Easy Recipes for Delectable Desserts
On Sale: November 2, 2010
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Long before award-winning chef Michel Richard made his first
cÔte de boeuf or prepared his first foie gras terrine, he
was a pastry chef. In Los Angeles, pastry lovers lined up
outside his bakeshop on Wilshire Boulevard, waiting to enjoy
the breads and treats they’d heard were the best in town,
maybe even better than anything in Paris. Now, in this
outstanding collection, the superstar chef returns to his
first love, the food that made him famous—desserts.
Here are mouthwatering, foolproof recipes for American
favorites such as pecan pie and pound cake; Richard’s
personal inventions, such as Floating Islands with Melted
Chocolate Morsels and the "coffee cloud"; reinvented French
classics, such as profiteroles and the Christmas log (bÛche
de NoËl); fruit favorites, including tarts and Pavlovas;
and, of course, plenty of cookies.
Going beyond traditional cookbooks, Sweet Magic shares
Richard’s insights into the thinking and craft behind every
aspect of dessert, with brief essays that explore, explain,
and entice—highlighted by the chef’s own playful illustrations.
Creating exquisite dishes with only a few simple
ingredients—butter, eggs, sugar, flour, chocolate—demands
the instincts of an artist and the soul of a magician. Sweet
Magic will unlock the inner dessert wizard in every home
chef, guiding both newcomers and old hands past common
missteps, to seduce the most flavor and texture from every
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