Grace's Sweet Life: Homemade Italian Desserts from Cannoli, Tiramisu, and Panna Cotta to Torte, Pizzelle, and Struffoli Paperback – Jun 12 2012
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"Grace Massa Langlois is a lady after my own heart....I appreciate how Grace doesn't dumb anything down or skimp on the steps, all while making these potentially tricky desserts feel completely approachable." The Kitchn.com
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I have waited a long time for a book like this because I now have the tools (with pictures) necessary to make some of the amazing deserts that I grew up having. I never wanted to attempt any of them before, fearing that they were far too complicated and once completed, would certainly ruin my childhood memories.
Well, that has all changed now! I am ready to head into the kitchen with confidence and a copy of ”Grace’s Sweet Life” under my arm, knowing that my deserts will rival those that I remember eating as a kid with a huge appetite!
I think I’m going to start simple; order the pizzelle maker and make some pizzelles like the ones my Nanny used to put in my lunch, followed perhaps by the Italian meringue.
Thanks so much Grace, for putting such an awesome book together and sharing your recipes with the world.
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The pictures are beautiful (almost every recipe has a picture of the finished product), the instructions are easy to follow, and I love that all the recipes have an introduction which tells you what to expect. Sometimes I wish that there were pictures to go along with some of the instructions but this isn't a big deal.
The pastry cream is heavenly (and it is pretty easy to make), plus the variations are endless (think white chocolate, chocolate, cinnamon, espresso, coconut, etc). Italian meringue (think a light fluffy frosting), croissant dough, puff pastry, tiramisu (one of my favorites but I now wish Grace would make a raspberry tiramisu and include the recipe for ladyfingers), chocolate truffle tart with chocolate glaze, chocolate éclairs with pastry cream, and Nutella soufflé (I'm pretty sure Nutella is one of my favorite things to eat and this soufflé is delicious) . I will slowly work my way to the more complicated recipes as time allows.
I really enjoy this cookbook. I love to cook and these recipes satisfy my family's and my own sweet tooth. Thanks Grace!
I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my review. However this did not affect my opinions. All opinions are my own and my immediate family's.
Grace's book is a staple in our petit dessert creation now.
Everything is laid out in simple steps,and the recipes themselves rely more on high quality ingredients prepared with care, than on a huge array of ingredients. You can substitute vanilla essence for the actual vanilla pods, or another flour for the high quality Italian 'doppio zero'she recommends for some pastries, but, since otherwise the ingredients are pretty straightforwards, I suspect there will be a difference in the finished dessert.
Since my own cooking is generally confined to fry, barbeque, and boil,the only recipe I have tried so far is the vanilla poached pears-much more elegant in Italian-Pere al Vaniglia. Yummy. I shall be cautiously widening my cooking possibilities, now I've dabbled one toe in the water.