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Aug 7, 2007 11:00 AM

Dessert cookbook for gift

I need to round out a wedding present. The groom's sister told me the bride loves dessert cookbooks, so I'm including the Tartine Cookbook and I would like to include at least one more.

What are people's avorites? They can be favorites for different reasons:

-a classic with great recipes (Cake Bible?)
-a coffee table stunner with amazing photos (?)
-a relative new comer to the scene (I think I covered that with Tartine)
-something unusual?

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  1. I find the recipes in the Moosewood Restaurant Dessert Cookbook to be consistently excellent. It's not a glossy book but the resulting treats are delicious and not too complicated.

    1. I have the Tartine book and it is beautiful and full of lovely desserts and breads (croissants, tarts, cakes). I also have one by the Bay Bread Company in SF (they make my favorite canneles).

      Another good baking book is Baking From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan. Plenty of good cakes and cookies in there.

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      1. re: leanneabe

        Another vote for Baking From My Home To Yours.

        1. re: valerie

          I'll vote for Baking From My Home to Yours as well! I've baked 5 recipes from the book and they have all turned out wonderfully. Dorie writes in a friendly tone and provides clear, specific instructions.

      2. How about "Butter Sugar Flour Eggs" by Gale Gand? Or "Bittersweet" by Alice Medrich?

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        1. re: debit

          I second the Greenspan book and don't see how you could go wrong with Claudia Flemming's The Last Course (unless she already has it)

          1. re: Candy

            Claudia Fleming's book is wonderful - but it is out of print. The cheapest available copy on Amazon right now is $199.00!!

            Another wonderful book is "The Essential Baker" by Carole Bloom.

            1. re: flourgirl

              In a reasonable world, Fleming's book would NEVER be out of print. I've been cooking for a zillion years (or so it often seems), and The Last Course is one of my top five or six favorite cookbooks. My cooking buddy and I regularly try new recipes from it. Just this weekend I had dinner at her new venture...a restaurant and inn on the North Fork of Long Island that she, her husband, and another couple bought last year. Her signature composed desserts were on the menu, and five of us swooned over a course we usually don't bother with.

              Interesting to know I'm sitting on a precious item...although I'm sure the stained pages in my book would decrease its value substantially below $199.

              1. re: Old Spice

                I don't know - those stains may not make a difference - that $199 was the LOWEST price on a copy available - I believe the asking prices go up in to the $600s.

                And I agree, I have a copy as well, and I would never consider selling it.

          2. re: debit

            Butter Sugar Flour Eggs is a great dessert book--my copy is completely beaten up from all of the times I have used it. The King Arthur Flour Baking Companion also has a lot of great desserts.

          3. I really like "Baking with Julia" I've had really good results with everything that I've made from it.

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            1. I received a copy of How To Be A Domestic Goddess, by Nigella Lawson, for my bridal shower. This book inspired me to bake!

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              1. re: jcd

                I do love this book, and it would be fun as part of a wedding gift.

                1. re: JasmineG

                  Don't you just love Nigella? She is so real and unpretentious. I've not made a lot of her recipes, I have the Summer book and How to Eat. I need to get into them more but hot steamy weather has me making Vietnamese food.