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Good Housekeeping Illustrated Book of Desserts Hardcover – Sep 1999

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 319 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / Not Applicable (September 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688103561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688103569
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 22.2 x 29.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #378,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
For 21 years, this has been one of my consistent "go to" dessert books. The basic recipes are very doable and do not require overly expensive ingredients. The outstanding recipe for Cannoli Cake on page 132, (Copyright 1991) became a family favorite. Pages 108 & 109 contain simple directions for chocolate garnishes that anyone can make. Honestly.......anyone! Just try the Toasted Almond Cakes (page 105) and see how well these go over. The Double-Chocolate Mousse Cake (pages 84 & 85) is the dessert I so often use as a hostess gift. Wrapped appropriately, it travels well. Everyone now seems to not only look for it but also expect it. Ha! Ha! Initially, I was sort of put off by the photos on page 85 as the cake appears quite dry. Don't let this fool you. This mouse cake is moist, moist, moist!

Through out this entire book, there are many absolutely terrific recipes and photos that help both with demonstrating the "how to" part of things as well as the finished product. The copy I have just ordered is a Christmas gift for a glorious, adult granddaughter. Yes, I am an older, well seasoned home baker (not suggesting I know it all because I do not!). So with all the muster I can manage, I will loudly state that out of my rather extensive collection of cookbooks, by far, this is my most used Dessert cookbook.

If I have one negatively tinged comment, it would be that it arrived as a paper back. Very possibly this was my own doing as my first copy is hardback, I expected this to be likewise. Again, maybe I was not careful enough when selecting my order.
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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My friend has this book and I really wanted one! She gave me this link to buy it on Amazon, something I had never tried before. I was very pleasantly surprised when I received it and it was so inexpensive and in like new shape! I received it in very good time also, and the shipping was very reasonable!
Thank-you!!
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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
This is a great book if you're looking for ideas for different or interesting desserts. It does a great job of leading you through the construction of very impressive desserts. I loved the sections on garnishes. Everything I've made from this book has looked and tasted great
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Format: Hardcover
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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