Thursday, 25 November 2010

Michel Richard's Sweet Magic

Sweet Magic
Easy Recipes for Delectable Desserts

Michel Richard with Peter Kaminsky
Hardcover, 240 pages

Part memoir and part dessert baking book, Sweet Magic has renowned master chef Michel Richard return to his roots as a pastry chef. The book offers an intimate look into Richard's beginnings in the culinary world, a green young boy in his native France. A beginning that would take him ultimately to the top echelon of chefs in America, his adopted land.

Dotted throughout the book are his own sketches, giving the reader an informal, cozy feel. But there are also fifty dessert recipes that, although not for the complete novice, are unique and familiar at once, and perfect for the holidays.

Mulled Cider and Rum Risotto anyone? How about Coffee Crème Brûlée or The Ultimate French Toast? Maybe even a Choco-Mocha Layer Cake with Marshmallow Buttercream. There is something for every sweet tooth and every occasion.

The one thing missing from this book though is coloured photographs of the finished desserts. They sound so lovely, I would love to see them in full photographic glory.

In our KitchenPuppy test kitchen, we whipped up a batch of his Macadamia Chocolate Chip Cookies, because - as he freely admits - everyone loves cookies. I personally have eaten half the batch, they have a unique taste with the addition of molasses and are perfectly addictive.