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Classic Home Desserts: A Treasury of Heirloom and Contemporary Recipes from Around the World

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  233 ratings  ·  19 reviews
For this collection, unmatched in the field of dessert cookbooks, Richard Sax devoted more than a decade to searching out and perfecting 350 of the world's best and most beloved home desserts. Everything the cook longs for is here: cobblers and crisps, cakes and cookies, puddings and soufflés, pies and pastries, ice creams and sauces. Extensive sidebars - profiles of cooks ...more
Hardcover, 688 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published November 1st 1994)
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I'm going to be reading and baking from this book for a quite while (well forever) and it's divine so far.

Well worth making:

- Quintessential Coffee Cake
- Baked Pear/Apple Pudding
- Shortcakes with Buttermilk-Almond Biscuits
- Whipped Cream Pound Cake

Simply good.

So now I'm getting it. These are "home" desserts, those that you'd remember from your childhood or if not, these recipes will become part of your life. Nothing fancy, no exotic ingredients here. One can make a recipe without first r
Nov 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The only reason it took me so long to finish this book is because there were so many recipes I wanted to try (and, let's be honest, hoard). Sax's tome is everything a cookbook should be, I think. It has a wide (wide, wide) variety of recipes, possesses a tight focus (homemade desserts), and offers a great deal of information regarding the recipes' histories.

His chapter introductions and recipe headnotes are chockful of attention-grabbing and occasionally ancient tidbits of food history. He cove
Jul 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Huge cookbook - "A treasury of heirloom and contemporary recipes from around the world." Lots of recipes, with quotes and stories. Histories of desserts and types of desserts. Excellent baking instructions. Includes basic info bakers should know.

Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic cook book, only wish I baked more to enjoy these recipes.
Brittany Arcand
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this book like a novel. AND cooked from it. Both approaches were excellent!!!
Feb 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: baking-books, meh, cookery
I had high hopes for this book. I really, really did. But after reading through this book and trying one recipe, I realized that I may not be this cookbook's target audience, despite being an avid home baker. What really irked me about this book is the directions are fussy. I mean really fussy. To illustrate my frustration, I will share the great pancake debacle. This particular recipe made me not want to make anything else from this cookbook.

In this book is a recipe for Reuben's Legendary Appl
O Babs
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great breadth of styles of dessert. Carefully edited; never had a recipe fail. Written with spark and knowledge. Sax's untimely death was a sad loss.

I especially appreciate that Sax wrote this for home cooks and before food became entertainment on the Food Network and its ilk. The photographs show good-looking desserts but not over-the-top concoctions that no one wants to cut into (and some of us fear are far more style than substance). This is really good food in recipes accessible to anyone wh
Renee Hawkins
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have had this cookbook at least 18 years and it is still my go to dessert cookbook over all of the many others ( sorry Nick, Carole and Julia). The book has multiple recipes for a variety of simple desserts, so you can find the recipe that will make the dessert you want. It is especially helpful in the Summer or Fall for the simple crisps or crumbles with seasonal fruits. It is one of two cookbooks that I give as gifts. it occasionally goes out of print, so grab a copy if you do not already ow ...more
Tiffany T
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was impressed by the size of this book, it's over 600 pages and there are a ton of dessert recipes. It's the sort of book I'm sure you could find a good recipe to make every time you reached for it. I couldn't give it 5 stars however because there aren't a lot of pictures and I think pictures are critical to a good cookbook. I also liked the pink sections explaining the historical context behind each recipe. A very nice cookbook! ...more
Mar 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cooks, bakers
Shelves: domestic
A wonderful dessert/baked goods cookbook. I've successfully modified a lot of the recipes to accomodate The Banshe's diabetes and renal failure. I just wish Richard Sax were alive so I could let him know how much his cookbook has helped me. ...more
Dec 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food
Another cookbook that I love to simply read. Richard Sax comes across as utterly delightful and fun. The care he put into his research as well as into his prose is inspiring. Oh, and the recipes are terrific too! Try Ligita's Quick Apple Cake. Amazing. ...more
Jul 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: foodie
Shelves: cookbooks
What a history of desserts. I have made several recipes out this book and not one failed. This gets a Brett's Food Choice Award.. ...more
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fantastic. Recipes and anecdotes rich with history. I loved the variety of recipes, and couldn't help but stare at all of the gorgeous pictures. ...more
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
A masterpiece!
Sep 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
An excellent book of some classic desserts. Many anecdotes and bits of history scattered throughout.
Jul 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's too hot to bake, so I read this and plan for the first cold day. ...more
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