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    Semi-Homemade Desserts: Easy Delicious Desserts and Nothing is Made from Scratch

    Lee, Sandra

    Published: October 2003
    ISBN: 1401359272

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    Book Description
    From Publishers Weekly
    In this newest by Lee, author of the bestselling Semi-Homemade Cooking, a typical ingredients list reads like an index of advertising sponsors-Duncan Hines, Nestle, Carnation. According to Lee, that's the idea. Why buy fresh ingredients when you can buy mixes and prepared foods that allow you to skip a few steps? The gimmick-buy name-brand food items and transform them into glorious dishes-is a good one, but the results are often less than satisfactory. (One additional downside with this approach-aside from the chemical and additives involved-is that many of these dishes emphasize attitude rather than flavor.) Recipes such as Pastel Petit Fours, which are relatively time-intensive, look much better than they taste. This is less true of the Frozen Oreo Cake, but the Easter Bunny Cake (which requires eight name-brand ingredients) is not only overly sweet, but somewhat unattractive. Of course, some of the recipes appeal to the palate by virtue of the ingredients alone. Who doesn't like whipped topping, especially if it's mixed with fruit-flavored gelatin? For the reader who tends to purchase items like the ones used herein, these recipes are sure to appeal. Perhaps unnecessarily, headshots of television stars accompany many of the recipes, something that suggests the recipes either come from or are favorites of well-known people-e.g., there's Sex and the City's Kristin Davis's Savvy-Simple Limewhip Angel Food Cake and Katie Couric's Early Morning Raspberry Crescent Ring.
    Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

    The New York Times
    "...great ideas for simple and quick dishes."

    Book Description
    Sandra Lee—author of the New York Times bestseller Semi-Homemade Cooking—returns with over 100 quick and delicious recipes for everyone's favorite course—dessert.

    Sandra Lee shares her Semi-Homemade technique of combining fresh ingredients with specially selected store-bought items—from cake mixes to Cool Whip. You can now create desserts that are as simple to make as they are sensational to eat. Each Semi-Homemade treat tastes as if it were made 100% from scratch—but is created in a fraction of the time.

    Semi-Homemade Desserts even includes a chapter with fun-to-make recipes from your favorite celebrities as well as a bonus chapter to help you host the most incredibly creative gatherings for your friends and family. The best part is you can do it all in minutes, with products right from your cupboard.

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