This is one big book, and it is filled with information all aspiring cooks would like to know. The subject is desserts, and author Nancy Bagger sets out to find the best homemade desserts in America. She went to lots of small towns all over the country and asked the people who were their hometown favorites for their specialties.
Many of the recipes have never been written down before. They were passed on from mother to daughter. These delicious recipes are gems to wander through and try. You can make the famous “Whiskey Bread Pudding” from New Orleans, and something called “Lemon Filling for Shortbread Sandwich Cookies” from a California chef who was persuaded to share his recipe with us. (Mothers and daughters, indeed! - Ed)
Nancy tested all of the recipes she had gathered. Other cooks helped her out by trying the recipes, too. Included in this immense volume are tips that will help any cook to recreate the very best desserts America has to offer.
Rainbo Electronic Reviews published this review in our December, 2005 issue.
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