Bon Appetit Desserts: The Cookbook for All Things Sweet and Wonderful
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Bon Appetit Desserts: The Cookbook for All Things Sweet and Wonderful

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For more than 50 years, Bon Appetit magazine has been seducing readers with to-die-for desserts. From quick homestyle cookies to unforgettable special-occasion finales such as spiced chocolate torte wrapped in chocolate ribbons, Bon Appetit showcases meticulously tested recipes that turn out perfectly--every time. Now, culled from Bon Appetit's extensive archives and inclu

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Published September 14th 2010 by Andrews McMeel Publishing LLC
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Bon Apetit Desserts is a big, huge, beautiful book packed with recipes for every type of dessert you could ever want to make. More than 600 recipes are included, most from the archives of the magazines, but a few new ones as well. With that many recipes all in one place you will find every kind of cake, pie, pudding, tart, cookie, candy and cheesecake. Here are a few of the ones I tried out:

Chocolate -Peanut Butter Cake with Cream Cheese and Butterfinger Frosting
Wow! This is an over-the-top indu...more

EXPRESS REVIEWS – Dec. 9, 2010

Fairchild, Barbara (text) & Con Poulos (photogs.). Bon Appétit Desserts: The Cookbook for All Things Sweet and Wonderful. Andrews McMeel. 2010. 689p. photogs. index. ISBN 9780740793523. $40. COOKING
Bon Appétit magazine has been a tried-and-true classic for over 50 years and still manages to stay relevant today. Fairchild, editor in chief since 2000, has gathered over 600 recipes from the magazine's archives into one gargan...more
Natasha  A.
***Please go to my blog to see the whole review - this does not contain my attempts at some of the recipes***

Who do I recommend to?
ANYONE who loves to bake and make delicious sweet treats!
OR anyone who wants to learn how to!

Why did I read it?
It's a dessert cookbook. Need I say more?

My Rambles:

Wow!! There is so much in this book, and at over 700 pages I mean soo much! I've gone through the book cover to cover and I drooled over all the possibilities. I even got to make a couple of the recipes th...more
Everything I've made from this book has been wonderful. Don't be put off by recipes that sound complicated or snooty from the title. The directions are easy to follow and the results are delicious. The only thing that would make this book better is more pictures of the finished product (there are pictures for only about 1/3 or fewer recipes in the book). There are many recipes/variations, so it wouldn't be feasible for all to have a picture (the book is already quite hefty), but I sometimes find...more
You know this is amazing when you open it randomly and the first thing you see is a recipe for Pumpkin and Brown Sugar Créme Brûlée. I could live in this book!
"Weeded" at the library, brought home for 2$ and really wondering if that was a WISE idea.

But oh god, some of the desserts in here not only look fabulous, but creative - baklava cheesecake? sign me up!

Edit - I sat for half an afternoon just pouring over this. I'm ashamed to say I might make 2 recipes out of the book (I have to make that cheesecake one of these days...and the chocolate pound cake looks tasty!)...but it doesn't make it any less eye-candy for the appetite!
This is a great book to have if you love making desserts like I do. Surprisingly most of the recipes are accessible to make if your level of cooking skill is intermediate. But if not, there are plenty of "easy" recipes as well and a few difficult ones that provide a sense of accomplishment when mastered. I will be enjoying this book for a long time. Hopefully those lucky people who get to eat what I have made with feel lucky as well.
Ronda  Tutt
Beautiful Illustrated and Very Informative on the How To.

The recipes in the book are not only beautifully illustrated but the author is very informative in sections of the how to by giving techniques and equipment to use. A great addition to the cookbooks I already have. There were many great desserts that will have your mouth watering before they are even done.
Haven't made anything from it yet, but my toddler niece and I like to flip through and pretend to eat the delicious desserts in the photos. Edit: I have made something in here! Although not from the cookbook itself, actually from the magazine. But whatever. The key lime cupcakes are delicious.
A terrific resource for all things dessert. The only reason that I did not rate this book a 5 is because I think there should be a picture of every recipe. Only about 1 in 10 recipes include a picture.
Cookbook. [reviewed from e-galley.] A slew of sweet recipes accompanied by delectable photos, and tons of step-by-step instructions for mastering the trickier techniques.
Annie Li
Bon Appetit Desserts is a huge hardcover book with over 600 recipes for all types of Desserts you can think of. Great investment for those that love to bake!
Made 2 things so far and both were Fabulous! Wish there were more pictures though, but I'm finding them online and pinteresting them.
My culinary school friend, Kate, put me on to this deliciously awesome book...Thanks Kate!
Many of the recipes sounded good but this is not a book for the beginning baker.
Stunning. Great recipes. A bible of dessert recipes.
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Barbara Fairchild is editor-in-chief of Bon Appetit magazine. She joined the magazine's staff in 1978 as an editorial assistant, and spent almost 15 years as the executive editor before being promoted to editor-in-chief in 2000. She is a frequent guest on radio and television programs discussing food, restaurants, travel, and popular culture. She has been recognized by the James Beard Foundation's...more
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