COOKING & FOOD

Dessert Person: Recipes and Guidance for Baking with Confidence

Clarkson Potter: Crown. Oct. 2020. 368p. ISBN 9781984826961. $35. COOKING
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Former Bon Appétit staffer Saffitz is a culinary YouTube star, known for her homemade riffs on classic junk food staples like Twinkies, Oreos, and Doritos. Most of Saffitz’s recipes have a unique savory-sweet flavor profile that will be refreshing for bakers looking for alternatives to sweet and rich desserts; likewise, she shuns over-the-top styling, food coloring, and heavy frosting, instead preferring to build dessert recipes around fresh ingredients. In this collection, she presents a variety of seasonal—and sometimes unusual—sweet bakes including quince and almond tart, a salty nut tart with rosemary, and cranberry pomegranate mousse pie. All recipes are assigned a difficulty rating, and are arranged in each chapter from easiest to most difficult. Ingredient measurements are provided in cups, grams, and ounces.
VERDICT Saffitz’s debut cookbook will be in high demand, though it will appeal most to experienced bakers seeking a challenge and those who appreciate modern flavor combinations in sweet and savory bakes.

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