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Sweet Satisfaction

A Passion for Desserts
by Emily Luchetti

Sweet Satisfaction: A Passion for Desserts

The title doesn’t lie. Anyone with a sweet tooth looking for some new recipes will appreciate the love that Emily Luchetti has for anything decadent. A pastry chef and author of Stars Desserts, Luchetti’s newest cookbook is just as pleasing to the palate as it is to the eye. This gorgeous book deserves a graphic design award—the uncluttered pages and simple layout make cooking an ease. Although we could use more photographs of the lovely desserts, the instructions are easy to follow, and each recipe includes a “Planning Ahead” paragraph for cooks who can’t spend all day in the kitchen.

And now on to the desserts. These scrumptious sweets are anything but ordinary. Bakers used to finding countless cookie and cake variations will be delighted by entries such as “Apple Caramel Bread Pudding” and “Cappuccino Custard with Cinnamon Cream.” We whipped up the “Chocolate Mocha Truffles”, which tasted incredible and were a breeze to make. The cookbook is also broken up into season-themed chapters; while “Summer Desserts” utilizes fresh items like berries and stone fruits, “Winter Desserts” is full of warm flavors like chocolate and nut. Luchetti has created a masterpiece—a cookbook that contains gourmet recipes that make us feel like pastry chefs as well as baking techniques and instructions that are realistic for all home cooks, no matter what level of expertise.

Reviewed by Laurie Hartzell

(Updated: 12/11/08 SB)

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