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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Book Publishing Company (Feb. 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570671834
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570671838
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 20.5 x 1.2 cm
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About the Author

Fran Costigan has developed many courses at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts and at the Institute of Culinary Education. She has been a pastry chef at leading restaurants in NYC and caters as well as instructs. Her first book was Great Good Desserts Natually.

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1889bdc) out of 5 stars You'll never believe this desserts are vegan! Sept. 25 2006
By Cathe - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is completely vegan and most recipes contain some whole grain ingredients and less refined sweeteners.

The first chapter - Getting Started - contains helpful information about baking without dairy products and using natural sweeteners. I especially liked the "Tips and Techniques for Making and Baking Desserts" and "A Baker's Dozen Secrets to Successful Desserts." I also like that Costigan recommends using organic ingredients.

The rest of the book is devoted to recipes. I particulary enjoyed the information, advice and tips at the beginning of each section.

- Great Good Gels, Creams, Puddings, and Sauces

- Great Good Cookies, Bars, and Little Bites

- Great Good Cobblers, Crisps, Biscuits, Muffins, and More

- Great Good Cakes, Fillings, Frostings, and Glazes

- Great Good Pies and Tarts

- Great Good Fruit, Beverages, Frozen Desserts, and Confections

For me, the most surprising thing about these recipes was how light they all were - even when I replaced the white sugar with whole wheat. You defintely would never guess the recipes were vegan or healthier than the typical white sugar/white flour, made with dairy desserts.

My only problem - and I have this critism with almost all dessert cookbooks - is that all the recipes were too sweet. I cut down the sweetener by 1/4 to 1/2 in almost everyone. But that is easily done and would not keep me from using this book.

Our favorite recipes were Currant Scones, Oat Sesame Squares, and Coconut Sorbet. Yum!
33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1889fe4) out of 5 stars Carpe Dessert Feb. 21 2006
By veggiegal - Published on
Format: Paperback
Fran Costigan has done it again. Her latest cookbook, More Great Good Dairy-free Desserts Naturally, is much more than an update of Great Good Desserts Naturally, her first such book published in 1999. Seven years and five reprints later, Costigan's recipes from working as a consultant in professional kitchens, baking custom cakes for private clients, and teaching at the Natural Gourmet Cookery School and the Institute of Culinary Education in NYC, were compiled for a more

comprehensive dairy- and egg-free dessert cookbook.

The first 23 pages are devoted to listing and defining essential

ingredients and equipment, tips and techniques for making and baking desserts ("Think like a pastry chef: Organize your mise en place"), and a baker's dozen secrets to successful desserts ("Use pure vanilla extract, not vanillin, an artificial flavoring"). Costigan demystifies the "natural sugar" confusion by categorizing granulated sugar into "dark whole," and "light natural," with five pages devoted to natural sweeteners.

There are over two-hundred pages of mouth-watering recipes, including gels, creams, puddings, sauces, cookies, bars, little bites, cobblers, crisps, biscuits, muffins, cakes, fillings, frostings, glazes, pies, tarts, fruit, beverages, frozen desserts, and confections. Costigan's expertise as a pastry chef is captured in her fool-proof, flaky pie crusts and tarts. She painstakingly walks the reader through each step in such a way that you feel you are in her classroom. (I might add that my pie crust turned out perfect!)

New Yorkers will want to try the New York Eggless Cream made with Costigan's incredibly decadent Ultimate Chocolate Sauce, and kids of all ages will go nuts for the Caramel Popcorn Treats. Coconut aficionados will salivate over the Coconut Cloud Layer Cake, a version of which was served at Costigans' sons' wedding. Did someone mention chocolate? There are over 20 chocolate recipes listed in the index, including a unique version of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups filled with

peanut butter mousse!

