Sweet Magic: Easy Recipes for Delectable Desserts

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Long before award-winning chef Michel Richardmade his first côte de boeuf or prepared hisfirst foie gras terrine, he was a pastry chef. InLos Angeles, pastry lovers lined up outside his bakeshopon Wilshire Boulevard, waiting to enjoy the breadsand treats they’d heard were the best in town, maybeeven better than anything in Paris. Now, in this outstandingcollection, the superstar chef returns to hisfirst love, the food that made him famous—desserts.

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Overview

Long before award-winning chef Michel Richardmade his first côte de boeuf or prepared hisfirst foie gras terrine, he was a pastry chef. InLos Angeles, pastry lovers lined up outside his bakeshopon Wilshire Boulevard, waiting to enjoy the breadsand treats they’d heard were the best in town, maybeeven better than anything in Paris. Now, in this outstandingcollection, the superstar chef returns to hisfirst love, the food that made him famous—desserts.

Here are mouthwatering, foolproof recipes forAmerican favorites such as pecan pie and poundcake; Richard’s personal inventions, such as FloatingIslands with Melted Chocolate Morsels and the "coffeecloud"; reinvented French classics, such as profiterolesand the Christmas log (bûche de Noël); fruitfavorites, including tarts and Pavlovas; and, of course,plenty of cookies.

Going beyond traditional cookbooks, Sweet Magicshares Richard’s insights into the thinking and craftbehind every aspect of dessert, with brief essaysthat explore, explain, and entice—highlighted by thechef’s own playful illustrations.

Creating exquisite dishes with only a few simpleingredients—butter, eggs, sugar, flour, chocolate—demands the instincts of an artist and the soul of amagician. Sweet Magic will unlock the inner dessertwizard in every home chef, guiding both newcomersand old hands past common missteps, to seduce themost flavor and texture from every ingredient.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Richard's dessert collection--complete with cheerful, perfect-to-make-on-a-Sunday-afternoon recipes such as strawberry cream puffs, cherry clafouti and Linzer tarts--forgoes food photography in lieu of two-color illustrations with a vintage feel, and presents 50 easy-to-follow selections sans highly stylized sidebars and show-stopping chapter openers. The French-born and -trained pastry chef, and Washington, D.C., restaurateur, steers readers toward "pleasure" as opposed to "perfection" when cooking and baking and succeeds in providing "accessible" and "uncomplicated" dessert instructions. Instead of tips, numbered steps, bulleted lists and charts, the author showcases his gift for storytelling and love of pastry and all things sweet in text-heavy pages complete with dialogue. American classics including cherry pie, apple pie, and chocolate chip cookies, have their place alongside French favorites such as crepes, meringues, and éclairs in this delightful and timeless title that feels like a small but worthy indulgence. (Dec.)
Wine Spectator
“Personal, humorous and fun.
Georgetown Dish
“…the playful tale of the boy who would (always) be chef, complete with instructions on preparing French classic desserts... along with some personal inventions... Before you’re finished, you will be tempted to believe life IS just a bowl of Cherry ... Clafouti.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061928215
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/2/2010
  • Pages: 209
  • Sales rank: 1,380,843
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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