In the Sweet Kitchen: The Definitive Baker’s Companion (By Regan Daley, Artisan Press, 704 pages, hardcover, $35) This simply seductive and undeniably definitive “bible” on sweet cooking can teach anyone to make an incredible dessert. In addition, it has 23 recipes for every type of cookie lover, more than 150 recipes in all, and turns dessert making into a sweet kitchen adventure for expert and beginner alike. It begins with an examination of the necessary tools and techniques of the baker’s art as well as practical advice on when and why to invest in expensive equipment and when you don’t have to. Also included is a guide to baker’s ingredients along with information on how to select, use, store and substitute ingredients in recipes. Winner of the International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook of the Year award, In the Sweet Kitchen will serve as the definitive reference for ingredients from basic to rare and an incredible collection of dessert recipes.

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