose from: chocolates with less sugar, more cocoa bean solids, and definitely more flavor. These "new chocolates"--called percentage chocolates--beg for the creation of new recipes and a fresh take on the classics. With Bittersweet, the "First Lady of Chocolate" gives the new-generation chocolates and chocolate nibs--the ground-up roasted hulls of cocoa beans that are the new chocolate chip--a starring role.
Acclaimed chef, baker and teacher Bev Shaffer is also an avid brownie lover and in her Complete Guide for Brownie Lovers she provides a gigantic compendium of all things brownie. After a brief history of brownies, Shaffer divides her chapters by brownie type (e.g. “Classic Brownies: New and Old Favorites,” “Just a Little Fruity,” “White Chocolate Versions”) and ends with chapters on pairings, toppings, ingredient preferences, and sourcing information. The book is extremely user friendly and offers recipes that span the gamut from chewy banana brownies to a sophisticated but chipotle-flecked fudge brownie. Whether the reader wants to elevate a traditional brownie with upscale presentation or find the perfect ingredient to add an extra layer of texture, richness, or spice to a favorite recipe, Shaffer has the brownie recipe to match.
Former apprentice to Francois Payard at New York’s Daniel and pastry chef at Easthampton’s beloved Nick & Toni’s, Chef Lauren Chattman is a chef with serious credentials – and a serious love of cake. In this ode to cakes old and new, chef Chattman provides recipes for cakes worthy of space in the precious countertop “cake keeper.” Her cakes, from “Neoclassic Gingerbread” to “Pear Cake with Sea-Salted Caramel Sauce,” are suited to all occasions by their varying levels of intricacy, the use of modern updates, and bold flavor combinations that incorporate ethnic influences. Chattman provides a basic introduction to the tools, techniques, and ingredients common to cake baking as well as a few valuable personal tips, ensuring that every serious reader can get as serious about cake as Chattman herself.
Lindsey Shere, pastry chef at Chez Panisse since 1971, shares recipes for basic pastries, cookies, cakes, and creams grouped around their dominant ingredient--from apples and berries to dried fruits, chocolate, wine, and spirits. The subtle, surprising results complement seasonal menus. Color photos.
Pastry chef, instructor, TV producer, chocolatier, cookbook author and general guru of all things chocolate Susie Norris delivers a gem of a book dedicated to the culture and cuisine her favorite subject. Not only does Norris provide chocolate recipes to sate even the most demanding choco-philes, she offers an introduction to the world of chocolate that opens up the much-loved, if oft underestimated, ingredient to a wider appreciation. Norris wants her reader to get to know chocolate on a more intimate level, whether that reader is pastry chef, fellow chocolatier, or mere enthusiast; she offers instructions on setting up a “tasting flight” for chocolate after the fashion of wine and provides lists of online resources useful for purchasing and further education. In addition to a wealth of savory and sweet recipes featuring chocolate, Norris’ book delves into the varieties, origins, and uses of chocolate, as well as its health benefits, gift-giving potential, and topical quotes from fellow chocolate lovers.
From the trendiest destination restaurants to home kitchens all over the country, the popularity of chocolate cake never wanes. Now virtually every favorite rendition of this beloved dessert is available in one luscious cookbook. Join noted author and pastry chef Michele Urvater as she reveals the secrets of creating cakes that live up to your richest fantasies.
Ten years after its original publication, Death by Chocolate remains the ultimate chocolate dessert cookbook. It won the James Beard Award, inspired a television show, and has sold over 100,000 copies. All of the original mouthwatering recipes remain, now supplemented by many new recipes carefully crafted by master chef Marcel Desaulniers.
San Francisco has proved itself a hotbed of interesting pastry, the path to which was laid in part by Elizabeth Falkner, a spiky haired rebel of a pastry chef with a reputation for spiking her sweet with savory, and vice versa, and for cheeky dish titles (like “Waking Up in a City that Never Sleeps,” and “Battleship Potemkin,” named for the Sergei Eisenstein film, which certainly made more of an impression on Falkner than on the thousands of Film Before WWII students that sit through it each year). Her desserts at Citizen Cake are famous in San Francisco and beyond, and Demolition Desserts stays true to her character and style, with illustrations, gothic lettering, and occasionally playful layouts. The prose is written for home cooks, and there are plenty of baking basics, but the stars of the book are Falkner’s cleverly composed desserts, like “Tiramisushi” and “Lovelova,” with beautiful full-page photographs of each dish.
