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Moosewood Restaurant Book of Desserts [Hardcover]

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Publications (31 Oct 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517702096
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517702093
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.5 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,400,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gathers dessert recipes from the gourmet vegetarian restaurant located in Ithaca, N.Y. ranging from bread puddings, biscotti, and custards, to cheesecakes and seasonal fruit pies.

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AS MUCH AS WE MAY VALUE HANDSOME VEGETABLES AND RELIABLE grains, fruits are the colorful crown jewels of the food world. Read the first page
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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One of the best dessert books I have ever come across, it is busrting with squidgy, creamy things, classics, and variations on classics, vegan things, low fat things, chewy bars for your lunchbox, cheesecakes-a-plenty and the fantastic Italian Fruit Cake, which makes a change from Delia's recipe on Christmas Day. It has a seriously helpful section at the back which lists all the recipes into categories, so that even if you're not quite sure what you're looking for, inspiration is easy to find. The anecdotes from the restaurant itself are lovely too! Highly recommended, just make sure you alternate the squidgy, creamy things with the guiltless low fat treats occasionally!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great recipes 5 Dec 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a great dessert and cake recipe book. I had a copy whilst living in the USA and had so many complements and requests for reciepes. All reciepes use cup measurements so do invest in a set. There are a very few ingredients you will find difficult to get but substitute as appropriate. Have bought this copy for my daughter away at university as she loves baking and I'm fed up of e-mailing the recipes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a "healthy dessert" cookbook! This is the real thing! 20 April 2001
By scducharme - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I love a cookbook that is more than just a collection of recipes. The recipes in this cookbook all start with some background about where the recipe came from, how it can be used, and other ideas for how to serve it. This makes the book fun to browse through. Also, the book is well-organized and well indexed. There's even an ingredients index so you can look in your pantry and pick a dessert based on what you have on hand. The variety of recipes is good: some are easy, some are more complicated, some are good for kids, some are fancy for adults. I've tried several things from each chapter of the book and everything has turned out well. Basics are included, such as a flawless pie crust recipe, as well as more unusual desserts such as Pink Chiffon Cake. Another bonus is the multicultural aspect of the book. There are several recipes from the Middle East, and some from Italy, Greece, too. These Mediterranean desserts tend to be less sweet than what our US taste buds usually like, and I've found them great for informal suppers and luncheons. (By the way, the name "Moosewood" in this cookbook does not mean "healthy"! There's plenty of sugar and other good stuff in these recipes!) I make desserts only when entertaining, so I usually have to take the risk of trying new recipes with guests, but with this cookbook I never have any worry about whether it will be a hit or not. This book has proven itself to be a Dessert Bible for me!
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great dessert cookbook without the pretentions 22 Feb 2000
By "sbgantz" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have several dessert cookbooks, all with great recipes, most costing considerably more than this one. In spite of that, when I am looking for a recipe, this is the cookbook that usually comes through for me. I have made cakes, muffins, coffee cakes, cookies, pies, and other assorted sweets, all with rave reviews. The recipes are tailored for the home cook, so they are easy to prepare, but amazingly there is no loss of quality. You can get fancy if you want (the chocolate cake with chocolate ganache is quite impressive) but most of the recipes are quite simple. No great color photos, but the price more than makes up for that.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, I use it often 20 Dec 2001
By S. Gardner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is another fine Moosewood publication. It offers unique and varied dessert selections. The recipes are generally well-tested, though a few had a decidedly flat taste that I didn't prefer, such as the chocolate bread pudding and the apple cake. One recipe failed outright, in my opinion (the everyday rice pudding--it was WAY starchy). My step-daughter really loved the bread pudding and apple cake, though, so maybe it's actually a strength of the book, that there's something to suit everyone's taste in it. Most of the recipes have been outstanding, however, and so I would recommend this book totally. The Indian peach dessert is sensational, for instance. The soft, sweet peaches and the crumbly cornmeal topping is a heavenly pairing.
I like the look and feel of the book. It's soothing to work with--it's not glossy and pretentious, it's not merely designed to impress. I reach for this book often, and it has come through for me time and again.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous cookbook! 18 Jan 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you love to bake you'll love this cookbook! Most appreciated is the prep time, baking time, and equipment needed section for each recipe. Easy to read recipes and the results are to die for! The peanut butter cupcakes with cream cheese icing are the BEST we've ever tasted!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well written book where every recipe is a winner 26 Feb 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I bought this book a week ago and have already tested half a dozen desserts from it and plan to make dozens more(I am a home-based professional baker selling to restuarants in my area). The instructions were well written, and included accurate estimates of preparation time. The desserts were easy to prepare, yet had a moderate elegance (not a fancy pastry generally, but definitely classy). Each of the desserts came out exceptionally well, was tasty as well as attractive, and received excellent reviews from my "taste testers" (the family). The variety included was excellent, and while some chocolate recipes were included, it was nice to see some refreshing alternatives. The discussion of ingredients in the glossary is very educational for the home baker, and the inclusion of storage instructions and keeping time for the individual desserts within the body of the recipe helpful. One of the best that Moosewood has put out.
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