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Wine Lover's Dessert Cookbook: Recipes and Pairings for the Perfect Glass of Wine Paperback – 28 Oct 2005

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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (28 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811842371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811842372
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 1.5 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,462,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary Cech is an award-winning pastry chef and pastry arts instuctor. A two-time winner as one of the "Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America" by Chocolatier magazine she was also named "Pastry Chef of the Year" by Chefs in America. Her dynamic career has taken her into the nation's finest kitchens, including Charlie Trotter's, where she served as pastry chef for two years. Jennie Schacht is a culinary writer and consultant specializing in bringing the thoughts and talents of chefs and pastry chefs to the written page. She has worked with television personality Michael Chlarello.

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I saw this book at a vineyard gift shop in Canada, kicked myself for not buying it, then ordered it from

As the previous reviewer states, this is primarily a cookbook (the clue is in the title) giving recipes with suggested wine pairings. With each recipe the authors give both specific and general hints for selecting a wine. For example, with the apricot gingerbread upside-down cake (a fave), they suggest Grgich Hills Violeta from Napa valley, or more generically, a Sauternes, Riesling, Tokaji, or ice wine. This is useful for those of us who find it hard to get hold of some of the particular wines. I have found the chart referencing wine styles and types to dessert flavours very useful for selecting wines to accompany other dessert recipes. Wine and food pairing is not an exact science, and will depend much on personal taste, but with the guidance of this book I have been pleased with the choices I have made.

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By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Sept. 2008
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As someone who loves desserts and wanted to find out more about dessert and wine matching (a notoriously tricky area), I came across this and bought it.

Although, yes, this does have a relatively brief section discussing the principles of dessert and wine matching and a table for matching certain general dessert components with certain wine categories, most of the book is just a recipe book with added notes suggesting particular wine matches. There seem to be too many wine/food writers about who think that just giving lists of recipes and wines is some sort of substitute for really learning about food and wine matching.

What's more, even as someone who loves desserts, there's hardly any of the dessert recipes which I'm tempted to make.

Mightily disappointed in this book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Appetizing 21 Oct. 2005
By Jennifer A. Wickes - Published on
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Two culinary pleasures come together in this book, "The Wine Lover's Dessert Cookbook" by Mary Cech and Jennie Schacht: dessert and wine! Not only are the recipes delicious but the wine education and suggested pairing make wine selection a breeze!

Mary Cech is an award-winning chef and instructor. She has been a pastry chef at a couple of the more prestigious restaurants, and has taught pastry making at the renowned Culinary Institute of America. Her recipes have been featured in numerous publications including Bon Appetit, Chocolatier, Veggie Life and several cookbooks.

Jennie Schacht is a culinary writer who has worked on several cookbooks. She has her own consultation firm, Scahcht and Associates, which aid clients in the food and health care industry.

This beautifully photographed book is loaded with information on selecting wines dependent on the dessert being served. The recipes are delicious and very inspiring. With Mary Cech's expertize at teaching, the recipes are very clear and easy-to-follow.

Some of the delectable recipes found within this book are Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Fresh Peaches, Tropical Fruit Crèpes, Pumpkin Pots de Crème with Candied Pecans and Lemon Cream Mousse.

For the wine-wary, there is an index of complicated wine terms to help you understand wine and how to select wines based on your food.

With the holidays approaching, this would be a wonderful gift to help celebrate!
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
great ideas 28 Nov. 2005
By R. Payro - Published on
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A marriage made in heaven: that of wine and desserts. What a wonderful idea!! The bringing together of two of the world's best offerings (wine and dessert) is a decadent inspiration that Ms Cech and Ms Schacht bring to perfect fruition with mouth watering recipes and superb wine suggestions to accompany them. The book is very friendly even for a novice like me in the art of wine appreciation, and it gives easy to follow recipes. I am up to the challenge of indulging my craving for sweets and wine! I plan to send a book to all my friends and family to create a network where all the recipes will be cooked or baked and later shared and combined with the wine suggestions to improve our palates, delight our spirits while giving us the perfect excuse to get together. I have tested a few of the recipes, and the results have not disappointed. I recommend this book greatly and think at the very least it makes a perfect gift.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Desserts are awesome, design is lame. 17 Feb. 2009
By kiwanissandy - Published on
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I really like this dessert cookbook. Both Mary Cech and Jennie Schacht are knowledgeable and provide some great information with their recipes and wine recommendations.

On page 108, the Chocolate Currant Tartlets were to die for. The Banyuls and Port wine recommendations were spot on. I served the Apple Citrus Custard Tart for New Years without the wine and the dessert itself was wonderful. The recipes are just awesome...but

...the design is lame. All the print is virtually the same color, the titles, the recipes, the wine recommendations, the lines, and it's almost the same font and size. The page just runs together. The em dash page layout and design by Chronicle Books was a poor choice here.

The "Making The Match" wine insets should have been blocked with a different color and font so they stood out as a true side note rather than looking like part of the recipe. The pages jump from single layout to double layout and then back again and it's very hard to tell if you're suppose to read down or across because it's both.

Also, the pictures are all semi-blurry. They are not crystal clear photographs. I don't know if it was suppose to an artistic statement but it's an artistic blunder. I really dislike the off-centered blurry pictures. The book would have been so much better with sharp pics of the desserts as well as the glasses of wine.

The book is excellent, there are no issues with the desserts or wine pairings. It's the actual design that is really the downfall of this book. I hope the authors find a new publisher and remake this cookbook to be a 10, it's now a 7 because of the amateurish appearance.

Regardless, this would be a great book to give as a gift with a bottle of Late Harvest Riesling or a Doisy-Vedrines Sauternes.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Lovely cookbook! 1 Feb. 2006
By Gromer - Published on
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This is a notch up from the usual Chronicle Book publication! I say this because I often find that this publisher puts out cookbooks that are all "beautiful pictures" and very little information. It is clear that the authors worked really hard to deliver good information and content and tips - this book isn't just a vehicle for the photographs. There is lots to read and absorb for each recipe, and the recipes themselves look extremely do-able in one's own humble kitchen. I bought a copy after glancing through it in the bookstore because I know this is definitely a book that I can use (and not just leave around looking pretty). I would say, though, that it functions really well on its own as a dessert cookbook - I'm less interested in the wine pairings - which would interest only those who are sticklers for such things!
elegant and refined dessert recipes 15 April 2014
By casey - Published on
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simple, elegant and maybe easy to prepare dessert recipes paired to match the perfect dessert wine!

Just the type of recipes I am looking for in a cookbook - elegant and restaurant grade!
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