by Sybil PrattNovember 2006
Treasures from the oven
Dorie Greenspan has baked with the best and has eight fabulous cookbooks to prove it. She's spent years translating the elaborate creations of great pastry chefs, making them accessible for us mere mortals, but all the while baking the homey desserts of her heart in her small city kitchen. Baking: From My Home to Yours is her homage to those homey treats, a treasure trove of doable desserts that will make you and everyone you bake for supremely happy. It's a big book with lots of luscious full-color photos and more than 500 recipes that range from basic biscuits to a divine dacquoise filled with fluffy white chocolate ganache and roasted pineapple. There are riffs on cheesecake that vary the crust and the flavoring, a dozen brownies from gooey to chewy, a Thanksgiving-perfect Cranberry-Lime Galette, buttery SablÅ½s superb for Christmas giving, not to mention the tortes, tarts, crisps, crumbles and creams. Dorie thinks clearly and writes clearly, so every recipe is a foolproof gem, plus she's right there with hints for serving, storing and playing around with ingredients. A brand-new timeless classic.