Most professional pastry chefs and bakers are well aware of the idiosyncrasies and necessary exactitude of their chosen craft. The same ingredients, the same measurements, and the same methods might yield different results in different kitchens, with different equipment, at different altitudes, or on different days. But Paula Figoni is here to help. She’s been here, in fact, a food scientists and associate professor at the International Baking and Pastry Institute at the College of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University, for years. And this is her third edition of How Baking Works which, despite its title, is far from a beginner’s primer on the basics of the bakeshop. Figoni delves into the technical aspects of baking, from the logic behind the various applications and kinds of baking powder to more esoteric food science like Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (basically a measurement of a food’s antioxidant activity). Whether she’s delving into the chemical structure of a starch molecule or offering techniques to guarantee the highest quality low-fat product for your customer, Figoni is full of practical, professional advice for the contemporary, chemistry-savvy kitchen.
Formerly a pastry chef in New York City, Anrew Garrison Shotts currently runs the prolific Garrison Chocolates, a confectionary company that creates new flavor combinations five times a year. In Making Artisan Chocolates, this authoritative candy man brings the fine art of the chocolate confectionary to the uninitiated. Garrison Shotts outfits his reader from the ground up, with equipment recommendations, a run down of key ingredients, and a program generally meant to inspire creativity and ownership of the process. For a kitchen looking to incorporate house-made truffles or a chef looking for the best resource for chocolate-making at home, Making Artisan Chocolates is a serious book for serious chocolate-lovers.
Although his latest cookbook may advertise itself as a housewife’s companion, Michael Richard pays homage to precision and technique with every recipe. To say the recipes are easy is not to say that they are simple: crème brulée and Galette des Rois appear in all their glory. The recipes are “easy” because of the assertive and clear directions provided by Richard, who also updates classics—like the “Chocolate Saint-Honore Lulu,” which adds a chocolate glaze to the Parisian favorite—and introduces bold flavor profiles found in the dishes like “Corn Cookies with a Smidgen of Curry.” Coupled with simple line drawings of the dishes that evoke Saint Exupery’s Le Petit Prince, Sweet Magic: Easy Recipes for Delectable Desserts is an asset to the kitchen professional and amateur baker of lazy Sundays, thumbing through her favorite recipes.
Master chocolatier Edward Notter’s got an embarrassment of pastry competition gold medals and a pastry school to his name (literally—it’s the Notter School of Pastry Arts). Add to that his 35 years in the business, the admiration of his peers, and his latest effort, the seminal The Art of the Chocolatier, and you’ve got a standard-bearer in the pastry and confectionary arts. A proven pastry maven, as comfortable with a classic dessert as a sugar showpiece, he’s known industry-wide for his mastery of chocolate, and here he shares his extensive knowledge with passion and precision. Notter’s got everything you want to know about all level of techniques, from enrobing and tempering methods to creating transfer sheets and texturing molded shapes; his expertise ranges from “ganache troubleshooting” to creating chocolate tubes by hand. And that’s the beauty of the book—made manifest in the luscious photography of Joe Brooks and Lucy Schaeffer—it’s chocolate from A to Z, clean, precise, impeccably organized. So whether you want to craft the perfect truffle, get comfortable with gelatin molds, or need some aesthetic or structural pointers for a chocolate showpiece, Notter’s got you covered. Or, should we say, enrobed.
Self described “peripatetic pastry chef” Robert Wemischner has worn many hats in his career: itinerant food writer, gourmet retailer, and instructor in baking and pastry at LA Trade Tech for over 18 years. And with regular contributions to Food Arts and Pastry Art and Design, Wemischner rounds out his profile as one of the more prolific and generous pastry experts in the country. For those who can’t reach his classrooms in Los Angeles comes The Dessert Architect, the crystallization of Wemischner’s extensive knowledge and deeply held respect for the ingredients, techniques, and compositional beauty of the pastry arts. The pastry chef, says Wemischner, “is a composer and conductor, creator and presenter,” who must have both knowledge of and control over the elements of his craft. In his new book, Wemischner breaks down those elements with meticulous care, from the basic components of flavor and palate development to elaborate plating guidelines. Thoughtful questions, instructive recipe guidelines, and comments from chefs around the country make the book an invaluable resource to the cook or pastry chef looking to strengthen his or her ownership of the craft.
With a background in cultural anthropology and a native familiarity with cacao production, Maricel Presilla brings both an expert’s authority and a life’s experience to this comprehensive guide to chocolate. Combining its rich cultural history with its evolution through the ranks of modern production, Presilla makes chocolate as we know it a full-fledged centerpiece for the culinary library. Especially in an age of origin-conscious cooking, Presilla’s discussion of cacao farming, including its genetic varieties and agricultural prospects, provides an invaluable link between the chef or pastry chef and his or her cacao source. And a further discussion of cacao’s many flavors and the influences that ultimately affect the finished product will further educate the chef on how to choose from among the increasing variety of single-origin and single-variety chocolates available in the marketplace. Presilla provides recipes that span the gamut from updated Mayan Kekchi Cacao-Chile Balls to Valencian-inspired Chilled Cacao-Almond Horchata, describing the impact and usage of the particular chocolate in each preparation. And a professional glossary and resource index in the back of the book allow chefs to source cacao products to suit their particular culinary needs.