Classic Home Desserts

By Richard Sax

Original Publisher
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Date of publication
1994
ISBN
0618057080

from the publisher

“More a story of the pleasures of real dessert-making than anything yet written.”—M.F.K. Fisher For this monumental collection, Richard Sax devoted more than a decade to searching out and perfecting more than 350 of the world’s most beloved desserts, “the ones made at home by mothers and grandmothers rather than by professional pastry chefs.” Every uncomplicated homespun classic is here: cobblers and crisps, cakes and cookies, puddings and soufflés, pies and pastries, ice creams and sauces—nineteen chapters in all. Sax’s versions are justifiably legendary among accomplished bakers: Traditional Two-Berry Buckle • Chocolate Cloud Cake • Bon Ton’s New Orleans Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce • Reuben’s Legendary Apple Pancake • Best-Ever Pumpkin Pie • Schrafft’s Hot Fudge Sauce. Sidebars with every recipe—profiles of cooks, engaging recollections of favorite desserts, quotations from hundreds of literary works, and excerpts from old recipes—show how sweets are indelibly woven into the texture of our lives.

Recommended by

Nigella Lawson

Author, journalist, broadcaster and television personality

The canon of home baking in America (and beyond) has always held a particular fascination for me, and this book is an engaging compendium of the genre.

Robyn Eckhardt

Food and travel journalist and author

Marion Nestle

Academic, food activist and author