Desserts that Have Killed Better Men Than Me
William Morrow, 2004 (2004)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
ot too long ago, I reviewed Jeremy Jackson's
. I thought that the man must be kidding. How could he write a whole book on Cornbread? Well, he did and did it well. I ate my thoughts as well as some of the results of his wonderful recipes. When I saw this new effort, I had to delve into it. Wow! What recipes! Forget the New Year's resolutions. Kick over the low calorie idea. Treat yourself now and again to some of the most amazing desserts you have ever been privileged to put in your mouth. Liven your taste buds and go for it. Though, as Julia Child said, '
Everything in moderation.
' Jackson informs us that he lost five pounds while writing this cookbook by figuring the desserts into his diet - so it can be done.
pparently the title came to the author from nowhere and of course he just had to write a cookbook to go with it. He claims that '
the basic idea behind the title is that all the desserts in the book are so good they're dangerous. They're knockouts. Lethal, in some instances.
' He's (excuse the pun) dead on. Be sure to read the Introduction, if for no other reason than to have a good laugh. Smile, then move on to Ingredients and segue into Equipment. The first dessert incorporates my most cherished foods – fruits.
Peaches, Blueberries and Almonds En Papillote
. Divine. How about combining tea and fruit?
Earl Grey Applesauce
! Any cheesecake devotee must try
. How about
Orange and Chocolate Chiffon Pie
rhubarb and here's a great recipe for it -
Hanging-Crust Rhubarb Cobbler
. Or there's
Blackberry Oatmeal Pie
, which the author likes to eat in his pajamas because it is so easy and unassuming.
sounds decidedly, deliciously decadent.
n a different level, but just as good, we have
Whole Wheat Poppy Seed Cake
. Jackson calls his
Indispensable Chocolate Torte
little black dress of the dessert world.
' How about the ultimate (combining two popular flavors)
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cake
? Scrumptious. When I was a kid (back in the dark ages) my favorite of my mother's cakes was orange with orange icing. A taste of the past – until now. This cookbook has
Orange Drop Cookies
. I may cry. Soft and silky
Mocha Mousse Wafers
don't contain a lick of flour.
Mint Leaf Ice Cream
looks good enough to give it a try, as does
Lemon Custard Ice Cream
. Then there are the
Think of them as so original they defy convention.
Apple-Pumpkin Bagel Pudding
certainly qualifies for that title. Jackson finishes with a flourish with Basic Recipes like
Easy Tart Dough
. For the sake of space, I've skipped over many mouth-watering desserts - you'll just have to get your own book.
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