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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Barlow Book Publishing (Nov. 3 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0993765602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0993765605
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 2.7 x 27.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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About the Author

Lesley Stowe is a well-known Vancouver chef and the creator of the famous Raincoast Crisps—one of Oprahs "10 Favorite Things." Before becoming the queen of crisps, Stowe ran a highly successful catering and food store in Vancouver that became famous for such delectable desserts as Death By Chocolate, served at Vancouvers top restaurants. A Paris-trained chef, Stowe has published several successful cookbooks, including The Lesley Stowe Fine Foods Cookbook.

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Lesley Stowe's Cook books have always been a staple in my cookbook collection. I was looking forward to the release of a pure Dessert cookbook. The book didn't disappoint! I immediately made the cover Pavlova. Huge hit!!! The book is beautiful. Every recipe has an inspiring photo and an introduction. I love that it is divided into sections from cookies to Dinner Party desserts. The Holiday Favorites has lots of good choices for Christmas Cookie exchanges - I'll even make my dog her treats this year! This book is a joy to read and peruse. I am looking forward to making and eating more of these recipes.
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I LOVE this book. Everything about it is a win-win; in other words, it possesses all the criteria that qualify it as a “keeper.” If you love cooking, and baking in particular, and collect cookbooks, then this one is a must to add to your library. It is now in mine. Not only is it visually stunning to look at (the visual images are gorgeous), but also the content passes the tried and true test. The tested recipes are easy to follow, include valuable tips, and are accompanied by serving suggestions, as well as suggestions on how to vary ingredients (which comes in handy when you don’t want to dash out to the shop). But most important are the recipes themselves – there is something for everyone and every occasion. The book is divided nicely from cookies and bars to tarts and cakes, including the author’s version of classics to lovely surprises like the “Chocolate Raincoast Crisp Tiffin Bars,” which feature the author’s internationally famous “Crisps” in the list of ingredients. The author’s versions of fancy “Dinner Party Desserts,” that often seem challenging even to the seasoned baker, are enticing—nothing in this book seems too complicated. Stunning desserts like “Concord cake a la notre,” is doable thanks to easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step images to consult. If you’re looking for a new cookbook for the holiday season, then look no further, and it will be my go-to book throughout the year. Yay!
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Look no further; It's finally here! Lesley Stowe's "Desserts from my Kitchen" is the only dessert cookbook you will ever need. Not only is it the most elegant and simply beautiful dessert book I've ever seen it's also filled with super helpful tips which eliminate any intimidation factor! I also love her personal touch at the beginning of every single recipe. As you read through each of them you feel very much a part of her journey over the years as she searched for the "wow factor" which was missing in the Vancouver food scene years ago. Plus how can you not fall in love with a book which dedicates an entire page, including photo, to a treat for her gorgeous dog Libby? Thank you Lesley; you have definitely inspired me! I'm off to the kitchen!
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HASH(0xa17c8774) out of 5 stars Easy, elegant desserts that are sure to wow! March 22 2015
By Bundt Lust - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Lesley Stowe, the creator of one of my favorite snacks Raincoast Crisps, is also a Paris-trained chef who has published several successful cookbooks as well as sharing her tips for cooking and entertaining on shows like Entertainment Tonight Canada and CTV Morning Live. After returning to Vancouver from cooking school in Paris, she noticed that there was a distinct lack of elegant, sophisticated desserts like those found in France and opened a catering business. Her first cookbook, “The Lesley Stowe Fine Foods Cookbook,” was published in 2006, but she had longed to do a cookbook just about desserts.

Enter 2014’s “Desserts From My Kitchen.” In addition to all of Lesley’s favorite creations, you’ll also find For Best Results pointers as well as instructional videos on Lesley’s YouTube channel. “Desserts From My Kitchen” is divided into nine chapters including baking basics to cookies, bars, tarts, cakes, dinner party desserts, frozen desserts and holiday favorites. Beginning with the cookies, I loved some of the unusual pairings such as the lime pecan thins, apricot ginger cookies, lemon clove cookies, and winterfruit drops. The stellar and bars deserve special mention, from the caramelly Carmelita bars and very Canadian butter tart bars to the chocolate pecan rum, chocolate, caramel and espresso, apricot almond with white chocolate, and hazelnut anise biscotti.

Tarts include French classics such as the tarte tatin to a tropical toasted macadamia coconut tart, papaya passion fruit tart, decadent bittersweet chocolate tart and caramel nut crunch tart with chocolate truffle pastry. Several of the showstopping cakes are also gluten-free (Cracker Queen’s chocolate macadamia nut cake, chocolate date pecan cake with bourbon crème anglaise, Beijing chocolate spice cake). I made the Beijing chocolate spice cake and loved the complex notes from the Chinese five-spice powder (a suggested variation includes cinnamon and chipotle for a Mexican flair); using whole star anise as a garnish makes for a gorgeous presentation. I also appreciated tips for freezing and refreshing cakes as oftentimes I don’t have the time to make a dessert right before the event.

The chapter on dinner party desserts will give you a wide range of cobblers, crumbles, puddings, panna cottas and pots de crème to choose from. The semifreddos and frozen desserts offered many fantastic base recipes to experiment with; as a ginger fanatic, I loved the candied ginger and macadamia nut semifreddo, and the chocolate and Gosling’s rum semifreddo. Holiday favorites include festive finales such as drinks (Mexican hot chocolate, chai), cookies (shortbread, rugelach), cheesecakes, tarts, and cakes (yule log, chocolate chestnut torte, fruitcake) that are sure wow guests.

Recipes are given in American and metric measurements (American measurements on the left, metric to the right), and I loved that some of the recipes have instructional videos on YouTube on Lesley’s channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCleB4fdPrk_NEjTN9tnIF2Q). Along the way, you’ll learn many French classics such as clafoutis, choux puffs, tarte tatin, a lovely silky lemon curd, ganache and praline. Other basic recipes include cream cheese and chocolate truffle press pastry, sweet tart dough, and almond paste.

I found Lesley’s instructions to be straightforward and approachable and appreciated the many tips and optional step-by-step instructional videos on YouTube, which is great for mastering new techniques. I also loved the layout of the recipes (and the inclusion of both metric and American measurements). The end result is restaurant-worthy desserts that combine French techniques, international influence, and nods to comfort baking.
“Desserts From My Kitchen” has given me many creative, delicious ways to inspire my baking; with cues from French pastry and technique combined with tropical and nostalgic flavors, it’s a book that is approachable by home bakers (the YouTube videos are particularly helpful for those new to baking) and the desserts will leave a lasting impression on your guests!

(Thank you to Lesley and publicist for my review copy!)
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HASH(0xa1446624) out of 5 stars This is an absolutely beautiful book! The choice of recipes is fantastic Dec 8 2014
By Jim - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is an absolutely beautiful book! The choice of recipes is fantastic, the recipes are clear, and the photography makes you want to make each and every one of these desserts. A perfect gift for the holidays!!
HASH(0xa14468a0) out of 5 stars This is a "must have" for the dessert lover and lover of baking! Dec 10 2014
By Jack - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Beautiful photos, very interesting variety of cookies, cakes and other desserts with complete instructions easy to follow. Pictures and descriptions made my mouth water!
HASH(0xa1446888) out of 5 stars easy to read June 27 2016
By Aggie's Mom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Interesting recipes, easy to read. Arrived on time.