Chez Panisse Desserts Paperback – Nov 22 1994
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From Publishers Weekly
For 13 years the pastry chef at Alice Waters's Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, Calif., Shere presents an outstanding collection of dessert recipes. In her preface, Waters (author of The Chez Panisse Menu Cookbook) notes that "a firm commitment to cooking with the highest quality local, seasonal, fresh ingredients underlies everything we do at Chez Panisse." This cookbook certainly bears that out: the recipes feature fresh fruits, herbs and nuts and are organized by season. Recipes that take advantage of fall's bounty include cinnamon apple ice cream, pear and fig tart, persimmon pudding. There are also chapters devoted to desserts that call for citrus fruits, tropical fruits, berries and summer fruits. And Shere does not forget chocolate lovers, who will be more than sated by such offerings as white chocolate mousse, black bottom pie and chocolate truffles. Not a cookbook for the beginner or the chef in a hurry, this is an elegant book for those with the time and patience to create elegant desserts. October 1
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Top Customer Reviews
For the past two years, I've been following Shere's inspiring book religously in making sherbets and ice creams from whatever's fresh at the Union Square Greenmarket on a given Saturday. I've made wild plum sherbet, nectarine sherbet, apricot sherbet, apricot ice cream, peach ice cream, blueberry ice cream, raspberry sherbet, strawberry sherbet, strawberry ice cream and even coconut (though those weren't grown locally). Each one has been great, and I'm only using a fifty dollar Krups ice cream maker. The differing recipes and strong attention to technique provide a clinic on balancing acidity through lemon peel, sweetness through sugar, and texture through blending and straining.
The author takes the time to describe preparation concepts and technique with enough detail to make sure the cook succeeds, with plenty of suggestions for variations and embellishments. Sure, there are a lot of ice cream recipes - but they happen to yield some of the most exquisite ice creams and sherberts I've ever tasted (I now grow jasmine just for this purpose).
When I decide to make a dessert, this book is the first, and often the only, place I look.
Most recent customer reviews
Chez Panisse is a terrifically famous restaurant in Berkeley, considered the home of California cuisine, and Lindsey Shere is their long-term Pastry Chef. Read morePublished on March 29 2009 by Thea J. Willgress
I've made a lot of pies in my day, and the crust is always the hardest to do right. Even if you use nothing else in this book, the pie crust recipe is worth the price of admission... Read morePublished on June 27 1999
This is an interesting book but too many of the recipes (well over 50 by my count) require the use of an ice cream maker.Published on Oct. 20 1998