When we contemplate making desserts, advises Rachel Schifter Thebault, we should think of fashion. Thebault isn't admonishing us about weight gains; the head confectioner of New York's Tribeca Treats is reminding us that by mixing and matching accessories, we can transform even the most simple after-dinner treat into a crowd-pleasing party favor for any occasion. This imaginative book teaches you those mix-and-match strategies for over seventy cookie, cake, and confection recipes. A stylish, repertoire-raising dessert book.
Sweet Chic: Stylish Treats to Dress Up for Any Occasionby Rachel Thebault, Isaac Mizrahi
Today’s baker faces a great challenge: With little time and a limited repertoire, she often needs to whip up a delicious dessert that’s dressed to impress. Rachel Schifter Thebault, founder and head confectioner of Tribeca Treats in New York City, knows all about making a sweet statement. Combining a
DESSERT DRESSED TO THE NINES
Today’s baker faces a great challenge: With little time and a limited repertoire, she often needs to whip up a delicious dessert that’s dressed to impress. Rachel Schifter Thebault, founder and head confectioner of Tribeca Treats in New York City, knows all about making a sweet statement. Combining a confectioner’s expertise with fashion sense, she shares a scrumptious cache of popular dessert recipes that can be accessorized to fit any occasion.
What’s more, transforming a basic dessert into a masterpiece brimming with personality and flair can be easy, quick, and fun. In the same way you’d plan an outfit, Sweet Chic pieces together a Devil’s Food Cake—the little black dress of delights—with such irresistible accessories as Caramel Buttercream (think knee-high boots) for ultimate decadence, turns Vanilla Cookies (the crisp oxford shirt) into Strawberry “Shortcakes” ideal for casual or dressy occasions, and blends brownies (the cashmere sweater of confectionery) with a swirl of mint for a showstopping number.
Gorgeous and appetizing color photos throughout reveal how a change of icing here and a substitute topping there can take a simple dessert from Sunday brunch to a date-night treat. Mix and match more than seventy recipes for cookies, cakes, and confections, including Peanut Butter and Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies, Brownie Sundae Parfait, Mini S’mores Cupcakes, Wasabi-Black Sesame Truffles, and so much more.
Whether you’re a novice baker hoping to master the basics or an experienced one looking to add a little versatility to your existing creations, Sweet Chic is a clever and practical guide for memorable desserts, a one-sweet-fits-all way to make a tantalizing impression.
Foreword by Isaac Mizrahi
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Meet the Author
Rachel Schifter Thebault, founder of Tribeca Treats, spent seven years as an investment banker before transforming her hobby of making truffles for friends into a full-time career in confections. A graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education, she opened Tribeca Treats in 2007. The bakery has won honors from American Express OPEN and entrepreneur organizations, and is a pillar of the Tribeca community. A sought-after speaker and panelist, she has also taught cooking and baking to children and adults. She currently lives in Tribeca with her husband and their two daughters.
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This is a beautiful cookbook! A pleasure just to look at! The photography is amazing! There are many color pictures of recipes so you can clearly see the finished product. I enjoyed the analogy the author used with baking and our wardrobes. We have basic foundational pieces to our wardrobes and how we accessorize will depend on how dressy our outfit is. Using this idea she takes basic recipes and ‘dresses” them up. I like this because with one recipe I could make something quick and simple or something very special. The book is divided into 3 sections, cookies, cakes and confections. For example the first recipe is for “scooped cookies” and she calls it the “White t-shirt”. This book would be great for a beginning baker or an experienced one. I appreciated how the author had a Home Ec 101 baking at the beginning of the book. She explains essential ingredients and equipment, how they work and tips in working with them. Although I have baked for many years I learned some new things. Each recipe gives step by step instructions that are clear and easy to understand. At the end of many of the recipes is “Polish Your Look”, showing you variations you might use, or “Fashion Emergency” which shares baking tips. A cookbook you will definitely want to own. I was very impressed. Thanks to FSB Media for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received.