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CHOCOLATE OBSESSION

Chocolate Obsession
Known as the “Picasso of chocolatiers,” Michael Recchiuti creates confections that are every bit as daring and original as any of his namesake’s artworks. But unlike the painter, the chocolate maker has made it possible for even the amateur to achieve his artistry. In Chocolate Obsession, Recchiuti, owner of the famed artisanal chocolate company in San Francisco, divulges his professional secrets and techniques, allowing home cooks to reproduce his exquisite confections in their own kitchens.

Opening with a complete discussion of chocolate from bean to bar, the book goes on to offer detailed instructions for dipped chocolates, truffles, and molded chocolates, including Recchiuti’s signature ganache flavors: Earl Grey tea, burnt caramel, tarragon with grapefruit. Also featured are recipes for such sinfully delicious treats as Chocolate Shortbread Cookies with Truffle Cream Filling, Double Dark Chocolate Soufflés, and Rocky Recchiuti Brownies. With more than 60 recipes in all, this book will satisfy even the most obsessive chocolate lovers among us.

Chocolate Obsession: Confections and Treats to Create and Savor by Michael Recchiuti and Fran Gage
Hardcover: 200 pages
Publisher: “Stewart, Tabori and Chang”
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1584794577

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Posted on Jan 21, 2008

DESSERTS BY THE YARD

Desserts by the Yard

Desserts by the Yard, Spagos pastry chef to the stars and author of the James Beard Award-winning Secrets of Baking shares the recipes that propelled her to the top of her profession. Night after night at Spago in Beverly Hills, Sherry Yard dazzles the powerful, rich, and famous with incredible desserts. Sherry Yard marvelous confections have won over patrons from Madonna to Frank Sinatra. Now the country’s premier pastry chef reveals the recipes that have made her a star in her own right and won her two coveted James Beard Awards.

Desserts by the Yard, begins with inspirations from Yards childhood, such as My Favorite White Birthday Cake with Chocolate and Butter Fudge Frosting, and culminates in the spectacular creations she makes every year for the Academy Awards. Included here are some of Sherry Yard most famous recipes: the slinky crème brûlée she perfected when she worked at New Yorks Rainbow Room, the coffeecake that made Campton Place Hotel San Franciscos most popular breakfast spot, and the souffléed crème fraîche pancakes with strawberry sauce she learned in Vienna.

Don’t miss the chocolate caramel tart that Hugh Grant loves, former President Clintons favorite oatmeal raisin cookies, or the treat that made actress Suzanne Pleshette exclaim, You're gonna make me fat! Desserts don’t get easier than Yards No-Bake Cheesecake, more decadent than Chocolate Bread Pudding with Butterscotch Gelato, or more holiday-perfect than Triple Silken Pumpkin Pie. In sidebars to each recipe, Sherry Yard shares tricks and techniques along with hilarious anecdotes that show her pluck, determination, and generosity.

Desserts by the Yard: From Brooklyn to Beverly Hills: Recipes from the Sweetest Life Ever
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0618515224

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Posted on Jan 18, 2008

THE CONFETTI CAKES COOKBOOK

The Confetti Cakes Cookbook

Elisa Strauss is the founder and sole designer of Confetti Cakes in New York City. The Confetti Cakes Cookbook is a must-have for the outrageously chic baker in all of us. This unique book contains projects for every skill level: from gorgeous, sugar-dusted heart cookies to delightful billiard-ball cupcakes, to sculpted cakes in the shape of wine bottles and Chinese takeout boxes, to the extravagantly beautiful, three-tiered embroidery cake showcased on Sex and the City. With delicious recipes, stunning creations for every occasion, suggestions for time-saving shortcuts, and hot tips for fabulous results, all illustrated with gorgeous photographs and easy-to follow diagrams.

The Confetti Cakes Cookbook
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Language: English

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Posted on Jan 18, 2008

HOW-TO FILL AND FROST A CAKE

Watch and learn how to frost a cake with Sandy Sheppard, Master Cake Decorator. Sandy has been decorating cakes for over 25 years.

Frosting a cake is as easy as eating by following these simple tips:
1. Trim the tops of cakes to create an even surface.
2. To keep your cake stand neat while frosting the cake, tuck strips of parchment paper underneath the cake after you’ve placed it on the stand and before you begin frosting.
3. Spread a thin layer of frosting on the cake with an offset spatula to seal in crumbs (called “crumb coating”). Chill for about 30 minutes before applying the final coat of frosting. This will help keep crumbs from working their way into the layer of frosting.
4. To keep a tall cake from sliding while you work, insert a bamboo skewer through the center.

Posted on Dec 14, 2007

MARTHA STEWART’S WEDDING CAKES

Martha Stewarts Wedding CakesNot just visually inspiring, these pages are filled with information you won’t find anywhere else. Martha Stewart and Wendy Kromer, the master baker and decorator who has been creating cakes for Martha Stewart’s Wedding for more than a decade, guide you through everything you need to consider when selecting a cake- and even how to bake and decorate one yourself. Novice and experienced bakers alike will find recipes and insiders’ techniques to create truly memorable wedding cakes.

You will learn:
Where to begin- how to decide what style and flavors are right for you, taking into account the season, location, and theme of the event.
Buttercream or fondant? Ganache or meringue? Useful charts explain the delicious materials bakers use, so you can choose the ones that suit your taste and style.
Creative ways to display your cake so it takes center stage at the reception.
How to find and hire a baker, including questions to ask and contract considerations.
Ideas for cutting costs without sacrificing quality or beauty.
How to incorporate traditions from around the world.
Everything you need to know about baking a cake yourself, with complete recipes as well as how-to decorating techniques with color photographs and reference charts.
A treasury of inspiration, Martha Stewart’s Wedding Cakes will ensure that your cake, whether homemade or professionally baked, triple-tiered or a tower of cupcakes, embellished with fresh fruit or elaborate sugar roses, is every bit as magical as your big day.

About…
MARTHA STEWART is the author of many best-selling books on weddings, cooking, decorating, gardening, and other domestic arts, and is the founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. She lives in Bedford, New York.

WENDY KROMER’S cakes regularly grace the pages of Martha Stewart Weddings magazine, where she is a contributing editor, and have also been featured in many other publications and on television. In 2004, Wendy returned to her hometown of Sandusky, Ohio, and opened Wendy Kromer Confections, where she produces wedding and special-event cakes, decorated cookies, and custom-made sugar decorations.

Martha Stewart’s Wedding Cakes
Hardcover: 260 pages
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0307394530

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Posted on Dec 14, 2007

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