Monday, 20 June 2011

Bon Appétit Desserts - Barbara Fairchild

Bon  Appétit Desserts by Barbara Fairchild is a must have for those who love desserts. It is a cookbook for all things sweet and wonderful.  I saw this book on Book Depository when I was ordering my ' Around My French Table ' by Dorie Greenspan.  Read the review on it and I am sold !  I knew I just had to order it together with my other books.  There are many simple and delicious dessert recipes from this book that will have me glued to it.  I love every single recipes in it and the book arrived realy this month and I am now the proud owner of this book :)

This review is taken from amazon .com

" We have always enjoyed the dessert recipes in Bon Appetit magazine so a purchase and review of the cookbook was not a question of if, but when. The Desserts cookbook is big, with quality printing and good color photos. The layout is easy to follow and we thought the use of whisks instead of stars to indicate the complexity of the recipe was creative. 

The books begins with pantry and equipment suggestions and then techniques which might be helpful to many. The techniques sections uses illustrations where I believe pictures would have been better. For example, showing dough textures on page 37 is meaningless to the reader. We would suggest that the editor change this in the next version. From here we move to the recipes that starts with cakes. 

There does not seem to be any order to how the recipes are organized in each section. There are subsections (example 5 in cakes), but if this was targeted for a large audience then perhaps sections should have started with the one whisk recipes and then moved to the four whisk recipes in each section. The pictures are well done but limited in scope. We have all seen magazines begin to have a light table grid of recipe pictures that could have played well here. At the beginning of each section they could have a 9 photo grid of each recipe and then cut back on the full page pictures. I enjoy pictures and cookbooks can always be lacking in too few of them. Pictures make me want to make the recipe. 

The tips and layout of the recipes are good. The recipes selections would keep one entertained in desserts for quite a while with many visits to the treadmill. Our first recipe was a Cranberry Lime tart that did not disappoint. The holiday season will bring some other trials. Lime Snowball cookies looks interesting but it does require lime oil. We actually expected to find more recipes with uncommon ingredients but were pleased that they minimized their inclusion. " 


I highly recommend sweet lovers and  aspiring bakers to get this book. It is a compilation of recipes  from the magazines Bon Appétit Desserts . Every kind of dessert is covered- cakes and cupcakes; pies, tarts and pastries; custards and puddings, fruit desserts, frozen desserts, cookies , bars and brownies, candy and even a chapter is devoted on cheesecake.  A great cookbook that I think every aspiring baker should buy :)  Now that I have this book in hand , I will have no problem making dessert for pot bless dinner , I can find it all in this one book.  It comes in hardcover with 689 pages and 600 over mouth watering recipes.

There is a 10% discount from Book Depository - Summer sale - just click the shortcut link on the sidebar and it will lead you to the BD website.

Have fun and a blessed Monday !

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  1. is the 10% sale still on?

  2. Lena...yessss it is still on till august...summer sale. worth buying especially now you have the 10% off.