Great Desserts from the City's Best Pastry Shops
by Dorie Greenspan (Hardcover—2002)
Like most lovers of pastry and Paris, Dorie Greenspan has always marvelled at the jewel-like creations displayed in bakery windows throughout the City of Light. Now, in a charmingly illustrated tribute to the capital of sweets, Greenspan presents a splendid assortment of recipes from Paris’s foremost pastry chefs in a book that is as transporting to read as it is easy to use.
From classic recipes, some centuries old, to updated innovations, Paris Sweets provides a sumptuous guide to creating cookies, from the fabled madeleine to simple, ultra-buttery sablés; tarts, from the famous tatin, which began its life as an upside-down error, to a delightful strawberry tart embellished with homemade strawberry marshmallows; and a glorious range of cakes—lemon-drenched "weekend cake," fudge cake, and the show-stopping opéra. Paris Sweets brims with assorted temptations that even a novice can prepare, such as coffee éclairs, rum-soaked babas, and meringue puffs. Evocative portraits of the pastry shops and chefs, as well as information on authentic French ingredients, make this a truly comprehensive tour. An elegant gift for Francophiles, armchair travellers, bakers of all skill levels, and certainly for oneself, Paris Sweets brings home a taste of enchantment.