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DessertBuzz Holiday Gift Ideas: Books for the foodie

07 Dec 2011, Posted by Niko in Foodie gift guide, Reviews

A favorite dessert book of 2011 Susan Hochbaum's PastryParis

One of my favorite books of 2011 was NYC-based author Susan Hochbaum’s PastryParis: In Paris Everything Looks like Dessert.  This great book explores, through beautiful images, the connection between the pastries of Paris and Parisian industrial designs.  A perfect gift for any pastry connoisseur or industrial design student. $19.95.  See A Passion for Food for an in-depth review with page shots.

Tracey Zabar's One Sweet Cookie is another DessertBuzz fave

Another great gift book is One Sweet Cookie by Tracey Zabar (also from New York City). A great collection of cookie recipes from top pastry chefs–many from New York City, including Lidia Bastianich, Daniel Boulud, Terrance Brennan, Dorie Greenspan, Thomas Keller, Jacques Torres, and Laurent Tourondel.  Available at Zabars online or in the store. $24.95

Cooking With Chocolate is the grandest chocolate pastry book you can give

Finally, the mac-daddy, the bling-bling king of dessert and pastry books: Cooking With Chocolate by Frederic Bau.

This comprehensive reference book (by Mr Valrhona himself) offers tons of recipes for working with chocolate in the home kitchen.  The book features over 100 step-by-step techniques: chocolate basics (tempering, ganaches, pralines), candy fillings, decorations, doughs, creams and mousses, ice cream and sorbet and sauces.   There is even a ninety-minute DVD included!

Organized into nine sections, 100 recipes are simplified for the home cook: classics (Sachertorte, pro fiteroles, molten chocolate cake), tarts (chocolate-pear, nut-caramel), snacks (macaroons, waffles, brownies, choco-ginger churros), frozen desserts, special occasions (dark chocolate fondue, hazelnut-praline Yule log), and candy (truffles, lollipops, coconut bars).  A freaking steal at $31.95.

  • rosemary

    These all look great and I think I need to ask Santa for every one of them! I really like the cookie one especially since I love to bake cookies at home.

  • Niko

    Rosemary, the Tracey Zabar book is great– if you actually bake it’s even better 🙂 Tell me who to email your “wish list” to.

  • Michael

    Don’t know if this is already on your radar, but my new book, Sweet Invention: A History of Dessert came out in October. It seems like something that would be right up your alley. See the website for more info.

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