This cookbook holds true to its title — it is packed to the brim with GENIUS desserts! New tips to modernize old classics, tantalizing flavor combinations, and gorgeous color photos throughout make this collection a must-have for excited bakers. Try the Whole Orange cake, it's a surefire crowd-pleaser. Recommended By Haley B., Powells.com
Food52 Genius Desserts is a collection of wicked delicious recipes, suggested by the community of the Food52 blog and vetted by the blog staff. The icing on the cake? All of these recipes are designed for an average family kitchen, no fancy equipment required. Recommended By Tracey T., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
In this follow-up to the IACP award-winning, New York Times bestselling cookbook Genius Recipes, Food52 is back with the most beloved and talked-about desserts of our time (and the under-the-radar gems that will soon join their ranks) — in a collection that will make you a local legend, and a smarter baker to boot.
Drawing from her James Beard Award-nominated "Genius Recipes" column and powered by the cooking wisdom and generosity of the Food52 community, creative director Kristen Miglore set out to unearth the most game-changing dessert recipes from beloved cookbook authors, chefs, and bakers — and collect them all in one indispensable guide.
This led her to iconic desserts spanning the last century: Maida Heatter’s East 62nd Street Lemon Cake, François Payard’s Flourless Chocolate-Walnut Cookies, and Nancy Silverton’s Butterscotch Budino. But it also turned up little-known gems: a comforting Peach Cobbler With Hot Sugar Crust from Renee Erickson and an imaginative Parsnip Cake With Blood Orange Buttercream from Lucky Peach, along with genius tips, riffs, and mini-recipes, and the lively stories behind each one.
The genius of this collection is that Kristen has scouted out and rigorously tested recipes from the most trusted dessert experts, finding over 100 of their standouts. Each recipe shines in a different way and teaches you something new, whether it’s how to use unconventional ingredients (like Sunset’s Whole Orange Cake), how to make the most of brilliant methods (roasted sugar from Stella Parks), or how to embrace stunning simplicity (Dorie Greenspan’s three-ingredient cookies). With photographer James Ransom’s riveting images throughout, Genius Desserts is destined to become every baker’s go-to reference for the very best desserts from the smartest teachers of our time — for all the dinner parties, potlucks, bake sales, and late-night snacks in between.
“Food52’s creative director Miglore delivers a solid collection of proven, must-have recipes for an array of desserts. The recipes are sourced from such expert bakers as Rose Levy Beranbaum and Stella Parks, and such chefs as J. Kenji López-Alt and then tested in the Food52 kitchens. The result is a cookbook that will become a go-to for enthusiastic bakers.” Publishers Weekly
“It functions like a treasure hunt, with lovely things casually lurking within the pages...smart, delicious, understated and, yes, genius.” Los Angeles Times
“True to the name, the latest sweets-focused book in Food52’s Genius Recipes series is a collection of gems.” Departures.com
About the Author
Kristen Miglore is the creative director at Food52.com. She abandoned a career in economics in 2007 to pursue a master’s degree in food studies from New York University and a culinary degree from the Institute of Culinary Education. Her writing has since been published in The Wall Street Journal, Saveur, and The Atlantic, and she was nominated for a James Beard Award for Food52’s "Genius Recipes" column in 2014. The column led to the Genius Recipes cookbook in 2015, which won an IACP award in 2016 and became a New York Times bestseller. She lives in Brooklyn and usually has a pastry in her purse.