Synopses & Reviews
Finalist, James Beard Foundation Award, Baking & Dessert (2013)
Since 2003, Valerie Gordon has provided Angelenos with award-winning sweets and baked goods from her boutique in Silverlake and her booths at the Santa Monica and Hollywood farmers’ markets. With two restaurants opening in 2013 and this comprehensive cookbook filled with her beloved recipes, now even more people can eat and bake the Valerie way. Favorite desserts like petits fours, cakes, truffles, and cookies have been perfected with the addition of candied rose petals, atomized chocolate, fleur de sel, matcha tea, and other special ingredients. Valerie re-creates desserts from Los Angeles’s lost restaurants such as Chasen’s and the Brown Derby; she simplifies the process of making jam; she provides an accessible way to mix and match components so readers can design their own luscious cakes and pies. Filled with helpful tricks, recipes for a range of tastes, and gorgeous full-color photographs, Sweet is destined to become every baker’s favorite cookbook
Gordon founder of the acclaimed Valerie’s Confections shares her passion for creating high quality pastries and candies. Full color photographs highlight the simple beauty of Gordon’s creations which can be mastered by the home cook with a little effort. Recipes are divided into celebration and everyday cakes pies tarts chocolates confections cookies bars spoon desserts and jams offering a varied mix of fruity buttery and chocolaty treats. In addition to painstakingly recreating once famed but now extinct desserts like Blum’s Coffee Crunch Cake Chasen’s Banana Shortcake and Bullocks’s Wilshire Coconut Cream Pie Golden shares homey favorites such as lattice topped berry pie classic shortbread and brownies. Her jasmine panna cotta chocolate pot de crème and tiramisu trifle are simply mouthwatering as are her coconut finger lime cookies and salted peanut blondies. Golden’s confections are also truly exceptional and include almond fleur de sel toffee chocolate dipped coffee crunch and single malt scotch truffles. To help the less practiced achieve more professional results Golden offers helpful hints on everything from cake building and petit fours to tempering chocolate and working with dough. She also provides a useful section on ingredients and equipment that make for a well stocked baking kitchen. This thoroughly delightful collection is a must have for baking and confectionary enthusiasts everywhere. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
"Full-color photographs highlight the simple beauty of Gordon's creations. . . . This thoroughly delightful collection is a must-have for baking and confectionary enthusiasts everywhere." --Publishers Weekly
, starred review
"A gorgeous book full of decadent desserts I will most definitely be eating." --Design*Sponge various
"Full-color photographs highlight the simple beauty of Gordon's creations. . . . This thoroughly delightful collection is a must-have for baking and confectionary enthusiasts everywhere."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review
About the Author
From a childhood love of sweets, Valerie Gordon developed a lifelong passion for baking. After spending her formative culinary years working in restaurants in San Francisco and Los Angeles, she opened Valerie Confections with her partner, Stan Weightman Jr., in 2003. Valerie has been featured in Vogue, House & Garden, Newsweek, InStyle, USA Today, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, and The Splendid Table, and on Unique Eats on Cooking Channel. Valerie and Stan live in Los Angeles with their two children, August and Lee.