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Sugar: Simple Sweets and Decadent Desserts [Paperback]

Anna Olson
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Book Description

April 1 2004

On her Food Network show Sugar, pastry chef Anna Olson shows viewers how to create simple, original desserts that they can create at home. Now, Anna's favorite recipes from her show are available in this book! Divided into sections based on key ingredients, such as Fruit, Chocolate, Nuts and Citrus, Anna's recipes progress naturally from one dish to the next. She first includes an easy recipe and then follows it up with a "switch-up" -- a more elaborate recipe to dress it up or transform it into a whole new dessert. For example, Chocolate Orange Pudding turns into Chocolate Orange Cream Pie with the addition of a cookie crust and creamy topping.

Throughout Sugar, Anna provides countless tips such as the best way to unmold a cake and how to prevent nuts from becoming a paste in the food processor. She also explains how following basic rules of baking leads to greater success. Sugar's accessible, creative recipes and helpful hints will assist every home cook to create innovative desserts.


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There aren't many things in life we get to indulge in purely for the pleasure they offer, but Anna Olson's Sugar has about 150 of them. Olson, a former chef at the respected winery restaurant On the Twenty and current host of a Food Network Canada program called Sugar, has collected simple sweets and decadent desserts that combine the classics with some creations of her own. Olson organizes each chapter according to the main ingredient: fruit, citrus, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and nutmeg all have their turn. The tools and techniques she describes in detail are not meant to intimidate but to lead to success. And they do: Crème Brulee turns out rich and redolent of vanilla if you follow her directions to the letter. Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Cake, Baked Alaskas, and Peanut Butter Cookies are all here. So are Warm Lemon Sponge, Sticky Bun Pudding, and Apricot Linzer Torte. Olson offers a "switch up" on every recipe that allows the chef to add a fresh and unexpected flavour or dress a dessert up for a sense of occasion. As a simple sweet, Raspberry Cardamom Cobbler, for example, is delicious and easy to make all on its own. For the twist, Olson adds Chantilly Cream, Raspberry Sauce, and Maple-Toasted Pecans. This is where the decadence comes in. And, for pure elegance, she offers Raspberry Lemon Tart. As Olson point out, cooks who turn out delicious cookies and perfect pastries do so not for their own satisfaction but because they want to share with others. Sugar offers lots of opportunity for sharing. --Carolyn Leitch

About the Author

Anna Olson is a renowned chef, host of the Food Network Canada's show, "Sugar," and author of the best-selling cookbook by the same name. Before hosting the show, she was the pastry chef at Inn on the Twenty, where she met husband Michael. Anna also writes, develops recipes, and teaches cooking classes.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious & easy to follow recipes! Sept. 27 2006
By ntc
Format:Paperback
This is my absolute favourite cookbook. I love watching Ms. Olson's show 'Sugar' so I just had to get this cookbook, and it did not disappoint. Everything I've tried so far has turned out great, with easy to follow recipes and great tips scattered throughout the book. My only complaint is that the book didn't have pictures for everything... but then I'd spend too much drooling and not enough time baking! I just noticed Ms. Olson's second installment (Another Cup of Sugar) and I'll definitely be ordering this book!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "SUGAR" IS A GREAT DESSERTS & BAKING COOKBOOK Jan. 18 2006
By E.M.
Format:Paperback
"Sugar" is an excellent baking cookbook. You will enjoy reading this cookbook and making the recipes. This book is very thorough & informative. Anna Olson has written this book in a friendly and easy to understand manner with very detailed & concise explanations. "Sugar" has 200 pages with some colored photographs. The book's contents are: 1. Acknowledgements; Introduction; 2. Baking Basics: Ingredients; Tools; Techniques; 3. Fruit: Rhubarb; Raspberries; Blueberries; Cherries; Apricots; Blackberries; Nectarines; Apples & Green Apples; Cranberries; Currants; Dates; Pineapples; Bananas; 4. Citrus: Lemons & More Lemons; Limes; Oranges; Grapefruits; 5. Sugar: Honey; Brown Sugar; Butterscotch; 6. Chocolate: White Choc.; Milk Choc.; Cocoa; Classic & More Chocolate; 7. Dairy: Ricotta; Yoghurt; Sour Cream; Whipped Cream; Cream Cheese; 8. Nuts: Walnuts; Pecans; Peanut butter; Cashews; Macadamia Nuts; Almonds; Marzipan; 9. Other Flavours: Vanilla & Vanilla Beans; Coffee; Nutmeg; Cardamom; Oats; Pumpkin; Coconut; 10. Bibliography; Index; About the Author.
Go ahead and treat yourself to this great cookbook. You'll love making these recipes and you and your friends and family will enjoy devouring the delicious results!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars High altitude bakers beware Nov. 26 2008
Format:Paperback
I love Anna's show and when I purchased this cookbook was excited to try the beautifully photographed desserts.

I was disappointed to find that every recipe I have tried (a total of 4 so far) have not even remotely followed the baking time suggested. In many cased I was having to half the time. I have not had this problem with any other cookbook. I will keep trying ... but for those of you who live in high altitude areas... make sure you watch the desserts you are cooking closely!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes life sweet! Jan. 3 2008
Format:Paperback
After buying her second book, my mother demanded to have the first one. Anna Olson's recipes never disappoint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant baking cookbook. June 13 2011
By E. Hale
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent collection of baking recipes. The directions are clear and staightforward, with many helpful tips tucked in the margins. Ms. Olsen's recipes range for those oh-so-good comfort foods (e.g. The Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookie) to elegant desserts such as her wonderfully moist Coconut Chiffon Cake layered with lemon curd and iced with coconut cream icing (made it for my father's birthday and he's still asking about when we might have another one...).
If you enjoy baking delicious treats 'from scratch', you'll love this book.
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