Sweet Magic: Easy Recipes for Delectable Desserts - Michel Richard

Michel Richard apprenticed many years as a pastry chef before making the leap to chef/owner of D.C.’s starred Central and Citronelle. His SWEET MAGIC: Easy Recipes for Delectable Desserts (Ecco, $27.50), co-written with Peter Kaminsky, is a revolutionary and myth-busting book: Richard makes techniques easier for the home cook, challenging tradition (laying aside the double-boiler in favor of the microwave to temper chocolate, make pastry creams, and puddings, for example). He makes classics far less intimidating, and always explains his shortcuts with deep knowledge and, often, a witty aside: “Soaked (but Not Soggy) Sponge Cake” radically rids us of excess sugar and liquor; the “World’s Flakiest Apple Pie” uses the freezer to make the dough into “free-form puff pastry.” Richard also turns unorthodox ingredients into inspired creations (“Cocoa Puff Chocolate Mousse Cups”); and always asks the reader to explore and invent further.

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ISBN: 9780061928215
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Ecco - November 2nd, 2010