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Ready for Dessert
My Best Recipes
David Lebovitz is a master of perfectly pitched desserts and engaging wit—a combination that has won him, as well as his best-selling books and award-winning blog, thousands of fans. His training, palate, and creativity mark him as a pastry chef’s pastry chef, and his beautifully simple and wonderfully appealing recipes have earned him the status of dessert guru. His desserts are classics with perfectly conceived contemporary twists, focusing on bold, intense flavors and seasonality.
Ready for Dessert, a new compilation of David’s greatest hits, is packed with more than 170 updated and revised recipes from the last decade, along with a dozen never-before-published new favorites. His cakes, cookies, candies, ice creams, tarts, pies, pastries, custards, and soufflés range from simple to showy, light to rich, and classic to contemporary, and are tied together by David’s humor, refined palate, and obsessively perfected technique.
Bakers of all skill levels will be able to master these showstopping treats, including a marvelously creamy Gâteau Victoire; the dazzling, towering Kiwifruit, Pineapple, and Toasted Coconut Baked Alaska; his sweet and silky Butternut Squash Pie; elegant, classic Chocolate Pots de Crème; an intensely flavored Frozen Sabayon with Blood Orange Soup; and a surprisingly zippy and unconventional Bittersweet Chocolate Mousse with Pear and Fig Chutney.
David’s funny stories and friendly guidance, as well as serving suggestions, storage advice, flavor variations, and useful tips help ensure success for the home baker every time. Completing this sweet package are stunning photographs by award-winning photographer Maren Caruso.
Chocolate Pavé • Guinness-Gingerbread Cupcakes • Concord Grape Pie • Super-Lemony Soufflés • Gingersnaps • Strawberry-Mango Sorbet • Fresh Ginger Cake • Orange-Almond Bread Pudding • Cheesecake Brownies
The brilliantly conceived, easy-to-execute recipes in Ready for Dessert are David’s all-time favorites, the ones he turns to over and over again in his own kitchen. Enthusiastic home bakers will be happy to have these beloved desserts in one indulgent collection.
About the Author
David Lebovitz is a pastry chef, author, and creator of the award-winning food blog www.davidlebovitz.com. Trained as a baker in France and Belgium, he worked for twelve years in the pastry department at the famed Chez Panisse. Room for Dessert, his first book, was an International Association of Culinary Professionals award finalist. He is also the author of The Sweet Life in Paris, a 2010 IACP Award finalist in the Literary Food Writing category, and The Perfect Scoop. David writes, blogs, and leads culinary tours from his home in Paris, France.
Ready for Dessert: My Best Recipes by David Lebovitz
$35 hardcover • 288 pages • four-color photographs • 8 1/2 x 10 7/8 inches
ISBN: 978-1-58008-138-2 • Publication Date: April 6, 2010