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Indulge: 100 Perfect Desserts [Paperback]

Claire Clark
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30 Sep 2010
In her stunningly beautiful debut book Claire Clark takes the reader on a mouth-watering journey through her repertoire of some of the most delectable desserts, cakes and puddings from around the world. From classic homely baking to gorgeous patisserie, voluptuous ice creams and delicate petit fours, Jean Cazal's exquisite photography acts as the perfect showcase for Clark's inimitable recipes.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Absolute Press (30 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906650136
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906650131
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Irresistible .... [has] enticed me to start measuring ingredients with a scale in the true pastry-chef fashion. -- Bonnie Stern "The National Post" (12/01/2007)

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Claire Clark, regarded as one of the top two or three pastry chefs in the world, learned her craft under the legendary Swiss patissiers Ernest Bachmann and John Huber. Her glittering career has taken her to some of the leading restaurants in London including the kitchens of Claridges Hotel in Mayfair and The Wolseley on Piccadilly. Claire Clark, moved to California in 2005 to take up the position of Head Pastry chef at The French Laundry, voted 'The Best Restaurant in the World' in 2005, where she works under the admiring eye of the inspirational double three-star Michelin chef Thomas Keller. Indulge is her first book.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best dessert book going!!!! 24 July 2009
Format:Hardcover
Indulge, by Claire Clark is probably the best contemporary dessert book on the market for enthusiastic as well as professional bakers at the moment. The selection of recipes are varied and unusual and the photographs are beautiful. I loved the little 'notes and forwards' explaining about how the individual recipes came into being and can definately reccomend the Rich chocolate ganache tart with salted caramel and candied peanuts as the best dinner party 'pud' you will ever come accross, rich beyond belief but oh so good! The recipe for shortbread is superb and already a personal favourite and if you only try one recipe in this book make the popcorn sherbet and serve it with sticky toffee pudding, butterscotch sauce and threaded popcorn! Cant write any more as I am salivating over the keyboard!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book. 5 Mar 2012
Format:Paperback
This book really is worth every penny.
I only got the book about two days ago and already made a few things.
The scones are great (i don t like scones but liked those) and if you want to make then savoury just cut the sugar by half, add mustard powder and 100gr of cheddar.
I also made the shortbread (it is good), and the icing for the carrot cake is fab.
The book is inspiring, a lot of great pictures and you feel that Claire Clarks is an experienced baker that worked for the best.
Not a single bad thing to say so far, you really can tell that the author is a perfectionist and that she loves her baking so much that she wants us to get hooked too.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but.... 19 May 2008
By Annie
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
There is no doubt that this is a great book, with wonderful recipes that entice. But, as so many books written by chefs, it forgets that sometimes readers need a little hand-holding. I am an experienced and confident pastry chef, but sometimes these recipes need a leap of faith that they are going to work. The shortbread (the BEST I've ever tasted), for example, didn't look like it was going to come together at all, but I just needed to believe it would, and worked it more than I'd usually work a pasty...and it came together. The oat and raisin cookies had to be made by individually moulding each biscuit together, doing it like Clark recommends just didn't work for me. But the results are worth while just bear in mind that this isn't Delia or Nigella...you're on your own.

None of this should detract from the fact that this is one of the most originally and scrummy-looking baking books in many years, if they'd just added a few more lines to each recipe, it would get five stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Love this book - mouth-watering recipes! 25 Feb 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Having bought a new oven and get the baking bug back, I looked through a few books an settled on this and another one. Some of the recipes are fairly technical, and many require equipment you wouldn't normally have in your kitchen. I've tried several recipes already; LOVE the lemon meringue - so much nicer than a standard one although it takes a lot of steps to achieve, but it is very worth it! Also adore the florentines, and the wedding fingers are so nice! As with all books, there's quite a few recipes I don't fancy, so feel a little restricted, hence the loss of a star. Also, some of the ingredients are really hard to come by, and even Waitrose, who normally have a good baking section, didn't have several things I needed. It's a shame the writer didn't give you rough times on baking, too, as sometimes she says to cook until set or thickened, but it would have been nice to give an estimate on these timings. Overall, a good book, and obviously a master at what she does.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go on, Indulge yourself 8 Feb 2011
Format:Paperback
One of the best dessert books I own... and I own a lot.
Fantastic range of brilliant recipes. Beautiful photography.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Complicated 15 Feb 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
There are some lovely recipes in this book. I particularly likes the biscuits, but the desserts are highly complicated, often with four different components to make and assemble. Doesn't suit my style of cooking.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Feast For the Senses 26 Oct 2007
Format:Hardcover
If you chose your dinning experience from the desert forward this book is a must for you. The pictures are a feast for the eyes, the descriptions add to the desire to enter the kitchen and create and then once you have taken that step the instructions allow you to create your own piece of magic.

Claire's notes add to the feeling of the book which is that she wants me to be able to create these amazing deserts.

I am off to buy some eggs and double cream and then into the kitchen to create.

Enjoy this book, even if you only use the microwave in your kitchen you will enjoy the book for the way it awakens your desire for indulgent desserts
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3.0 out of 5 stars Real high and real lows 9 April 2014
By scarlet
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I don't normally write reviews but felt compleed this time as so many had given this book a really glowing review. First off, I'd say that some of the recipes in here are truly amazing, inspiring, tricky (what I was looking for so I could learn) with clear method explanations and nice photography.

The problem is that this is hit and miss. Over 40 of the desserts don't have images, unaccpetable for a modern book when it costs little more to print a picture on a page - and it's suposed to be an inspiring book by a top chef. I want to see how they present their food as much as learn the recipe! Also many of the recipes are very basic; ones I'd expect to see in a beginner's book. Lemon posset?? Do you even need a recipe for that? It's just cream, lemon and sugar. Disappointing.

Also I think I've come across a few errors in measurements and instructions. What I think really has happened is that about 50% of the recipes have had thought, time and effort put into them and the rest are just fillers. Maybe they're not even Claire Clarks?? If these 'filler' recipes had not been there the book would have had five stars are they are exactly what I was hoping for. Buy it at the reduced price but it's definitely not worth the full cover price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 26 days ago by nicholas john christie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
There are a whole bunch of really nice recipe ideas in this book and it's beautifully presented. Definitely worth 10.
Published 12 months ago by a reader
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disapointed
I was looking forward to receiving this book, having seen Claire Clark on Celebrity MasterChef UK and making a fantastic Chocolate Celebration Cake. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth It
For the excellent first recipe of simple shortbread this book is worth every penny but there is so so much more. A true " Great "
Published 16 months ago by jmf
5.0 out of 5 stars Intresting
This book contains some intresting versions of old favourites and some new recipies for me. Not had a chance to try any recipies yet but looking forward to doing so.
Published 16 months ago by Deeday
5.0 out of 5 stars a truly magnificent cookbook
Exquisite yet achievable recipes - beautiful photography. Relevant introductions to each recipe. Clear, elaborate, instructions and proper explanations as to why things need to be... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Kathleen
5.0 out of 5 stars Claire Clark from The French Laundry
This is a lovely book with stunning photographs but achievable recipes. I had to try out the famed shortbread which is excellent. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Cathie
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality at a bargain price!
I got this book at a ridiculously cheap price! The recipes in it are great and not difficult to follow.
Published 18 months ago by beadol2k
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning!
This book is absolutely fabulous. I have turned every page & read every recipe - and how often do you do that when you first open a cookery book? Read more
Published 21 months ago by QofPs
5.0 out of 5 stars 5/5: Very impressed
Love the presentation of this book, lots of mouth wateringly beautiful pictures of the recipes. The recipes all sound gorgeous although I have only made the shortbread as of yet. Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2012 by cblcp92
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