Sweetness and Light: A Book of Desserts


A wonderful collection of delicious and satisfying desserts that emphasizes the use of fresh fruits rather than sugars and fats, Sweetness and Light contains recipes that range from simple to challenging—with an emphasis on health.

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A wonderful collection of delicious and satisfying desserts that emphasizes the use of fresh fruits rather than sugars and fats, Sweetness and Light contains recipes that range from simple to challenging—with an emphasis on health.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Wilcox, a member of the Moosewood Restaurant team, and Cowden, a papercut artist, pool talents and interests in this illustrated book of healthful, flavorful desserts. Chapters (e.g., Pies; Cakes, Cobblers, Crumbles, Crisps and Their Relatives; Fruit and Fruit Sauces) are laced with the authors' recollections of first encounters with a particular dish or other personal memories related to various desserts and sweets. Fat and cholesterol contents are reduced with the use of low-fat milk and canola oil; calorie, fat and cholesterol counts are given per serving. The collection serves as an ample introduction to the last sweet course, with recipes ranging from the very simple (e.g., Classic Apple Pie; Pear Crisp; Marsala Sorbet and Toasted Cashew Cookies) to the more demanding (Sweet Tamales, made with peaches, masa harina and apricot preserves; Apple Strudel with Homemade Dough). Chapters on fruit sauces (Plum Puree; Fresh Orange Sauce) and drinks (Mango Lassi; Sparkling Cherry Lemonade) are included. Although the authors mention freezing fruit for later use, recipes calling for fruit (Cranberry Poached Pears; Rhubarb Ginger Pockets) are generally seasonal, taking advantage of fruit at its best. Recipes and tips for additions, such as Faux Whipped Cream, made with nonfat dry milk, ice water and lemon juice, are welcome additions. Illustrations not seen by PW. (July)
Library Journal
From Wilcox, dessert chef at the popular Moosewood Restaurant (e.g., Moosewood Cooks for a Crowd, LJ 4/15/96, Sundays at Moosewood Restaurant, LJ 9/15/90), and coauthor Cowden comes a collection of more healthful dessert recipes, low in fat and sugar. Although these may not be as mouthwateringly irresistible as the recipes in the other two books, they are more than a cut above those in other low-fat dessert books: Lemon Shortbread, Shoofly Pie, Raspberry-Peach Turnovers, Pecan Madeleines. The authors focus on fruit desserts and substitute some reduced-fat ingredients for higher-fat ones, but they are not willing to sacrifice taste, using butter, for example, in small amounts. With low-fat desserts that promise real flavor, this is recommended for most collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679756088
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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