Luscious Berry Desserts

Luscious Berry Desserts

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by Lori Longbotham
     
 

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This delightful cookbook from the author of Luscious Lemon Desserts and Luscious Chocolate Desserts is for anyone who has ever snuck just the plumpest, ripest strawberry straight from the basket; believed raspberries should have their own special food group; and never met a blueberry they didn't like. Each recipe is bursting with ideas for buying and…  See more details below

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This delightful cookbook from the author of Luscious Lemon Desserts and Luscious Chocolate Desserts is for anyone who has ever snuck just the plumpest, ripest strawberry straight from the basket; believed raspberries should have their own special food group; and never met a blueberry they didn't like. Each recipe is bursting with ideas for buying and trying every wonderful variety, be it sticky-sweet heart-shaped strawberries, deep purple boysenberries, or juicy ripe blackberries. Whether it's creamy layers of brightly colored raspberry curd that transform a classic lemon cake into a visual masterpiece almost too gorgeous to eat (almost), a simple spoonful of cool and custardy blueberry pudding (with the added bonus of those healthy antioxidants), or a traditional and irresistible strawberry shortcake topped with a scoop of strawberry-orange sorbet, this is the ultimate ode to the berry. Tips, tricks, and other techniques of the trade, such as pureeing berries and cutting out biscuits, ensure that the pound cake, tart, sauce, or ice cream comes out perfectly every time. For desserts at the berry top of their game, look no further than Luscious Berry Desserts.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Former Gourmet editor Longbotham never met a berry she didn't like. Strawberries are "summer's brightest jewel"; raspberries have "flesh like soft velvet"; blueberries are "a dazzling bright blue." Her introduction, which will feel familiar to readers of her Luscious Lemon Desserts, shares botanical facts and practical advice. While some of it is specific (how to keep blueberry batter from turning blue or green), much of it is general and aimed at novices (for instance, standard instructions on measuring flour by spooning it into the cup). Skip the prefaces to the recipes-nearly everything is "great," "fabulous" or Longbotham's "favorite"-and there remains the classic gamut of pies, cakes, puddings and topped desserts. (Unlike many writers, Longbotham distinguishes knowledgeably among cobblers, crisps, betties, buckles and grunts.) While most recipes involve baking from scratch (although they are not daunting), the instructions for Square Strawberry Puff Pastry Tart suggests readers use all-butter packaged puff pastry such as Dufour's-sound advice but outside sophisticated markets you may have to order online. Carrier's lovely photographs and a preponderance of pink and purple pages add to the summer weekend gift-book feel. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452123967
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
12/11/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
168
File size:
6 MB
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Lori Longbotham is a former food editor for Gourmet and a frequent contributor to magazines such as Martha Stewart Living, Food & Wine, Good Housekeeping, and the New York Times Magazine. She makes her home in New York City.
A California native, James Carrier specializes in food, lifestyle, and interior photography. His many clients include Country Home, Elle Decor, Better Homes&Gardens, and Pottery Barn.

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Luscious Berry Desserts 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
surrealblue More than 1 year ago
I found this title in the bargain books section; I love hardcover cookbooks for durability, so I had to try it. The book starts with a very comprehensive history and explanation of the different types of berries and how to choose the best of each type. The recipes look delicious, although some may be a bit adventurous for anyone new to baking. There is a wide variety of desserts encompassed in the book from traditional pies and tarts to a great selection of creatively flavored cakes, custards, cobblers and an especially elegant looking raspberry souffle. You may need to purchase cooking equipment to prepare the recipes as written (I don't own ramekins, custard cups or a food processor) but creative cooks know how to make due and the recipes are flexible as to the type of berries used if you want to substitute different types of fresh berries that are in season. I did rate this book a bit low because I felt that the format doesn't seem to flow very well, most of the recipes feel broken because you have to turn the page, either because the list the ingredients and method starts on the right-hand page or because there is a full page photo inserted between ingredients and the method causing you to flip back and forth to refer to the amounts when reading the steps. Overall I'm happy with this purchase, the recipes look great and I can't wait to try them the all!
Lynne-P More than 1 year ago
Who could resist this beautiful cookbook? It has everything you want: beautiful pictures, clear and easy to follow directions, and of course, delicious receipts. If you have ever picked a bucket of berries, you would be proud to use them in any of these wonderful desserts. I really loved the Easiest Berry Terrine on page 115. It is a wonderful berry filled gelatin made with cranberry-raspberry juice. So simple and so delicious!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago