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James Martin Desserts [Illustrated] [Paperback]

James Martin
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6 Jun 2008
There is nothing that James Martin doesn't know about desserts, cakes and puddings. In this acclaimed book he looks at all aspects of sweet tasting treats, from the best of British puddings, to chocolate heaven, and perfect melt-in-the mouth pastries, tarts and pies. 100 recipes include classics such as Tarte Tatin, Pavlova and Chocolate Mousse; comfort food heaven - Sticky Toffee Pudding, Chocolate Chip Cookies and Apple and Toffee Muffins; old favourites including Spicy Plum Crumble, Ginger Parkin and Lemon Meringue Pie; and traditional recipes for Summer Pudding, Lardy Cake, Junket Ice Cream and Kentish Pudding Pie. He also creates a delicious selection of confections which are destined to become firm favourites including White Chocolate Icecream, Whisky and Croissant Butter Pudding, Raspberry and Vodka Terrine, Chocolate Cola Cake and Fig Fritters. James shares his trademark secrets for making every mouthful one to savour.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing (6 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297777416
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844005598
  • ASIN: 1844005593
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 26.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 392,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Martin has made a great impact since he began to appear on television in November 96 and has rarely been off screen since. He has been in numerous programmes including Ready Steady Cook, Kitchen Invaders, Housecall, Richard and Judy, and Good Food Live. He is now the host of Saturday Kitchen live on BBC1 and was one of the most popular stars on last year s Strictly Come Dancing, reaching the semi-finals. James love of food started very young. His father ran the catering at Castle Howard and when he was only twelve, he was able to say that he had cooked for the Queen Mother. He has worked at 190 Queensgate with Anthony Worrall Thompson and was Head Chef of the Hotel and Bistro du Vin in Winchester when he was only 22. James has written a number of books including Delicious, Great British Dinners, Eating in with James Martin and James Martin Digs Deep.

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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lesley, Sheffield 19 April 2007
I bought this - based on the fact that I was given his "Winter" cookbook as a present - and from it made the best Christmas cake I have ever made! I am an avid "baker" and had tried many recipes - but will always use his from now on. This book did not disappoint - easy to follow, good hints and tips, and a variety of old and new recipes. I particularly like the fact that he wants to keep old recipes alive - and passes on his family recipes, and that he has no truck with tiny, "nouvelle cuisiney" portions which concentrate on looks rather than taste. Good, gutbusting stuff - not for the size zero brigade!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Virtually idiotproof 14 April 2007
By Zannie
I'm a pretty good cook by all accounts, but however much I try, mastering desserts seems to be beyond me. This has previously frustrated me no end, not least when a friend of mine who needs step-by-step instructions to produce a bowl of pasta whipped up a chocolate mousse to die for without batting an eyelid.

Anyway, I decided that a book dedicated to desserts would be the way forward and, having successfully tried a few James Martin recipes in the past that I found on the BBC website, his was my book of choice. I was not disappointed. His writing is very clear, without the patronising tone of Mary Berry and Delia Smith (apologies to the British institution) or the overly informal chatty tone of Jamie Oliver which irritates me no end. He is particularly clear about how to prepare the various utensils and dishes, and is very descriptive of what the various stages should look like. This meant that if anything went wrong, I knew straightaway, rather than previous experiences of blissfully plodding forward and being left with a soggy mess.

Hence, I can now produce a sticky toffee pudding that looks and tastes how it should as well as a few other staples that previous recipes have failed me on. My only gripe is that he sometimes is a little on the technical side with his terminology and the recipes never become as adventurous as they could be. Having said that, there is more than enough to keep anyone busy. Though it may not do the waistline much good!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Desserts 4 Nov 2009
I have a `sweet tooth' and for me the dessert is often the best part of a meal - certainly the opportunity for a flourishing finale. Therefore I was pre-conditioned to appreciate `Desserts', but completely on merit I became hooked when on first taking a peek the book fell open at lemon curd syllabub - how glorious - how simple! I read on to be further transfixed by acclaimed TV chef James Martin's clear instructions alongside mouthwatering illustrations throughout his book. He embraces everything from `homely' cooking instructions to exotic recipes with many of his offerings as `standards' for `favourite' puddings and sweets but also presentation of new ideas of his own or details gleaned from other sources such as WI cake-stalls. Not surprisingly the book starts with fundamentals such as pastries, sponges, straightforward puddings and custard, sauces etc. after which it is then divided into 5 main collections of Hot puddings, Cold puddings, Tarts and flans, Cakes and bakes, and Ice creams and sorbets. Apart from Acknowledgements `Desserts' finishes with some brief information on kitchen equipment, food outlets and suppliers plus a comprehensive and detailed index. This is not a cookbook to languish on the shelf, but is an inspirational aide for the kitchen worktop.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars V-Kay-Jay 23 Jan 2010
Have now tried 3 separate desserts from this book, and all 3 have been complete disaters and been thrown straight in the bin! Quantitys were completely wrong for the cheesecake and had to throw a third of the mix due to not fitting in the specified tin. Have wasted alot of money on ingredeints and the book!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
As a Chef I was quite excited to see James Martin release a book dedicated exclusively to Desserts which he of course well known to be a great fan of. In theory a book such as this by someone who proclaims to be a true dessert fanatic should be a gold mine of information and classic recipes. Sadly this is far from the truth.
I had waited almost a full year before reviewing this book as I wanted to give it a fair and honest assessment that can only come with a reasonably extensive experimentation of the contents.

In short my Husband, who is also a chef, and I have had a success rate of approximately 40% with this book. The other recipies are painfully inaccurate in terms of quantities, methodology and final product. An example of this is his Tart au Citron or Lemon tart. Follow the recipe exactly and you will find you have four times the amount of filling that you require. A massive waste of ingredients.

In the end the one redeeming factor about this book is that it gives you the foundation on which to base a recipe on if you have no idea how to make something. However you would need a great deal of instinct and adaptation to make it come out right.

I am not sure if this book's shortcomings are due to errors in editing; or perhaps not full disclosure on the part of the writer on how to reproduce his precious recipies. This would be a shame as too many chefs nowadays are more intent on selling lots of books instead of parting with the wisdom that customers have paid for in buying them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As described very happy
Published 8 days ago by helen holah
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Have prepared some desserts and turned out well
Published 22 days ago by vin
3.0 out of 5 stars James Martin
My wife enjoys Saturday morning on tv, and thought his book on desserts might also be enjoyable. It was, with easy to follow recipes.
Published 1 month ago by Roger Shenton
4.0 out of 5 stars My pastry text book
James's instructions for various types of pastry making would be reason enough to buy this book! In addition of course there are many tasty recipes for all types of puddings and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Plastow
5.0 out of 5 stars great Book
As always James Martin cooking is very good and always enjoy his books well put together and easy to follow
Published 3 months ago by michael d keep
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this cookbook.
I like this and have a few James Martin books. The recipes are simple and easy to follow. Great results.
Published 4 months ago by Deborah B
5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy
Wonderful recipes, (except for the marzipan ones). I really don't like marzipan. But the rest of the book makes up for this. Well done again James. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
MMMMMMMMMMM!!!! what more could I say hahaha. This is wonderful full of divine receipes and great when you are feeling low and just need a kick. Read more
Published 9 months ago by faye player
1.0 out of 5 stars old library book
what nobody else wanted and i can see why recipes are all out of date and unattractive, what a waste of money havent even bothered reading, the pictures didnt inspire me at all
Published 9 months ago by chloe weeeee
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet little James.
Love James Martins programmes and his cooking skills. This book is a "delight" giving great recipes as well as great tips and techniques. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mr. Gareth James Hyde
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