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Good Housekeeping Illustrated Book of Desserts [Hardcover]

Good Housekeeping , Mildred Ying
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June 24 1991
No one can resist a scrumptious dessert at the end of a meal. Imagine saying no to double-chocolate mousse cake, fresh cherry tarts, or a rich, smooth creme caramel!

The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Book of Desserts reveals, in the clearly written and lavishly illustrated style Good Housekeeping has become famous for, how to master the art of dessert making. Though the recipes may look complicated, they're really a breeze to make, so you can delight family and friends with everything from souffli's to cobblers, pies, and tortes; from cookies and cakes to ice cream desserts and fruit drinks.

Here are more than 200 irresistible recipes, some of which are old favorites and some fresh new ideas, all the very best from the Good Housekeeping kitchens. Each is complete with step-by-step photographs to guide you through every aspect of a recipe, as well as a mouth-watering full-color photo of the finished dish so you know what you're aiming for.

Special feature pages round out this "course" in dessert making. You'll find easy-to-follow information and basic instructions for icings, fillings, sweet sauces, and meringues; pastry, piping, and decorating techniques; crusts and fruit containers. Hints and tips for every stage of making and assembling a dessert are included -- freezing, storing, and thawing along with wonderful suggestions for garnishing, decorating, and serving each dish. An extensive glossary of terms makes dessert making even easier, and each recipe has been tested and retested in Good Housekeeping's legendary kitchens for perfect taste and ease of preparation.The next time someone asks "What's for dessert?," you'll have the perfect answer at your fingertips.

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5.0 out of 5 stars For all who love desserts Dec 20 2001
I got this dessert cookbook for my birthday and I have loved it ever since! The recipes are fabulous and so are the pictures! It's even fun to sit down and just look at it - and think of what you are going to make next time you want dessert. Everyone who has tried the things I've made has loved them. This book is very creative, with lots of very interesting and good ideas and ways to add that extra-special touch to your creations. And - by looking at the pictures you would think that these recipes were very difficult and complicated, but they are NOT! If you can read, you can make anything in this book. Not one recipe we have tried (and we've made quite a few) has failed yet.
There is the most delicious recipe in here for cream puffs! Everyone who has tried them has declared they are better than the famous, acclaimed cream puffs you get at the Wisconsin State Fair! The Baklava is also delicious, as well as the coffee angel food cake and the little tiny cookies called "Sweet and spicy Peppernuts." (No nuts in them, but they do have pepper! Great taste! They are just as small as nuts - you make them the size of a 1/8 teaspoon. The batter mixes up so quickly that it doesn't make it take a terribly long time in the long run to form all these tiny little balls, and they taste so good that it's worth it!)
I highly recommend this cookbook to everyone who loves dessert! There is something for everyone - Cakes, Pies, Cookies, Frozen desserts, and the wonderful feast for the eyes as well as the mouth: Special desserts. You will love this book!
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By A Customer
This is my favorite dessert cookbook (and I am somewhat of a cookbook collector). The recipes are well written, delicious and beautiful. The baklava is the very best I have ever had- has made me somewhat famous with friends and family- downside is you'll never enjoy any other baklava again. I am actually online today to order copies for my three young children since I use so many of the recipes as my personal specialties. I know by the time they are old enough to really need them this book will be out of print so I'd better do it now. The recipes are not so difficult, I usually do them with three children helping. They are not usually very short, quick and easy recipes either. You end up with a very impressive, delicious dessert. If you feel it's worth the effort, you'll love this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! April 12 2004
By Caitlin
This book has desserts in almost every category you can think of (cakes, pies, cookies, tarts, mousses, fruit, frozen...) and pictures for every one of them. There are step-by-step instructions for both the recipes and special serving tips (how to make chocolate butterflies, for instance). The back has a section on basic skills, equipment, and recipes, and an index to all of the desserts. I'd recommend this to anyone who likes to cook or eat... especially sweets.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful recipes that work! Aug. 11 2003
By A Customer
I admit I was sceptical when getting this book, but I have yet to be disappointed! Clearly written recipes, accessible ingredients, beautiful pictures for every dessert you can imagine. No, this is not French pastry quality, not does it pretend to be. These are foolproof recipes for the home cook, that work! My favorite so far is the sour cream peach streusel pie, but I'm sure a lot more will follow after I try more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars oOooOoo sooo good!!!! Dec 10 2002
this book is amazing!
it has sooooo many different desserts u can make, and has pictures for every single recipe, which is important for me to know what i'm making is supposed to look like!
I'd definitely recommend this book, it is a must have for people who love 'la dolce vita'!
I'm getting hungry from just thinking about the desserts in this book!!!!
have fun bakin'!
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By B. Lund
The illustrations are enough to motivate even the most reluctant cook. I love the special sections on garnishes and decorating techniques. Some of the recipes are time consuming, but many of them are deceptively simple. It's a great book for the average cook who occasionally wants to make something impressive!
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