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    Desserts and Sweet Snacks: Rustic, Italian Style

    Place, Viana LA
    Place, Viana LA

    Morrow Cookbooks
    Published: June, 1998
    ISBN: 0688141390

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    Book Description
    Italians, it is often said, are healthy in part because they finish meals with a piece of fresh fruit rather than a rich dessert. In fact, the Italians have a fierce sweet tooth. They make plenty of desserts at home and frequent local pasticcerie (pastry shops) regularly. They do, however, usually enjoy these sweets as afternoon snacks, as treats on special occasions, or when received as gifts

    In Desserts and Sweet Snacks, Viana La Place concentrates on the simplest homemade desserts. Some of them barely involve a recipe. She suggests placing on the table an ice-filled bowl containing whole fruits, for example. If this seems too minimal to qualify as dessert, just read the passage describing the end-of-meal ritual of selecting and peeling a piece of fruit, and then leisurely eating it, savoring the aromas, succulence, and ripe sweetness.

    When you must have something more elaborate, La Place offers peach halves stuffed with crumbled amaretti and baked or espresso, lightly gelled and topped with a dollop of whipped cream.

    Baked desserts include a dense, nut-studded Italian Rice Cake and Hazelnut and Lemon Meringues. But La Place really proves how less can be more: it's as simple as finding ripe fruit and embellishing it with liqueur or some other simple flourish. --Dana Jacobi

    Product Description:
    Home-style, elegant, and easy-to-prepare sweets -- inspired by traditional Italian eating, perfect for today's table

    Viana La Place, one of Morrow's most-loved cookbook authors, brings us to Italy, where the best desserts are pure and simple treats made from the freshest ingredients. Viana has a true passion for home-style cooking and eating, which she shares in her teaching and has won her numerous fans.

    Published in the same lush, full-color format as Viana's popular Panini, Bruschetta, Crostini, Desserts and Sweet Snacks presents such delights as ripe fruit in clouds of whipped cream, tender single-layer cakes, and delectable ice creams. Sweet Olive Oil Cake with Lemon needs only a hot espresso to make a satisfying afternoon snack; Pink Honeydew Ice Cream cools on a sultry day. For Viana, sweets are inextricably linked to experiences in Italy, which she relates in beautiful narrative reminiscences interlaced with the recipes. Desserts and Sweet Snacks is a wonderful culinary trip and a collection of recipes to be savored.

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