Indulgent sweets from the city that lives large and thinks big. In the city famous for its industry, barbecue, and football, dessert isn't an afterthought. Boasting an incredibly rich culinary culture, Dallas has it all: fresh Asian cuisine, chic French bistros, contemporary American confections, and down-home country eats. This western expansion of Pelican's "Classic Recipes Series" showcases the sweets, restaurants, chefs, and ingredients that make every Dallas dining experience unforgettable. From Lemon Peach Brioche Pudding from Abacus to Glazed Apple Fritters from Fearing's, every offering in this first-class cookbook is accompanied by history, musings, stories, and beautiful photography. From Peggy Sue's BBQ to Rush Patisserie, Dallas has something sweet for everyone.
About the Author
Helen Thompson was the city editor for Metropolitan Home magazine. She has also worked for TRIBEZA magazine in Austin, Texas, and Texas Monthly. She is the author of Dallas Classic Desserts and The Big Texas Steakhouse Cookbook, both available from Pelican. She resides in Austin, Texas.
Robert M. Peacock, a well-known Dallas photographer, is recognized for being able to capture the beauty and appeal of food for top cookbooks and magazines. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and books, including Pelican’s Dallas Classic Desserts and The Big Texas Steakhouse Cookbook. He is thrilled to call Dallas, Texas, home.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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