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There are considerably fewer calories in Alice Medrich's latest book than in Cocolat, her first, award-winning cookbook. In Chocolate and the Art of Low-Fat Desserts, Medrich presents recipes that cut fat without compromising texture or flavor--a chocolate lover's dream come true. With offerings like Black Bottom Bananas Napoleons (made with chocolate custard) or Double Chocolate Layer Cake (with less than a third of its calories from fat), Medrich proves that wonderfully indulgent treats don't have to add to your waistline. The book won the 1995 James Beard Cookbook Award.
Medrich is the author of another beautiful cookbook, Cocolat: Extraordinary Chocolate Desserts (LJ 2/15/91), which showcased the indulgent desserts from her California pastry shops. Her low-fat book is not, as one might expect, at the opposite end of the spectrum; there are rich-tasting, elegant creations here too. Some readers will be disappointed to find that, despite the book's title, not all of the recipes are for chocolate desserts, but many are, and the nonchocolate recipes are just as enticing. It's impossible to cut the fat drastically in some desserts without ruining the taste, and Medrich, rather than compromise on flavor, chose 30 percent calories from fat as her limit-which some readers will find too high for their liking. Nevertheless, these are at least "lower-fat" desserts-and they are far more tempting than the recipes in most low-fat dessert books. Highly recommended.
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I have yet to make something in this book that isn't delicious. So far, I've made the marble cake, brownies, tiramisu, chocolate chip biscotti (mmm, tasted just like a real... Read morePublished on March 25 2004 by JS
Clearly Ms Medrich has turned creating low fat, high flavor desserts into an art form! Many low fat recipes taste low fat, but not the ones in this book. Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2001 by Valerie S.
I bought this book recently and was initially a little daunted because everything in it look so very gourmet -- it was intimidating to a novice baker. Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2001 by BG
I got this as a gift, and have since given it as a gift. It is attractive enough to live on the coffee table but practical enough to see a lot of kitchen time. Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2001 by Jeanne Gibbs
I bought this cookbook for the brownie recipe - incredible and low fat. Alice Medrich has brought a great sensibility to low-fat baking. Read morePublished on Dec 12 2000
This book is excellent and dispells the myth that lowfat is boring and not tasteful. The recipes in this book are actually better than some "full-fat" recipes I've... Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2000 by Chrispy Goddess
I can't call myself an expert in any area of the kitchen -- you know, just the Home Ec 101 type. This book was a revelation for me. Read morePublished on Nov. 16 1999 by A. Ryan
Absolutely delicious and not too sweet! Highly recommended to dessert lovers looking for alternatives!Published on Oct. 22 1999