Eliza and I drove out to the Loveless Cafe today to interview pastry chef Alisa Huntsman. Her new book, Desserts from the Famous Loveless Cafe, is coming out from Artisan in September.

We'll have a full review of the book and its recipes from a real professional in our September issue, but after trying out this little spread, Eliza and I can say with certainty that Alisa's recipes are full of down-home goodness—they're classics, yet made with modern flair and by a baker who searches out fresh, quality ingredients with zeal. The woman makes her own version of Nilla Wafers, for heaven's sake.

Hope this whetted your appetite for Eliza's chat with Alisa, coming soon. As for me, I'm still working off these delicious desserts, but I might one day eat again. Maybe.

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