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    Alice Medrich's Cookies and Brownies

    Medrich, Alice

    Warner Books
    Published: October 1999
    ISBN: 0446523828

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    Book Description
    In Alice Medrich's Cookies and Brownies, the goal is perfect results. For Medrich, a playful perfectionist who writes with wit, perfection includes big flavors, "noisy textures" that crunch and crackle, and lots of chocolate. Achieving it requires paying attention to details, such as using unsifted, bleached, all-purpose flour, measured so a cup weighs close to five ounces. Other meticulously detailed advice helps you make evenly baked cookies that are tender and rich, not dry or tough.

    There are about 50 recipes in this book. Each is a gem, from the most buttery shortbread (using melted butter is a key) to the most sophisticated, barely sweet chocolate-chunk cookie, truly tangy lemon wafers, and incredibly easy Almond Macaroons. For killer brownies, Medrich offers a new technique she calls the Steve Ritual. Guaranteed to make the outside crustier and the inside creamier, it involves a pan of ice water. Beyond cookie recipes, Medrich includes a doubly peanutty filling for sandwich cookies and a careful guide to chocolate-dipping your favorite cookies and biscotti.

    Luscious color photos and enchanting line drawings illustrate this articulate, one-of-a-kind cookie book. --Dana Jacobi

    From Library Journal
    Almost an embarrassment of riches for dessert lovers, here are new books from four talented bakers. Gand and her husband, Rick Tramonto, are the pastry chef and chef, respectively, of their two popular Chicago restaurants, Brasserie T and Tru. Their first book, American Brasserie, included some of Gand's delicious desserts, and now they offer a generous collection of almost 175 recipes, from Millionaire's Shortbread to Sweet-Hot White Pepper Ice Cream. The writing style is slightly precious... read more

    Book Description
    "MEDRICH IS THE ULTIMATE DESSERT EXPERT." -Los Angeles Daily News When foremost dessert chef Alice Medrich turned her attention to cookies, the most basic of desserts, something wonderful happened-an unparalleled collection of quick and easy recipes for the most deliciously dainty and divinely decadent cookies and brownies you'll ever taste.

    Her name has become synonymous with rich, elegant, mouthwatering chocolate desserts. Now the award-winning dessert maven who's been dubbed America's "First Lady of Chocolate" by Entrepreneur magazine gives cookie lovers everywhere an irresistible treat: a world-class cookbook packed with more than fifty of Alice Medrich's favorite foolproof and gloriously unfussy recipes for such sweet sensations as Chocolate Decadence Cookies, Lemon Wafers, Espresso Swirl Brownies, and Toffee Bars.

    A consummate professional who adheres to the highest standards, Alice Medrich also imparts the hard-won baking wisdom that has made her a culinary star. Here are her tricks and proper techniques for choosing ingredients, mixing, rolling, decorating, and baking that ensure consistently superior results...and elevate cookie baking to an art.

    Perfect for both serious "foodies" and novice cooks, gorgeously illustrated with twenty-five full-color photographs, ALICE MEDRICH'S COOKIES AND BROWNIES is a celebration of fabulous cookies from a chef who knows-and delights in letting us in on-the secret.

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