This is at once a witty and delightful and masterful collection of recipes that combines upgrades on all the classics, riffs and variations on the basic recipes, and surprises for even the savviest home bakers. Alice Medrich is a master manipulator of ingredients. She makes it possible for any home cook to achieve any end in sight, whether fragrant, fruity, nutty, moist, dry, airy, dainty, or dense. Alice Medrich is inspired and inspiring, she has been learning, teaching, and sharing what she loves about dessert making for thirty years. She brings to us an obsessive approach to recipes (meticulously written and tested), a commitment to quality ingredients, and a profound understanding of technique. Her contributions have resulted in the country s highest cookbook honours, including three Cookbooks of the Year, most recently from the International Association of Culinary Professionals for BitterSweet: Recipes and Tales from a Life in Chocolate. Her other books include Pure Dessert and Chocolate Holidays.