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Last Minute Gift Idea - Dam Good Sweet Cookbook

Tuesday, December 22, 2009 Posted by Rita A

Oh my goodness. I have a cookbook to feature that is sure to get your mouth watering. Dam Good Sweet by David Guas and food writer Raquel Pelzel. This debut cookbook by New Orleans - bread pastry Chef David Guas has been chosen as one of the best dessert books of 2009 by Food & Wine.

New Orleans shares its wonderful pastries and sweets so beautifully presented by David.

Beignets to peanut brittle to bananas Foster! Now you can recreate the to-die-for sweets -- pralines, heavenly hash, and, of course, pecan pie -- that are synonymous with New Orleans. Just a taste of what awaits you...

•Sweet Potato Tart Tatin
•Calas Fried Rice Fritters
•Lemon Icebox Pie
•Cafe au Lait Cème Brûlée
•The GAP's Fried Apple Pie
•Mahatma Rice Pudding
•Cane Syrup Ice Cream
•Black & Blue Crumble
•Red Velvet Cake and more

The beautiful photos are stunning. The chapter descriptions drew me right in. Starting with Old School N'awlins, here you will find Beignets, Eclairs, and famous King Cake. In Crust and Crmub there is a divine recipe for Black and Blue Crumble made with blackberries an blueberries. The cake selection is incredible. You can make a Southern specialty Red Velvet cake or try the Sweet Corn Cake with Root Beer Syrup. I am going to make that one! I can not wait to make the TAG's PB Brownies. Peanut butter and deep chocolate, sounds so decadent and delightful. I stopped at the Banana Pudding and instantly had a craving for it. This banana pudding is made with banana liquer, banana flavoring and real bananas, topped with vanilla wafer crumble. No fair making something sound so delicious. Pudding made the old fashioned way, easy enough for me to attempt. A New Orleans specialty is Lagniappes (pronounced LAN-yap) is a little something extra you get at the end of a meal, as a gift from the host of chef. Here you will find decadent treats of Pralines, Spiced Pecans and salted Caramels.

I really enjoyed going through Dam Good Sweets cover to cover. I liked reading the little tidbits about the recipes and the wonderful stories intertwined in the book. I wanted this gem of a cookbook to last longer. I hope David and Raquel continue writing cookbooks. Dam Good Sweet is a real treasure.

You can purchase Dam Good Sweet direct from Taunton Press. It is currently on sale for 25% off making the price $18.75 PLUS for 48 hours only Taunton Press is offering Free Shipping! The free shipping offer applies to standard U.S. shipping only. Offer valid until midnight EST on Thursday, December 24, 2009. Shop the sale, with over 900 books available including many cookbooks there must be a title you want.

I am going back to my copy of Dam Good Sweet to drool more.

176 pages, with 45 photographs
Published 2009
ISBN 978-1-60085-118-6

Many thanks to Janel and Taunton Press for providing the review copy.

Disclosure: I received a gratis copy for this review. No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. The opinions above are my own. Others experience may vary.