More Great Good Dairy-free Desserts Naturally was well worth the wait. It is a must-have for anyone who enjoys baking, regardless of their experience.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa188a078) out of 5 stars Great Book Jan. 16 2007
By N. Cloud - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have been vegan for nearly 9 years and have done quite a bit of baking both in restaurants and at home. This book gave me a clear understanding of the baking process as well as a wide variety of baked goods to prepare. I have to admit the german carob un-chocolate cake is one of the best recipies I've ever used for a cake. Many non-vegan friends never knew the difference and joked that I'd returned to their side. With the recipies in this book you don't have to give up light moist cakes. Thanks Fran. And I can't wait till I have time to take your pastry class in New York!
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa188a408) out of 5 stars A nutritious baker's paradise Dec 30 2006
By Alisa Marie Fleming - Published on
Format: Paperback
Who wouldn't love to merge health and dessert? Fran Costigan's extensive culinary experience combined with her desire to have her cake and eat it too, has resulted in too many `healthy' dessert recipes to fit in just one cookbook. More Great Good Dairy-Free Desserts is a follow up to her first work, Great Good Desserts Naturally! Though I haven't viewed her first book, I can say that it would be hard to top this second edition.

As someone who absolutely loves to bake I was delighted by the extensive variety of Crisps, Cobblers, Brown Betties, Tarts, Pies, Cakes, Frostings, Cookies, Brownies, Muffins, Quick Breads... really I could go on. I counted approximately 100 recipes, each one dairy free, egg free, and I believe vegan (there is even a honey-free baklava).

Though I am a regular bread and cookie baker, I was particularly intrigued by a few of the not-so common offerings in this book. Several are surprisingly soy-free (and nut-free for that matter), such as the Banana Cream Pudding, the Ultimate Chocolate Sauce and Icing, and the New York Eggless Cream. Of course, the Peanut Butter Mousse in Chocolate Candy Cups is next on my list for sampling (the full color photo really sold me on this one), and it is hard for me to pass up something as unique as Carob Cashew Frosting (also soy-free).

Beyond the recipes themselves, this cookbook is very well organized and structured. The fonts are large, the recipes are well defined, and variations are included throughout. Each chapter opens with a two-page discussion of tips and suggestions, such as "how to make a foolproof flaky pie crust."

Now, I should clarify my use of the word `healthy' when describing this cookbook. Added sugars/sweeteners are used in most of these recipes. However, the author devotes several pages to explaining sweeteners and how to use them. Her recipes include only the most natural sweeteners such as maple syrup, evaporated cane juice, fruit, and molasses, for a more wholesome product. Wherever possible (when it doesn't sacrifice the quality of the end product) whole grain flours are used. Fats, leaveners, thickeners, gels, and starches are all explained in detail, and the healthiest options are noted and used in all of her recipes.

It appears that Fran Costigan's intent is to create delicious desserts that are decadent, but also provide real nutritional value. From my perspective, she has certainly succeeded.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa188a540) out of 5 stars All that was missing in the first one.... Nov. 18 2006
By A. Vicente - Published on
Format: Paperback
I was so pleased to see that Fran had published a new & improved edition of her first cookbook. While I enjoyed some of the recipes in the first cookbook, it had a lot of jells, drinks etc. I was unhappy with how few cookie, bread & muffin recipes there were. Which is why I was so glad to see that in this new book she has incorporated tons of new recipes for cookies, muffins & breads. All the old ones are in here too. Don't get me wrong the first cookbook was great too, but I found some of the instructions left out or unclear. All of the mistakes have been fixed in this one. The instructions are much more precise & clear. Some delicious additions include recipes for vegan, PB cookies, Chocolate CHip cookies, vanilla wafer, pumpkin bread, banana muffins, and coconut cake!!! I made the coconut frosting last night & frosted the chocolate cake to live for. Amazing!!! The first time around I was uneasy about using any white flour. But, as she explains in the intro, it gives cakes that "cakey" consistency you need. So, now I buy organic unbleached white & feel ok about it, and WOW what a difference. That would be my only advice. These recipes are tried and true. Fran has worked them over and over to perfect them, you can tell... so when she says use half whole wheat, half white, DO IT! She's always right. Can't wait to make some of these goodies for Christmas :)