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Posted June 24, 2009
There is one thing for sure about Dallasites - they do love to eat, and they appreciate truly good food. Helen Thompson has gathered dessert recipes from some of the city's finest restaurants and presented them in this tastebud tempting collection. Robert Peacock's photographs are, indeed, good enough to eat, and the brief text that accompanies each recipe offers insights into the restaurant owners or chefs. Dallas Classic Recipes is a feast in more ways than one.
What some many not know about Dallas is that its 6.1 million residents reflect an eclectic population. Thus, we find not only the stereotypical Western restaurant but also those specializing in cuisines from many countries including Mexico, Greece, Italy, China, Vietnam, and others. All contribute to the wonderful cultural blend that is Dallas today.
Most youngsters have heard of Moon Pies but in all probability few have enjoyed the decadent delight call White Chocolate Banana Moon Pie found at Hector's on Henderson. It's a beauty rich with whipping cream, honey, and white chocolate chips, then crowned with blueberries, strawberries, and a sprig of mint.
Want something a little lighter? Try the Chocolate Souffle at Rise No. 1 or the Cuatro Leche Cake at La Duni. Not to worry, Thompson does not overlook what everyone can't get enough of - the Texas Pecan Pie A La Mode at Al Biernat's. As Dallas is a town that "could reasonably be called steak-crazy" there are numerous chop houses, yet Biernat's tops the list. It's where power brokers and celebrities wine and dine and not just for the thick steaks but for the desserts prepared by pastry chef Guadalupe Vega.
These are just a few of the restaurants featured by Thompson; you'll be hard pressed to choose a favorite. Enjoy and bon appetit!
- Gail Cooke