Does the thought of baking a cake conjure up a nightmare vision of a 15-ft layer cake, scrolled and fluted with decorations fit for a king? If the word “dessert” just throws you into a cold sweat, the inside scoop on desserts is: they’re actually simple to make. And with the right help...well, just a piece of cake.
In the end, desserts are no harder to make than entrees. And with Desserts For Dummies, you’ll cut even a Wedding Cake recipe down to size, flip Crepes Suzette with aplomb, and throw together a batch of Chocolate Truffles your local chocolatier will envy. And with this handy, down-to-earth guide from a leading pastry chef and a former New York Times restaurant critic, you’ll discover the proper way to read a dessert recipe, organize your ingredients, and also how to:
Before you know it, you’ll start creating desserts that you’ve only dreamed of, like:
About the Authors Bill Yosses is a former pastry chef at the four-star Bouley Restaurant in Manhattan. Currently, he is also the pastry chef at Bouley Bakery, teaches dessert making and baking at the New School for Culinary Arts in Manhattan, and is a visiting instructor at Greystone, the Napa Valley branch of the Culinary Institute of America. He has trained at a number of top bakeries and restaurants in Paris, including Fauchon, La Maison du Chocolat, and Le Notre Pastry School. Bryan Miller is a former New York Times restaurant critic and feature writer and coauthor of IDG Books Worldwide's Cooking For Dummies?(TM). He has also written eight other books, including four editions of The New York Times Guide to Restaurants, The Seafood Cookbook, Classic to Contemporary, Cuisine Rapide, and A Chef's Tale. Miller is the recipient of The James Beard Who's Who Food and Beverage Award, which recognizes outstanding food and wine achievement.
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